Rachel Becker

Rachel Becker

Rachel Becker is a journalist reporting on California’s complex water challenges and water policy issues for CalMatters. Rachel has a background in biology, with master's degrees in both immunology and science journalism. Before joining CalMatters, Rachel was a staff science reporter at The Verge, and her byline has also appeared in outlets including National Geographic News, Smithsonian, Slate, and Nature. In 2021 she won first place for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and in 2022 Rachel was the inaugural recipient of the Water Education Foundation’s Rita Schmidt Sudman Award for Excellence in Water Journalism.

Juvenile chinook salmon collected for lab testing on the Klamath River near Weitchpec, California on July 20, 2023.

Saving salmon: Newsom unveils blueprint for ending decades-long decline 

By: - January 31, 2024

With salmon populations throughout California declining for decades and facing the threat of extinction, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a state strategy aimed at protecting and restoring the iconic species “amidst hotter and drier weather exacerbated by climate change.” The blueprint released Tuesday calls for tearing down dams and improving passages for migrating salmon, restoring flows in key […]