Thuy Vu, Host
Thuy is a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor and program host who's covered everything from presidential debates to culinary creations.
She has long been a familiar face and voice to Bay Area residents. Thuy was a news anchor and reporter for various Bay Area stations, including ABC7, CBS5, KTVU2, KQED-FM and National Public Radio. She also hosts LinkAsia, a program which weaves news from Asia's top television networks and conversations on Asia's social media into a unique look at one of the most fast-paced regions of the globe.
In 2011, Thuy's special series on the devastating legacy of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War won nine regional and national awards, including a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.
In 2010, she was named Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent by the National Alliance for Women in Media.
Thuy's passion for journalism has taken her to many places. In Mexico, she covered the kidnappings of American tourists and the serial killings of young women working for American factories near the border. In 2000, she traveled to Washington, D.C. to cover the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the contested Florida vote in the presidential election.
Thuy has returned several times to her homeland of Vietnam for special reports on the country's political and economic changes since the Vietnam War. She won Emmy and Associated Press awards for a report on the 30th anniversary of the first Operation Babylift flight rescuing orphans right before Saigon fell to the communists.
Thuy emigrated from Vietnam in 1975, fleeing the country with her family as Saigon fell. She lived in two refugee camps before resettling with her family in Duluth, Minnesota. She currently lives in Silicon Valley.
Thuy holds a bachelor's degree with honors in rhetoric from UC Berkeley.
Scott Shafer, Senior Correspondent
Scott's career didn't travel a straight line to KQED. He started his radio news career at KPFA in Berkeley and KFBK in Sacramento.
He left radio for a few years and plunged into the world of politics, aka "the dark side." From 1988 to 1992 Scott served former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos as press secretary, and later worked for then-State Controller Gray Davis as chief of staff.
After a stint as a political consultant, he returned to journalism at KQED in 1998. As senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM and host of The California Report, Scott reports on a wide range of topics, from military and veterans' issues to health care and the judiciary.
Scott's comprehensive coverage of California's same-sex marriage debate earned him numerous awards. His reporting began in 2008 with the State Supreme Court's decision briefly legalizing gay marriage, through the successful Prop. 8 campaign to ban it. Scott provided ongoing coverage of the federal lawsuit against Prop. 8 and attended the historic oral arguments that culminated with the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Scott has also covered a wide range of criminal justice issues — from efforts to reform California's "three strikes" law to implementation of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison "realignment" program.
His work for state and local elected officials also brings insight to his coverage of politics and policy, earning him numerous journalism awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio and Television News Directors Association.
When he's not at work, Scott stays active swimming, playing water polo and biking. He also loves to travel. Of the many places he has visited his favorite destinations include France, Brazil, Italy and Mexico.
Joanne Elgart Jennings, Executive Producer
Joanne manages news and current affairs video production for KQED. Prior to launching KQED NEWSROOM, she oversaw the last two seasons of This Week in Northern California and several collaborations with the Center for Investigative Reporting, including "Heat and Harvest" and "Hunger in the Valley of Plenty."
Much of Joanne's career in public broadcasting was spent at the PBS NewsHour where she produced hundreds of documentary-style news features in California and throughout the world. She also covered breaking news, including Hurricane Katrina, the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, the Kosovo War and Haiti's devastating earthquake, among other stories. She has worked extensively in the Middle East, producing stories in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Bahrain and Turkey. In 2001, Joanne was nominated for a national Emmy for her series co-produced with Elizabeth Farnsworth on AIDS in Africa.
As a producer and reporter for the CBC, Joanne covered elections in Haiti and Puerto Rico, the Oklahoma City Bombing and the 1996 Summer Olympics. She covered the 1992 presidential election for the BBC.
She also worked on two documentary films, "Have You Heard From Johannesburg?" and "The Hermitage: A Russian Odyssey."
Her work has been honored by numerous journalistic organizations including the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Society of Professional Journalists, CINE and New York Festivals.
Joanne lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
Monica Lam, Producer
Monica is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who has traveled to five continents producing, reporting and shooting stories for PBS NewsHour, Frontline and Independent Lens, as well as HBO, Swiss National TV and MSNBC.
Before joining KQED, she worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she examined the impact of California's "three strikes" law and conditions inside supermax prisons in an Al Jazeera English documentary, "America's Prison Problem."
She also recently completed the documentary "Journey of the Bonesetter's Daughter," a cinema verite film about Amy Tan and the making of an opera based on Tan's family history.
Monica has also followed the stories of sweatshop workers in China, mercury poisoning in the North Atlantic, social entrepreneurship in Paraguay, baseball in Cuba, Yanomami Indians in the Amazon rainforest and crime prevention programs in Richmond, California.
Her work has been awarded a regional Emmy, an Edward R. Murrow Award, George Polk Awards and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards as well as being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and an Oscar.
Monica studied urban studies at Stanford and earned a master's degree in journalism at UC Berkeley. She's also the mother of three and an enthusiastic swimmer and hiker.
Robin Epstein, Producer
Robin was associate producer and co-producer of This Week in Northern California starting in 2007. Beginning in 1991, Robin worked on a wide range of productions at KQED, including the popular restaurant review show Check, Please! Bay Area, the Bay Window series, three seasons of the environmental series Green Means for PBS and a documentary on the work of Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich.
Before joining KQED, Robin worked at PM Magazine and at KRON-TV. She also worked at ZDTV on 21st Century Home for the Home and Garden Channel, and on The Next Twenty Years, a national showcase and lecture series on the future of technology, featuring a panel of speakers and corporate sponsors in seven U.S. cities.
Robin is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in broadcast communications arts and a minor in sociology. She is a Bay Area native and a San Francisco resident. Outside of work she enjoys outdoor activities, the arts and travel.