KQED Radio Staff
Executive Director, News and Public Affairs
Raul Ramirez led KQED Public Radio's news and public affairs work for 22 years starting in 1991, when he became the station's News Director. He worked as reporter for The Miami Herald and The Washington Post, and as a reporter and editor for the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner, where he was editor of the paper's Investigative Team. He served as president of the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting and won numerous awards for local, national and international reporting, including a Thomas Storke award from the World Affairs Council of Northern California for his reporting on a family's journey from rural Guandong Province in China to the San Francisco area, and a 1989 Penney-Missouri award as a co-editor of the San Francisco Examiner's unique series on "Gay in America."
He received a career achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California for his print and broadcast work. He was a fellow in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii's Center for Pacific and Asian Studies and at Harvard University's Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He taught journalism courses at San Francisco State University for 30 years, starting in 1983. He also taught at the University of California at Berkeley and was a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute in Media Studies, where he was an ethics fellow. He served on on-site visiting evaluation teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications at universities in Kentucky, Ohio, California, New Mexico, Georgia, Utah and Washington, D.C.
Raul Ramirez was a principal writer for the seminal UNITY national conference analysis of U.S. media coverage of ethnic and racial minorities, and frequently lectured on topics related to diversity and news media. He led investigative reporting and civic journalism training workshops at the European Journalism Center in the Netherlands and training workshops in several Ukrainian locations in collaboration with the Journalists' Initiative Association of Kharkiv, Ukraine. He was a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Regional Media and Information, a non-profit organization created by Ukrainian and Western European journalists to aid and promote the development of independent media in Ukraine. He was founding director of the Latino Public Radio Consortium.
Raul Ramirez died on November 15, 2013 at the age of 67.