Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host


Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB in 2008 as a volunteer, hosting Saturday mornings. He eventually took over as weekday Afternoon host, later taking on the duties of weekday Morning host as well. Mark continues to host the weekday Morning and Afternoon drive times, and has a lot of fun doing it. 

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California Update for Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017
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• Gov. Jerry Brown has signed 15 bills that backers hope will finally begin to address California’s extraordinarily high housing costs.

• How well did Proposition 54 work in its first year? The ballot measure required bills at the Capitol be printed three days prior to a final vote. Experts weigh in on what worked and what did not.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, September 29, 2017

Sep 29, 2017
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Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a package of bills Friday that seek to address California’s exorbitant housing costs. One piece that’s flown below the radar would make it harder for cities and counties to evade state housing mandates.

Find easy-to-understand, one-sentence summaries of each measure HERE.

ALSO: Starting in 2020, California will hold primary elections in March, under a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown Wednesday.

California Update for Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sep 28, 2017
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POLITIFACT CALIFORNIA: Claims Mislead About Jail Time For Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun

Conservative media has fueled the misleading claim that California's LGBT Senior Bill of Rights, if signed into law, would send people to jail for using the wrong transgender pronoun. PolitiFact California examined these out-of-context statements.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Find full versions of all fact checks at PolitiFact California.

California Update for Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017
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Just as studies have shown that people who order diet drinks tend to increase their consumption of foods loaded with fats, sugars, and salt, new research out of UC Davis shows Californians do a similar thing when it comes to their vehicles.

ALSO, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that allows law enforcement agencies to not release body camera footage depicting rape victims.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Adler

California Update for Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sep 26, 2017
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Federal officials told California Friday that Russians probed the state's election system for vulnerabilities before the 2016 election. That's raising new questions over a bill on Governor Jerry Brown's desk.

ALSO, as Mexico City digs out from under last week's massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake, a UC professor is helping to develop a new system called "seismic nowcasting" that uses previous history of tremors to predict future quakes.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Remington.


Police in Zanzibar, Tanzania, arrested 20 people, including 12 women and 8 men, in the latest crackdown on homosexuality in that country and the police chief is promising more arrests. 

Also, Jeff Mateer, one of Donald Trump's latest nominees for the U.S. District Court in Texas, in 2015 called transgender children part of “Satan's plan.”  He supported gay conversion therapy and said marriage equality would lead to recognizing other “disgusting” type of unions. 

School Districts Push For Faster Construction Funds

Sep 25, 2017
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ALSO: Speaking in San Francisco Friday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted the current GOP health care proposal saying it would cause millions of Californians to lose their health care coverage.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

California's Obamacare Supporters Brace for Newest Repeal Push

Sep 22, 2017
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After years of pushing enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, California could lose billions for low-income health care if the Graham-Cassidy bill passes.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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ALSO: California has filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s border wall. The suit says plans to begin construction in San Diego and Imperial Counties could harm the state’s sensitive environmental resources.

Find more Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Jean Guerrero (KPBS).

ALSO: Four California counties are preparing for an overhaul of how they conduct elections, before voters head to the polls next year.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

ALSO: A new U.C. Berkeley study finds a quarter of registered California voters have considered moving out of state because it costs so much to live here.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

  Campus Pride released the 2017 Shame List of colleges and universities that openly discriminate against LGBTQ students. Find out which California campuses made this year’s list.  

  Also, the nation continues to mourn the death of Edith Windsor, the courageous woman who took on the Defense of Marriage act in 2013 and won.  Her case set the foundation for the 2015 landmark marriage equality case.

Outbeat Radio News can be heard as part of Outbeat Radio every Sunday evening at 8 pm on KRCB FM Radio 91.

ALSO: Getting to California’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 won’t happen without changes in people’s behavior, a new UC Davis study found.

Find all Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Amy Quinton.

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ALSO: A push to move back school start times in California has stalled in the state Assembly.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

New Protections For LGBT Seniors In Long-Term Care Facilities

Sep 14, 2017
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ALSO: The California Legislature has voted to let K-through-12 students who return to the U.S. after leaving the country when their parents were deported to also return to school.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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ALSO: California lawmakers are once again trying to expand job-protected family leave to new mothers and fathers who work in small businesses.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Adler.

Mexico Promises Aid For DACA Recipients

Sep 12, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers are set to make a few last-minute edits this week to rules governing the state’s cannabis industry. Among the changes, the bill would allow stores that sell medical marijuana to also offer recreational pot come January.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter. 

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When LGBT dreamers enrolled in DACA, they provided the government with detailed information about them that could be used to make it easier to locate them for deportation putting some people at risk when returning to a country that doesn’t accept LGBT people. 

Also, three former secretaries of military branches have come out against President Trump’s transgender military ban in one of several law suits filed against the President.

Outbeat Radio News can be heard as part of Outbeat Radio every Sunday evening at 8 pm on KRCB FM Radio 91. 

Irma Weakens But Still Packs A Punch As It Moves Toward Georgia

Sep 11, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers have just one week of work left in Sacramento. They’ve got roughly 600 bills to plow through before they adjourn for the year Friday night.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

Drug Transparency Measure Done For The Year

Sep 8, 2017

ALSO: University of California campuses would be prohibited from conferring with the UC Office of the President when answering requests from the state Auditor’s office under a bill that passed the Assembly Thursday.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

ALSO: An effort to close a loophole in California law that’s allowed concealed carry permit holders to bring guns to schools is one step away from Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Adler.

California Lawmakers React To Trump's Move To End DACA

Sep 6, 2017
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ALSO: A California L-G-B-T rights group is the latest to challenge the Trump administration’s recent ban on transgender people enlisting in the military.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

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ALSO: Scientists at U.C. Davis have found a genetic distinction between chinook salmon that migrate in spring and fall. That has a Northern California tribe calling to make spring chinook an endangered species. But some farmers are skeptical...

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Daniel Potter.

New App Helps Parents Screen for Scoliosis

Sep 4, 2017

Some physicians say parents should be screening for scoliosis, even if California schools aren't. Shriners Hospitals put out a new app to make it easier.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Drug Price Transparency Bill Faces Crucial Committee Vote

Sep 1, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers could take the first steps Friday towards passing a package of bills that seek to reduce the state’s soaring housing costs, with up to a dozen different bills coming up for votes.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

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ALSO: A federal judge issued summary judgment that the Department of the Interior has illegally suspended an Obama-era rule that could increase costs for the coal industry

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Proposal Would Extend Provisional License to Drivers Under 21

Aug 30, 2017
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ALSO: County government officials are strongly opposed to a bill they say would severely limit their ability to contract with health care and social service providers. We'll look at the goal of the bill and the opposition it's created.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

California Needs To Invest Billions For Flood Protection

Aug 29, 2017
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ALSO: A California Supreme Court ruling paves an easier path for new city and county taxes.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Bradford.

Will California Legislature Act On Housing This Week?

Aug 28, 2017
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ALSO: Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon convened a committee to tackle universal health care.

Today' reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

California's Top Court Upholds Expedited Death Penalty

Aug 25, 2017

ALSO: California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has laid out a path forward for universal health care legislation – but not the single-payer bill he sidelined earlier this year.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.