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KQED Senior Managment

Michael Isip

Michael Isip

Vice President, Television

Michael oversees local and national television production and programming for KQED, which owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area) and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey), plus multicast channels KQED Life, KQED Kids, KQED World and V-Me.

KQED is one of the most-watched public television stations during prime time. As of 2012, KQED has increased its locally and nationally produced and branded television content to an all-time high of 160 hours of programming a year. Ongoing local series include Check, Please! Bay Area, QUEST, This Week in Northern California, Truly CA, ImageMakers, Computer History Museum Presents: Revolutionaries, This is Us and performances from the San Francisco Opera. Recent national productions include a broad range of programming from Essential Pépinto Film School Shorts and the top preschool series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! PBS prime-time specials have included Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures; Great Performances: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker; and The Gold Rush and Summer of Love for American Experience.

Michael has 18 years of broadcast media experience, with eight years in senior management. He is currently a member of the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley Fellow program, Class XXIV. Michael is also on the board of directors for Pacific Islanders in Communications and the PBS documentary series POV. Other fellowships include the PBS Diversity Committee, the National Association of Broadcasters, a Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health and a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health. The Father's Day Council and the American Diabetes Association named him a Bay Area Father of the Year honoree in 2006.

Prior to coming to KQED, Michael was executive producer at KVIE Public Television in Sacramento. He started his career at WLS-TV, ABC in Chicago. Michael has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from DePaul College of Law. Michael, Vicki and their two kids Cole and Mia live in Oakland.

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