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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Cannabis Typo Draws Laughs In Senate Budget Committee Hearing

Jun 15, 2017

ALSO: It didn’t garner much attention amid the news of a state budget deal, but a bill to make California a “sanctuary state” has passed its first committee in the Assembly.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Adler.

Brown, Democratic Legislative Leaders Announce Budget Deal

Jun 14, 2017
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ALSO: There is now officially a California budget deal at the state Capitol. Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced an agreement Tuesday morning, although most of the bills that comprise the deal were made public Monday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

California Budget Deal Emerges Despite Lack Of Formal Announcement

Jun 13, 2017

ALSO: California lawmakers are heading towards a Thursday vote on a budget package. One piece of it is the so-called “cannabis trailer bill” which aims to align the state’s rules for medical and recreational marijuana.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Julia Mitric.

Recycling Overhaul Stalls in State Capitol

Jun 12, 2017

ALSO: The California State University says graduation rates are the highest they've ever been, but they want to almost double them by 2025.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Sally Schilling.

CHINA: Brown's Whirlwind Tour Comes To An End

Jun 9, 2017
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California Governor Jerry Brown is back in California, after five whirlwind days in China. It ended much as it began.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

CHINA: Gov. Brown Cautious On 100 Percent Renewable Bill

Jun 8, 2017
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ALSO: Republican state lawmakers from rural counties are pushing a proposed constitutional amendment to give their constituents a louder voice in the California State Senate.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

Critics Say Doctors Are Taking Advantage Of 'Aid In Dying' Law

Jun 7, 2017

ALSO: The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday over whether a voter-approved initiative that seeks to streamline the death penalty process is unconstitutional.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Adler.

State Senate Leader Kevin de León claimed last week that California has 10 times as many clean energy jobs as the nation has coal mining jobs. PolitiFact California found this needs some clarifications, and rated it Mostly True.

Find more fact checks from Politifact California HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Questions Loom Over Single Payer Bill After Senate Passage

Jun 5, 2017

ALSO: The California Assembly has passed an effort to create a “sanctuary state” policy for recreational marijuana.

Today's reporting by Sally Shilling and Ben Adler.

Divided California Senate Passes Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Jun 2, 2017
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The California Senate has advanced a bill that would create a statewide single-payer health care system after more than two-and-a-half hours of debate.

Today's reporting by Ben Alder.

Bail System Overhaul Passes California Senate

Jun 1, 2017
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ALSO: The California Nurses Association which is advocating for a single-payer health care system, says California can fund it by raising taxes.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sally Schilling.

Why Relax the Fine for Rolling Right Turns?

May 31, 2017

ALSO: California middle and high school students would get to sleep in under a bill that passed the state Senate Tuesday.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Adler.

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Republican State Assemblyman recently claimed Gov. Jerry Brown has slashed funds set aside for California's tree mortality crisis. PolitiFact California found this misleading and rated it Mostly False.

Find full fact-checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Health Insurers File Contingency Plans For 2018

May 29, 2017
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ALSO: The California Senate will consider this week whether the state’s electricity should come entirely from renewable power by mid-century.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Bradford.

ALSO: California's Chief Justice says caseloads for dependency lawyers are far too great and state lawmakers should approve an additional $22 million to bring caseloads to a manageable level.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sally Schilling.

California Dems Defend Senator From Recall Effort

May 25, 2017
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ALSO: Child care, preschool and after school programs. Medi-Cal provider rates. And an expansion of California’s “Earned Income Tax Credit.” Those programs would get higher state funding under the spending plan put forth this week by Assembly Democrats.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

California Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez claimed Gov. Jerry Brown is 'diverting' 30 percent of the new gas tax revenue to non-road pet projects.

Read full versions of all fact checks.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Single-Payer Health Care Cost Pegged At $400 Billion

May 23, 2017
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ALSO: The California Assembly has voted to eliminate the authority of school districts to allow guns on campuses.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

ALSO: The University of California’s constitutional independence has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers from forcing changes at the UC. There’s one action that would instantly overhaul university leadership that the governor can take–but hasn't.

Today's reporting by  Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

UC Regents Defend Napolitano, Vow Closer Look At Her Budget

May 19, 2017
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There appears to be a growing disconnect between the University of California and state elected officials in Sacramento. Thursday’s UC regents meeting differed sharply in tone from a California legislative hearing earlier this month.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Volkswagen Will Make New Electric Vehicles For California

May 18, 2017

ALSO: University of California regents will publicly discuss a blistering state audit of UC President Janet Napolitano’s office for the first time when they meet in San Francisco today.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Adler.

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Backers of California after-school programs are pushing hard for their first state funding increase in a decade, even as the Trump administration has called for cutting federal funding.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Assembly Bill Bans Edible Marijuana From Looking Like Candy

May 16, 2017

ALSO: The California Chamber of Commerce will continue to pursue its lawsuit against the state’s signature climate-change program, cap-and-trade.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Food Banks Brace for CA Cuts to Drought Assistance

May 15, 2017

ALSO: With water supply concerns still fresh following California’s severe drought, top Democrats in the state are lining up behind a controversial ocean desalination plant in Orange County.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

Revised Budget Withholds UC Money Until It Adopts Audit Changes

May 12, 2017
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ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown’s newly revised budget proposal walks back planned cuts to a program helping old and disabled people. California counties had feared they’d have to pick up the tab.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

Brown To Release Updated Spending Plan Thursday

May 11, 2017
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Look for California Gov. Jerry Brown to renew his message of “fiscal discipline." Also, there’s a growing body of lawmakers who want to overhaul cap-and-trade, and that’s created some strange bedfellows.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

ALSO: Civil rights and labor groups rallied in support of a bill that would allow local governments to investigate employment discrimination claims, as state and federal employment departments face major backlogs.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Sally Schilling.

ALSO: State and federal officials usher in Wildfire Awareness Week.

Find full versions of all fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Julia Mitric.

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ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown and the League of California Cities are lauding each other’s efforts in passing a 52 billion dollar transportation bill earlier this month. But they may have different priorities for what's next...

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

Bill Would Shed Light On Prescription Drug Price-Setting

Apr 19, 2017

ALSO: More than a million permits for disabled drivers and riders handed out by the California Department of Motor Vehicles over three years were questionably approved.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Daniel Potter.