KQED Arts and Culture StaffKQED Arts and Culture Staff

KQED Arts and Culture desk brings daily, in-depth cultural commentary and coverage of the Bay Area with a mission to enrich lives and inspire participation.

Adrienne Calo

KQED Contributor

Adrienne Calo has been a producer of PBS films, specials, and series for the last 12 years. In 2006, she joined the KQED arts series, "Spark" as Coordinating Producer, and became Series Producer in its 6th season. Segments she produced for the series earned her four Northern California Emmy nominations. Adrienne then went on to work with social justice media company The Working Group, serving as a producer on their national PBS film “Not In Our Town; Light In the Darkness”, a portrait of a Long Island community in the aftermath of a hate crime. Most recently, Adrienne was the Coordinating Producer of the national PBS series "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders", which uses music to tell stories about international culture and politics. In the course of her broadcasting career, Adrienne has also contributed to programming for ABC News/Nightline, This Week in Northern California, and Austin City Limits.

Ashleyanne Krigbaum

Producer, Rightnowish

Ashleyanne Krigbaum is the producer of Rightnowish She has also made podcasts for Noise Pop, Salon, and award-winning audio tours for SFMOMA, Smithsonian, and the de Young Museum. From 2015 to 2018, she was an announcer and local host of NPR's All Things Considered at KALW.  When she's not making podcasts, she's DJing vinyl at dance parties around the Bay Area.

Cecilia Phillips

Associate Broadcast and Digital Video Producer

Cecilia Phillips is a Broadcast Video Producer for Check, Please! Bay Area and works as a Digital Video Producer for KQED Food. She has been a part of the Bay Area food scene in many roles, including working under several celebrity chefs, and as a food tour guide for many years in San Francisco. She received her B.A. in Communications with concentrations in Broadcast and Video Journalism from Humboldt State University and loves learning about the newest and hottest restaurants in the Bay. Recommend your favorite spots to her on Instagram. 

Gabe Meline

Senior Editor

Gabe Meline is KQED Arts' Senior Editor. He entered journalism at age 15 making photocopied zines, and has since earned awards from the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Online Journalism Awards, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Prior to KQED, he was the editor of the North Bay Bohemian and a touring musician. He lives with his wife, his daughter, and a 1964 Volvo in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA.

Kelly Whalen

Senior Video Producer

Kelly Whalen is a multimedia producer for KQED Arts.

Lina Blanco

Digital Manager of Engagement

As the Engagement Producer for KQED Arts, Lina develops and implements strategies for audience growth and engagement across a variety of social media platforms. She brings with her six years of social marketing and digital storytelling experience within the Arts, and holds her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Mills College.

Lori Halloran

KQED Contributor

Lori Halloran is a Producer for Check, Please! Bay Area and Taste This. Her work in arts, entertainment, and current affairs programming for KQED has garnered five Emmys from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences and multiple honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the NorCal RTNDA, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, and the Los Angeles Press Club.


KQED Contributor

Maddy Clifford is a writer, musician (rapper) and educator born and raised in Seattle. Currently based in Oakland, she’s spent the past ten years teaching healing-centered and culturally responsive literary arts workshops to local youth. She’s taught on college campuses, within locked-down facilities and even as far away as Uganda. Part creative-connector, part solo powerhouse, Maddy has collaborated with the likes of Zion I, the GRAMMY-nominated group, Alphabet Rockers as well as Emmy-nominated director, Contessa Gayles. Maddy will serve as a Hip Hop Diplomat to Ukraine in 2021.

Masha Pershay

Associate Video Producer

Masha Pershay is an associate video producer for KQED Arts. Masha got her start in media production in 2009, when she joined college station KUSF as a radio host. She holds a B.A. in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and a certificate in sound recording from City College of San Francisco. In her spare time, she's an avid record collector and a DJ in San Francisco's Italo disco DJ collective Galaxy Radio.

Maya Wise

Associate Video & Engagement Producer

Maya is an associate video producer for KQED Food and leads digital engagement for Check, Please! Bay Area. She also produces Bay Area documentary films with a focus on human rights, identity and belonging. In her previous career as a health communications specialist, she led multimedia advocacy campaigns and developed strategies to help patients navigate the healthcare system.

Nastia Voynovskaya

Associate Editor

Nastia Voynovskaya is a Russian-born, Bay Area-raised journalist and the music editor at KQED Arts. Her work has been published in NPR Music, the San Francisco Chronicle, VICE, Paste Magazine, Bandcamp and SF MoMA Open Space. Previously, she served as music editor at East Bay Express and online editor at Hi-Fructose Magazine.

Pendarvis Harshaw

Columnist and Host, Rightnowish

Pendarvis Harshaw is the host of Rightnowish on KQED-FM, a columnist at KQED Arts, and the author of OG Told Me, a memoir about growing up in Oakland.

Rae Alexandra

Staff Writer

Rae Alexandra is Staff Writer for KQED Arts & Culture, and the creator/author of the Rebel Girls From Bay Area History and Lockdown Movie Musts series. Born and raised in Wales, she started her career as a music journalist, writing for Kerrang!, SF Weekly and the Village Voice, among many others.

Sarah Hotchkiss

Senior Associate Editor

Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco-based artist and arts writer. She co-runs the project space Premiere Jr., a 6-by-12-foot billboard in the Inner Sunset. In 2019, she received the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation grant for visual art journalism. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in a semi-regular publication called Sci-Fi Sundays.

Urmila Ramakrishnan

KQED Food Editor

Urmila Ramakrishnan is KQED Arts & Culture’s food editor and an award-winning food journalist based in the Bay Area. Her multi-platform work has been featured in The New York TimesEdibleThe San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She’s a kitchen gadget enthusiast who also loves food puns. Keep up with her cooking adventures on Instagram at @urmilamakes and join the food discussion @U_Ramakrishnan.