Richard Gonzales
Steve Barrett/N/A

Richard Gonzales

Correspondent, San Francisco, National Desk

Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco. Along with covering the daily news of region, Gonzales' reporting has included medical marijuana, gay marriage, drive-by shootings, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, the California State Supreme Court and any other legal, political, or social development occurring in Northern California relevant to the rest of the country.

Gonzales joined NPR in May 1986. He covered the U.S. State Department during the Iran-Contra Affair and the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Four years later, he assumed the post of White House Correspondent and reported on the prelude to the Gulf War and President George W. Bush's unsuccessful re-election bid. Gonzales covered the U.S. Congress for NPR from 1993-94, focusing on NAFTA and immigration and welfare reform.

In September 1995, Gonzales moved to his current position after spending a year as a John S. Knight Fellow Journalism at Stanford University.

In 2009, Gonzales won the Broadcast Journalism Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He also received the PASS Award in 2004 and 2005 from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for reports on California's juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

Prior to NPR, Gonzales was a freelance producer at public television station KQED in San Francisco. From 1979 to 1985, he held positions as a reporter, producer, and later, public affairs director at KPFA, a radio station in Berkeley, CA.

Gonzales graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and social relations. He is a co-founder of Familias Unidas, a bi-lingual social services program in his hometown of Richmond, California.

[+] read more[-] less

San Francisco's Mission District will be one of four additional neighborhoods given preferential access to an affordable senior housing complex in an agreement between the city and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Harvard University's nation-leading $35.7 billion endowment suffered a 2 percent loss on its investments in fiscal 2016. Katarzyna Baumann#125911/Moment Editorial/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Katarzyna Baumann#125911/Moment Editorial/Getty Images

A self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid Uber is displayed last week at the companies' Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, the Department of Transportation will announce a set of policy proposals designed to ensure the safety of autonomous and automated vehicles. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

toggle caption Gene J. Puskar/AP

About 5,000 people have entered the lottery for the proposed Willie B. Kennedy development in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood. Courtesy of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp.

How 'Equal Access' Is Helping Drive Black Renters Out Of Their Neighborhood

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Edward Snowden, who is in Moscow, is seen on a giant screen during a live video conference for an interview as part of an Amnesty International event in Paris in December 2014. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence published a summary report accusing Snowden of causing "tremendous damage to U.S. national security." Charles Platiau/AP hide caption

toggle caption Charles Platiau/AP

Protesters wear gas masks at a hearing over a leak at the Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the utility pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and agreed to pay $4 million to settle the case. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

toggle caption Richard Vogel/AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. Pence released 10 years of his tax returns revealing a modest income. A Pence spokesman says Trump won't release his until after "a routine audit." Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

toggle caption Ross D. Franklin/AP

California State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, holds a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, setting a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

toggle caption Richard Vogel/AP

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington in April. Federal prosecutors say they are dropping corruption charges against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned their corruption convictions. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP

The China team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The games feature more than 4,300 athletes from 161 countries. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Mexico's Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray looks down as President Enrique Pena Nieto announces Videgaray's resignation in Mexico City. Videgaray, one of Pena Nieto's closest confidants, reportedly engineered the unpopular decision to invite Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to visit Mexico. Dario Lopez-Mills/AP hide caption

toggle caption Dario Lopez-Mills/AP