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|KQED Public Broadcasting Names New Television Senior Management|
Veteran Television Managers Steve Welch and Michael Isip Promoted to Executive Director, TV Operations and Engineering and Executive Director, TV Production and Programming, Respectively
San Francisco, California -- KQED Public Broadcasting today announced the promotions of Steve Welch to Executive Director, TV Operations and Engineering, and Michael Isip to Executive Director, TV Production and Programming. Welsh and Isip will both report directly to John Boland, executive vice president and chief content officer for KQED.
Welch will oversee all television technical operations, including broadcast and production facilities, equipment and personnel, training, scheduling, and engineering.
Isip will direct all areas related to television content including production, acquisition, programming, creative services, and research and development.
"Since joining KQED, both Steve and Michael have demonstrated excellent management skills and have fostered cooperative efforts throughout KQED in order to better serve our community and explore the full capabilities of our new digital technology." said Boland.
Steve Welch joined KQED in April of 2000 and has successfully led the operations and engineering departments through KQED's revolutionary transition to digital technology. He brings more than 30 years of television management experience to the senior team. Prior to KQED, he spent most of his professional career at KCTS TV in Seattle, where he began as a television producer/director and served nearly a decade as director of broadcast and production operations. He completed his tenure as director of HDTV production and facility marketing, a role in which he helped establish KCTS as the early leader in U.S. production of HDTV content.
Welch received the PBS Engineering Individual Achievement Award in 1995, among other honors. During the digital transition in Seattle, he traveled to Japan three times to study advanced television at NHK (Japan National Broadcasting). After leaving KCTS, Welch worked as an HD production and marketing consultant for KCTS, Convergence Services, Corbis Corp., WETA TV, American Production Services, and the Arnold Creative Group. He earned his B.A. at the University of Washington.
Michael Isip joined KQED in June 2001 as executive producer in the television production department and has demonstrated expertise as a manager, television producer, and organizer of multimedia projects and strategic partnerships. He serves as executive producer of This Week in Northern California, KQED's longest-running series, and produced the acclaimed documentary Hope on the Street. He also led the innovative multimedia initiative, On the Homefront, during the first weeks of the war in Iraq, and oversaw KQED's participation in a multimedia election coverage partnership, a McNeil-Lehrer citizen engagement effort, and a national town hall program following 9/11.
In 2003, Isip was one of five journalists from around the U.S. to receive a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship in Health. Isip was also one of seven journalists awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health in 2000. Before coming to KQED, Isip worked five years at KVIE TV in Sacramento as executive producer of news and public affairs and was a two-time winner of the California Journalism Award for Television Coverage of State Government and Politics. He began his career as a field producer at WLS TV, the ABC affiliate in Chicago. Isip received his B.A. from Cornell University, his J.D. from DePaul University, and he is a licensed attorney in Illinois.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.