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|KQED Election 2004 Television/Radio/Web Specials Examine Key Election Issues Affecting Northern California Voters|
Live Multimedia Simulcast Hosted by Veteran Journalist Cynthia Gorney to Air Four Fridays Leading Up to November 2
Visit www.kqed.org/election for Complete KQED/NPR/PBS Election Coverage
San Francisco, California, September 27, 2004 -- KQED Public Broadcasting today announced a series of four live, one-hour multimedia specials that will explore key presidential election issues relevant to the lives of Northern Californians. KQED Election 2004 will be simulcast on KQED Public Television 9 and KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM San Francisco/89.3 FM Sacramento, and streamed live on KQED.org every Friday at 9pm, beginning October 8 and concluding October 29.
In an effort to empower voters with substantive information, each episode of KQED Election 2004 will focus on a major presidential campaign issue directly affecting Northern Californians: Security and Civil Liberties (Oct. 8), The Economy (Oct. 15), Health Care (Oct. 22) and The Environment (Oct. 29). Audience participation is an integral part of each program, which invites on-line input prior to the broadcast at www.kqed.org/election and includes opportunities for audience members to call or e-mail questions or comments during the broadcast.
The first KQED Election 2004 special on Friday, October 8 at 9pm, caps a complete evening of election coverage following the second presidential debate. At 8pm, immediately after the debate, This Week in Northern California will air a live roundtable special featuring Bay Area journalists that will dissect the debate and provide analysis from Bay Area and California perspectives.
"Our election specials lend the full power of our digital technologies toward serving our audience with the most informative, pertinent and engaging programming," said John Boland, KQED executive vice president and chief content officer. "KQED's unique multimedia capacity will provide Northern Californians with an interactive service to help them make informed choices during this crucial election season."
KQED Election 2004 is KQED's second major multimedia initiative featuring live simulcast since the public broadcaster began conversion of its facilities to digital technology. In March 2003, On the Homefront in Northern California explored community perspectives, impact and response to the launch of the war in Iraq. KQED's multimedia initiatives are able to reach a potential audience of more than 6 million via television, radio and the Web.
KQED Election 2004 episode details:
October 8: Security and Civil Liberties
How prepared is the Bay Area in the face of terrorism? How safe are we keeping our ports, bridges and airports? What personal freedoms do we give up to ensure our security?
October 15: The Economy
Recent studies show that Northern California is still struggling to regain significant job losses. How will the candidates' policies affect the Bay Area economy, as more companies move jobs overseas?
October 22: Health Care
Roughly 20 percent of Californians are not medically insured. We'll examine health care issues such as rising premiums, health coverage for the working poor and prescription drug costs.
October 29: The Environment
A study this summer by the Public Policy Institute of California revealed that environmental protection is a crucial issue for California voters. How would each administration address such issues as energy and air quality in California?
KQED Election 2004 is accompanied by extensive election coverage and programming available on KQED Public Television, KQED Public Radio, and online. In addition to offering a forum for users to offer input for KQED Election 2004, www.kqed.org/election provides a comprehensive listing of election oriented public broadcasting programming and voter resources including audio and video clips of recent election stories, a searchable list of local polling places and district ballots, links to state and national sites for major candidates, and a "You Decide" exercise in which visitors weigh the pros and cons of the electoral college system.
Cynthia Gorney is associate dean at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a former staff writer for the Washington Post, where she worked as a West Coast–based national correspondent, South America bureau chief and metro reporter. She is the author of Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion War, and has written for numerous magazines, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Health, O: The Oprah Magazine and Bazaar. She also has worked as a visiting Poynter Institute teacher, a newsroom writing coach and consultant, and a host and interviewer on KQED Public Radio's Forum. Gorney is a past recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors feature writing award. At the School of Journalism, she teaches feature writing, reporting the news, law and ethics, profiles, and a variety of other writing courses.
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.