Gray Area Episode 2: Cheryl

How do you forgive the unforgivable? Cheryl Ward-Kaiser leads us down a path of shocking twists and turns. Her story contains detailed descriptions of violence, so it may not be appropriate for everyone. But by the end, we know you’ll understand why Cheryl’s story inspires us and needs to be heard.


This episode was produced by me, and co-produced by Mara Reynolds. Special thanks to KAZU-fm and Krista Almanzan for the use of their studios and time, and to Emma Wynne-Jones.

The music was by Ketsa from the Free Music Archive.

Our theme song was written and performed by my brother, John Reynolds.

BONUS TRACK | Best to listen to the podcast before the bonus track.


National and international resources
The Centre for Justice & Reconciliation, a program of Prison Fellowship International based in Washington DC

Restorative Justice resources in California’s Central Coast
Restorative Justice Partners Inc.

Monterey County Restorative Justice Commission

Confict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County

Photo | Conner Jay


Photo of Cheryl with a photo of her husband Jamie by Conner Jay

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Julie Reynolds Martínez

About Julie Reynolds Martínez

Julie Reynolds Martínez is a freelance journalist who has reported for the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Nation, NPR, PBS, the NewsGuild and other outlets. She is a co-founder of Voices of Monterey Bay.