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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker

Cyrus Musiker graduated from Hampshire College, then worked in the wine business in New York City and Napa Valley for almost a decade before he succumbed to his true calling as a radio news hound. Cyrus received a master's degree from the School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, then juggled stay-at-home Dad duties while working at a series of jobs: reporter and editor for KPFA in Berkeley and NPR's Crossroads. He was also a frequent contributor to NPR's Latin File, Living on Earth, Marketplace, and for "the smiling man," Charles Osgood.

Cy's work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism.

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Stories (263 archives)

The California Report | Oct 18, 2013 8:50 AM
BART Workers Strike; Commuters Scramble

About 200,000 people in the Bay Area must find another way to get to work or school. BART workers are on strike again for the second time in four months. Despite a reported deal on wages, pensions and benefits, the talks foundered over changes to work rules proposed by management. No new talks are scheduled and the lead federal mediator working with the two sides is heading back to Washington, D.C.

The California Report | Apr 26, 2013 4:30 PM
Two New Plays on the Undocumented Experience

The debate over immigration reform is building in Congress and it's being watched closely here in California, home to some three million undocumented immigrants. Two theatres in San Francisco are staging new plays telling the story of undocumented immigrants and the challenges they face living outside the law. We talked to the playwrights about their work, and their message to lawmakers.

The California Report | Mar 29, 2013 4:30 PM
Artist Hung Liu

Internationally-acclaimed Hung Liu's work incorporates both Chinese history and her own personal history in China. The first comprehensive survey of her art is on display at the Oakland Museum of California, the first stop on a national tour. KQED's Cy Musiker discusses the exhibition, "Summoning Ghosts."

The California Report | Feb 8, 2013 4:30 PM
MIDI's Creator Finally Steps Into the Spotlight

Now a very different kind of translation -- the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI for short. That's the software that lets computers and synthesizers talk to each other and it's used by tens of millions of devices around the world. Dave Smith invented it 30 years ago. And you'd think someone who invented a language so elegant and so powerful would be well known. But few have heard of him. As KQED's Cy Musiker reports, that could change when Smith gets a special Grammy Award for Technical Achievement this weekend in Los Angeles.

The California Report | Jan 23, 2013 8:50 AM
New San Francisco Center Hopes to Keep Jazz Alive

Jazz lovers lucky enough to get a ticket will be crowding into San Francisco's new SFJAZZ Center Wednesday to help christen the music hall. But the center is opening at a time when Bay Area jazz clubs are struggling -- and some are wondering if the audiences will be there to support this uniquely American art form.

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