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|Bruce Koon joins KQED Public Radio 88.5FM
as News Director
San Francisco, June 7, 2007 -- San Francisco, CA -- Bruce Koon, veteran California journalist and pioneering online editor, has joined KQED Public Radio's staff as News Director. With over 780,000 weekly listeners in the San Francisco market and a total weekly audience of 840,000, inclusive of listeners in the Sacramento Valley, KQED Public Radio is the most listened-to public radio station in the country.
Reporting to Raul Ramirez, executive director of KQED Radio news and public affairs, Koon will guide the work of the award-winning KQED Radio News and The California Report. He will also be piloting new efforts to achieve closer editorial collaboration between KQED Public Radio and KQED.org, moving unique news content onto the online platform.
"Bruce brings unparalleled experience in traditional journalism and in the still-new landscape of online media," says Jo Anne Wallace, vice president and general manager of KQED Public Radio. "KQED is a recognized leader of high-quality news content, and we're confident that his expertise and leadership will make KQED even more valuable and relevant to our audiences."
Koon is a former reporter and editor for the National Observer, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner. In 1995, after 22 years in print newspapers, he moved to the San Jose Mercury News' Mercury Center and Knight Ridder's online division.
Executive news editor for Knight Ridder Digital from 2002 to 2006, Koon developed the company's shared content operation, which edited and published news, sports, entertainment and feature content for 26 newspaper websites. His online editing and production team contributed to the effort that earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Biloxi Sun Herald coverage of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He also created the technology blog, "Good Morning Silicon Valley," and the editorial plan for the technology site SiliconValley.com, both award-winning enterprises.
Koon's career also included turns as: Knight-Ridder.com regional vice president; managing editor of Mercury Center; associate editor, real estate editor and business editor for the San Francisco Examiner, business editor for the Oakland Tribune, and a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, the National Observer and the Examiner.
A founding board member of the Online News Association, Koon is an advisory board member of the Knight New Media Center, and an advisory board member of the New Voices program at the University of Maryland's J-Lab. Koon attended UCLA and UC Berkeley and resides in San Francisco.
KQED Radio News covers the latest in Northern California news and public affairs. Morning KQED Radio News reports air in segments during NPR's Morning Edition, with feature stories reported twice daily. The California Report, a statewide radio news program, provides daily coverage of issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population. The California Report is distributed by satellite and carried by more than 23 public radio stations from Arcata to San Diego. KQED Radio News recently won six awards from the Peninsula Press Club, and The California Report has been recognized by two John Swett awards from the California Teachers Association.
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.