Building the Future
KQED is boldly expanding our services to you. We are renovating our San Francisco headquarters to better meet the changing needs of our Bay Area community.
Designed by the award-winning architecture firm EHDD, our new home is part of our ambitious vision to remain a media leader now, and in the future.
In this era of “fake news” and divisive rhetoric, KQED provides trusted, fact-based and independent reporting. We deliver regional, national and international coverage of issues that matter to our community.
Since 2016, KQED consistently ranks as the No. 1 radio station in the Bay Area. Since 2010, we have significantly grown our investment in our newsroom, increasing editorial staff from 45 to 91.
Now, we must create a modern newsroom to house our expanded team.
We spark fresh insights and empathy through innovative, original storytelling on radio, television and digital. We are NPR and PBS for the Bay Area.
With national award-winning dramas, documentaries and kids programming—and with KQED original podcasts, digital video and groundbreaking educational initiatives—we are the destination for all generations.
Each week, 2.6 million people use a KQED service. That is almost half of all Bay Area adults.
KQED brings people together with trusted journalists, leading artists, thought leaders and, most importantly, each other.
We are active in the community at more than 70 events a year. We facilitate spirited debate, encourage collaborative thinking, and help bridge divides, especially during election cycles. At this time of deep polarization, we must do more. We will expand our public programming, build new community spaces and become an essential civic and cultural hub for the Bay Area.
KQED launched Campaign 21 in 2013 to fund innovation and expand services. We have secured more than two thirds of our ambitious goal of $135 million.
The Board of Directors decided to renovate the current headquarters, which KQED owns, after they explored more than 40 purchase or lease options. After a thorough year-long process, it was decided that renovation was the best and most cost-effective option.
The renovation begins in July 2019, and we expect to open our new headquarters in early 2021.
KQED is at a moment of unprecedented success with a rapidly growing staff, record-breaking membership support and an expanding audience on broadcast and digital. Campaign 21—launched in 2013 to fund innovation and expand services—has significantly accelerated this meteoric growth. This ambitious campaign represents the largest investment in KQED’s future at an important juncture in the organization’s history. The secured funds have already made possible:
- An expanded, content rich online presence—from the web to YouTube—resulting in 800% growth of our digital audience.
- Unparalleled 56% growth in our newsroom when commercial outlets are making significant cuts.
- The creation of the largest team of science journalists in the West.
- A new arts service that uses radio, television and digital to celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area’s arts and culture sector.
- Nationally recognized digital education platforms, KQED Learn and KQED Teach, which use our unique resources to empower students and educators to be media literate.
- KQED Lab—an incubator for innovative new services in content, membership and fundraising—and in-house audience intelligence and development teams that support data-driven decision making.