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Monica Lopez is a producer at The National Radio Project. She has a 16-year track record as a reporter and producer based in California, and enjoys working with reporters throughout the process of developing a story. She thinks rendering speed is a quality of life issue, and wishes everyone could receive the University of California president’s rental stipend. She was formerly a news director and producer at KCSB, Santa Barbara, California; the media center director at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a senior producer and reporter at Free Speech Radio News. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, with an emphasis in film studies, creative writing and Spanish, and her master’s degree in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.