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|KQED Public Radio announces Oanh Ha as new host of Pacific Time|
January 17, 2007. San Francisco, CA -- Pacific Time, KQED's nationwide radio program reporting on Asian and Asian American stories, connections, and trends, has named K. Oanh Ha its new host. Pacific Time is distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). She succeeds Nguyen Qui Duc, who remains a correspondent for Pacific Time from Hanoi, Vietnam. Ha's first broadcast will be Thursday, February 1, at 6:30pm and 11pm.
Oanh Ha, an award-winning journalist who has reported on Asia and Asian American issues for the last decade, comes to KQED from the San Jose Mercury News, where she was the paper's Asia Pacific correspondent. Ha has covered economic developments and dissident movements in Vietnam and China. Her stories also explore the impact of globalization and the connections between Asia and America, from venture capital to Korean hip hop to Japanese toilets.
"We are delighted that Oanh Ha has joined the KQED staff as host of Pacific Time," remarks Jo Anne Wallace, Vice President and General Manager of KQED Public Radio. "Ha brings to her new assignment an impressive record of reporting about the region and great enthusiasm about stories that Pacific Time will be covering in the future."
Ha began her journalism career as a business reporter, covering technology and tech culture, as well as small and minority businesses. An investigative series she co-authored about Asian immigrants illegally assembling computer products in their homes for top Silicon Valley firms led to a federal investigation and compensation for the workers.
Ha's stories have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and The Orange County Register. She was awarded the Asia Foundation Freeman Fellowship in 2005, and has received numerous other fellowships and awards, including those from the Associated Press News Executives Council, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Peninsula Press Club.
Pacific Time, produced by KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, explores the ideas, trends and cultural patterns that flow between Asia and North America. Launched in November, 2000, the program is distributed by Public Radio International and carried by over 20 stations in cities such as New York, Washington DC, Seattle, San Diego, and on Radio 3 in Hong Kong. KERA-FM in Dallas and WBEZ-FM in Chicago add the program to their stations this month.
The half-hour weekly program airs locally on Thursdays at 6:30pm and 11pm on KQED 88.5FM (San Francisco) and KQEI 89.3FM (Sacramento). Reporting from both sides of the Pacific, Pacific Time emphasizes stories that are not told regularly in the news media -- stories about trans-Pacific connections and the collisions, blending and change that occur when Asia and America meet. The Pacific Time Website at kqed.org/pacifictime features audio archives of previous shows, a complete listing of Pacific Time broadcasts across the country, as well as links to listen live to the current program.
Funds for the production of Pacific Time are provided by: the Freeman Foundation; Matthews International Capital Management, a San Francisco based advisor investing in the future of Asia since 1994; the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation; and the KQED Campaign for the Future Program Venture Fund.
About KQED Public Radio
KQED Public Radio (www.kqed.org/radio) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB). KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny, Pacific Time, and The California Report, is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service. Listen on 88.5 FM or Comcast channel 960 in San Francisco, KQEI 89.3 FM in Sacramento, 88.3 FM in Santa Rosa and 88.1 FM in Martinez. KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM and 89.3 FM also broadcast in analog and HD Radio technology. Stream programs live and download archives and audio podcasts at www.kqed.org, featuring unique content on one of the most-visited station sites in public broadcasting.
Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB) (www.ncpb.com) is the most-watched public television and most-listened-to public radio broadcaster in the country. NCPB owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco), KTEH 54 (San Jose), and KCAH 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); public radio stations KQED 88.5FM (San Francisco) and KQEI 89.3FM (Sacramento); KQED's Education Network (EdNet); and the Interactive platforms KQED.org and KTEH.org. Audiences and users can also access NCPB content through: digital television channels KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life, KQED Kids, and KQED PBS Kids Sprout; and stream or download available content on www.kqed.org.