KQED NEWSROOM is a news series featuring award-winning journalists Thuy Vu and Scott Shafer. The program features engaging roundtable discussions, in-depth reporting and analysis from all KQED News sources and interviews with newsmakers and Bay Area innovators. It premieres Fridays at 8pm on KQED Public Television 9, repeats over the weekend on several KQED TV channels, airs Sundays at 6pm on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, and online at kqed.org/newsroom.
KQED NEWSROOM Previous Broadcasts
California Health Exchange Director Maps Out Future Plans and Policing Caught on Camera (Episode #106H)
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 22, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
California Health Exchange Director Maps Out Future Plans
Scott Shafer hears from Covered California's Executive Director Peter Lee about how the state's health exchange is faring. On Thursday, its board voted not to extend canceled insurance policies that don't comply with the new federal law. Covered California also released some of the first numbers showing which people are signing up and from what regions in the state.
Further Reporting: Californians With Canceled Policies Cannot Renew, Says Covered California Board
Policing Caught on Camera
Recent violent clashes between police and suspects captured on camera by onlookers are raising questions about the role of video on policing. Some departments are outfitting police with their own cameras for documentation. An incident in San Francisco involving the arrest of a bicyclist on the sidewalk outside the Valencia Gardens Apartments sparked community outrage.
LaDoris Cordell, Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose
C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle columnist
Further Reporting: Policing in the Age of YouTube: S.F. Police to Join Ranks of Camera-Toting Cops
An organic farmer struggles to wring a harvest from the sullen earth and contemplates suicide when he fails. A young woman learns to bake coconut cake the way her grandmother did. What we eat, where it comes from, and what it says about us are themes that the Berkeley Repertory Theatre is tackling in an ambitious series of performances commissioned from writers around the country. This report takes us behind the scenes with San Francisco-based playwrights Octavio Solis and Lauren Gunderson as they research and write their short dramas. Watch the segment here (YouTube).
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
Napolitano Outlines Vision for UC and New Study Examines California's Criminal Justice Experiment (Episode #105H)
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
A Conversation With UC President Janet Napolitano
In her first address to the University of California Board of Regents this week, UC President Janet Napolitano proposed freezing tuition and other reforms. The former U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona sits down with Scott Shafer to discuss her vision for the 10-campus system and responds to criticism of her record on immigration.
Further Reporting: For Napolitano, UC Could Be a Stepping Stone to California Politics
Examining California's Criminal Justice Experiment
Two years into California's massive criminal justice experiment dubbed "realignment," a new Stanford University study examines how the reforms are playing out across the state's 58 counties, many with different resources and distinct approaches. Since realignment went into effect, more than 100,000 prisoners have been diverted from state prisons to county jails or probation. While some law enforcement agencies report rising crime rates and a decline in public safety, other agencies say they have renewed their emphasis on rehabilitation.
Additional Resources: Prison Break: California Rethinks Criminal Justice, a KQED-CIR co-production
Silicon Valley Space Ventures Blast Off
Silicon Valley is known for game-changing innovation. Now, some local startups are trying to change the game in the space industry, where the stakes — and rewards — are sky-high. This video segment examines a new wave of for-profit companies demonstrating that this final frontier is no longer the exclusive domain of the federal government.
Additional Resources: Silicon Valley Goes to Space
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 17, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 17, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 17, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 16, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 16, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 16, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 16, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
Sunnyvale Adopts New Gun Law and Tech Companies Reshape San Francisco (Episode #104H)
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri on New Gun Law
The small South Bay city of Sunnyvale drew national attention this week when voters approved Measure C. The new law, which goes into effect on January 1, requires gun owners to report missing firearms within 48 hours and to keep guns locked up when not in use. It also prohibits ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The National Rifle Association has threatened to sue. Scott Shafer sat down with Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri to find out what inspired him to push for the law and how the city is responding to the NRA.
Tech Companies Reshaping San Francisco
Twitter's IPO may have Wall Street a-twitter, but the San Francisco-based tech company's foray into public trading also drew protesters concerned about gentrification in the city. With Yelp breaking ground on new headquarters downtown and Google building a barge on the San Francisco Bay, is the tech industry's success reshaping the Bay Area?
Further Reporting: Twitter Debuts on NYSE, Then Goes Nuts
Lake Tahoe Development Battle
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have filed arguments in a lawsuit against a controversial new plan that governs development around Lake Tahoe. The lake's iconic blue waters have lost 20 feet of clarity since 1968 due to uncontrolled urbanization in the '50s and '60s. Strict regulations and a $1.6 billion investment in the lake have helped make some gains in clarity, but environmentalists fear that the new rules could reverse the trend.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
Voters to Decide on SF Waterfront Fight and Marc Benioff Weighs in on Corporate Responsibility (Episode #103H)
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
San Francisco Waterfront Fight
On Tuesday, San Francisco voters will decide the fate of a controversial waterfront development near the city's ferry building. If Propositions B and C are approved, 134 units of luxury condos will be built along the waterfront — with space for small businesses, a public park and other amenities. But opponents say it's the wrong kind of housing in the wrong location.
Further Reporting: San Francisco Props B and C Reignite Past Waterfront Battles
Priced Out: Bay Area Affordability Crisis
Housing prices are soaring again and rents are rising higher than ever in the Bay Area, particularly in San Francisco, with some of the highest housing costs in the country. Many are being priced out of the market. A new tech boom is helping to fuel the demand while federal and state funding is being cut, leaving limited resources for affordable and low-income housing. What planning and policy solutions are being considered to help?
Further Reporting: KQED Launches 'Priced Out: The Bay Area's High Cost of Living'
Marc Benioff on Corporate Responsibility
As a driving force behind salesforce.com, Marc Benioff, the co-founder and CEO, has made giving back some of his San Francisco-based company's fortune a part of the business plan. His recent donation of $2.7 million to San Francisco middle schools is putting iPads into the hands of kids along with teacher training and wireless access. A $100 million gift to UC San Francisco in 2010 to build a children's hospital was one of the largest philanthropic gifts in the university's history.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 3, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 3, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 3, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 12:30 AM