Who makes decisions for KQED?Who makes decisions for KQED?

As a broadcaster, KQED is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. (See all our Inspection Files, which relate to our physical operation and service to the community.) We are part of the national NPR and PBS system, but we are a community-owned and independently operated station, governed by a board of directors.

KQED’s board of directors consists of volunteers who act as stewards of KQED’s mission. Their responsibility is to our audience, our members and to the Bay Area as a whole. The board does not weigh in on editorial decisions, but does play a significant role in governing the organization by establishing and maintaining the general policies that determine the operation of KQED, advising and supporting management in developing, refining and measuring progress against long-range strategic plans, and hiring and evaluating the performance of KQED’s president/chief executive officer (CEO). The board also serves as legal custodian and steward for all tangible assets and assumes responsibility for the financial viability of KQED.

The board has established a nominating committee that is in charge of developing and maintaining a pipeline of candidates for nomination to the KQED board, both for immediate consideration and for future board classes, by identifying, vetting and recruiting a wide range of qualified people. This includes identifying key characteristics needed to meet strategic organizational goals, while providing a diversity of skills, community representation, expertise and informed perspectives. The full board then votes to approve new board member nominees annually at its December board meeting.

KQED is led by its president and CEO, Michael Isip, as well as a senior leadership team, appointed by the president/CEO. The senior leadership team provides financial stewardship and is accountable for carrying out KQED’s mission by leading operational, programming and editorial teams to expand journalism, education and community engagement services across a very diverse community.

Table of Contents

An introduction to KQED’s standards and practicesWho is KQED, and what do we do?

Who makes decisions for KQED?

What are our editorial policies and practices?

What do we ask of you, our audience?

How does KQED stay connected to our audiences?

Who funds KQED?

How does KQED protect the information you share?

What are your thoughts? And additional resources.