Michael IsipMichael Isip
President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael is KQED’s 10th President.
Michael has a quarter century of media experience and has played a critical role in KQED’s growth and transformation into a multimedia organization. Michael joined KQED in 2001 as a Television Executive Producer and has served in a number of senior-level roles, including Senior VP & Chief Content Officer and Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer.
Michael has led strategic initiatives enabling KQED to become one of the largest and most successful public media institutions. Michael shepherded the growth in multimedia production and distribution. Additionally, he has focused operations on engaging audiences across multiple platforms by reorganizing the content division away from distribution platforms to a structure of multimedia teams in news, arts, science and education. This restructure facilitated greater collaboration and increased digital content and services. This transformation also brought upgrades to the station’s technological infrastructure. KQED’s total audience and membership are at all-time highs.
Prior to KQED, Michael led production at KVIE Public Television, Sacramento. He started his career at WLS-TV, Chicago. Michael is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and serves on the boards of Public Radio Exchange, American Documentary Inc. (producer of the PBS documentary series POV), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Michael has a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from DePaul College of Law.