The former McClellan Air Force Base has been closed for years, but the U.S. Air Force is building an arena-sized radioactive waste dump on the property that it wants to transfer to the city of Sacramento, Calif.

CREDITS:

Reporters: Katharine Mieszkowski and Matt Smith
Producer, Camera, Editor and Narrator: Sharon Pieczenik
Senior Editor: Andrew Donohue
Senior Producer: Stephen Talbot 
Aerial footage provided by KXTV  
Archival images provided by the U.S. Air Force

 

Sharon Pieczenik is a senior associate producer for The Center for Investigative Reporting. Her passion lies in creating multimedia stories that are both entertaining and educational. She has interviewed and filmed people from a myriad of cultures, from the gauchos of Argentina to the inmates of Montana state prisons, from miners in Wyoming to conservationists in Madagascar. Before joining CIR, Sharon crafted multimedia strategies and deliverables for organizations like Polar Bears International, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Natural History Unit Africa and Montana PBS. Sharon studied international relations at Stanford University and received her master’s degree in science and natural history filmmaking from Montana State University.