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KQED Silicon Valley Reporter
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports for KQED's Silicon Valley desk. She focuses on tech coverage in the South Bay and occasionally gets to report on video games, housing and local politics. Before joining KQED in 2020, she reported for WUNC in Durham, North Carolina, WABE in Atlanta, Georgia and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. In 2017, she was awarded a Kroc Fellowship at NPR where she reported on everything from sprinkles to the Golden State Killer's arrest. When she's not reporting, she's baking new recipes in her kitchen or watching movies with friends and family. She's originally from Georgia and has strong opinions about Great British Bake Off.
Alan Montecillo is editor of The Bay, a local news and storytelling podcast from KQED. He's worked as a senior talk show producer for WILL in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and was the founding producer and editor of Racist Sandwich, a podcast about food, race, class, and gender. He is a Filipino-American from Hong Kong and a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Alex Emslie is a criminal justice reporter at KQED. He covers policing policy, crime and the courts. He left Colorado and a career as a carpenter to study journalism at City College of San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University's journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. He joined KQED in 2013. Alex is proud of his work at KQED uncovering that a single Vallejo police officer shot and killed three suspects over the course of five months. He received the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Best Scoop award in 2015 for exposing a series of bigoted text messages swapped by San Francisco police officers. He co-produced a Northern California Emmy award-winning documentary film and podcast on the state prison system and a 40-year-old murder case. Alex's reporting on the San Francisco police shooting of Mario Woods won a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2018, and his reporting on police killings of people with mental illness was cited in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.
KQED Central Valley Reporter
Alex Hall is KQED's Central Valley Reporter based in Fresno. Her reporting airs statewide on The California Report. Before joining KQED, Alex was an investigative reporting fellow at Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She has also worked as a bilingual producer for NPR's investigative unit and freelance video producer for Reuters TV on the Latin America desk. She got her start in journalism in South America, where she worked as a radio producer and Spanish-English translator for CNN Chile. Her documentary and investigation into the series of deadly COVID-19 outbreaks at Foster Farms won a regional Edward R. Murrow award and was named an Investigative Reporters & Editors award finalist. Alex's reporting for Reveal on the Wisconsin dairy industry's reliance on undocumented immigrant labor was made into a film, Los Lecheros, which also won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news documentary.
Amanda Font is a Producer at KQED. She previously worked as Director of The California Report Magazine, and sometimes reports for the Bay Curious podcast. She grew up in the deserts of Southern California and moved north for the trees. Amanda received a B.A. in Broadcasting with emphasis in audio production from San Francisco State, where she worked in the university's radio station and hosted a sound art show. She believes the difference between sound and noise is desire.
Angela Corral is the senior editor of The California Report. Born and raised in the East Bay, she has worked in radio since 1998. She worked at KCBS for nearly 15 years and then served a short stint as news director at KGO. Angela has done just about every job in the newsroom and loves the collaborative environment and the excitement of it all. She's never met an animal story she doesn't like. When she's not at work, Angela is probably watching baseball or taking pictures of her dog.
Annelise reports on reparations and daily news for the weekend desk. She joined KQED in 2021 as a general assignment reporter, and is an alumna of KALW's Audio Academy radio journalism training program. She was born and raised in the East Bay and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College.
KQED Health Correspondent
April Dembosky is the health correspondent for KQED News and a regular contributor to NPR. She specializes in covering altered states of mind, from postpartum depression to methamphetamine-induced psychosis to the insanity defense. Her investigative series on insurance companies sidestepping mental health laws won multiple awards, including first place in beat reporting from the national Association of Health Care Journalists. She is the recipient of numerous other prizes and fellowships, including a national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting, a Society of Professional Journalists award for long-form storytelling, and a Carter Center Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Dembosky reported and produced Soundtrack of Silence, an audio documentary about music and memory that is currently being made into a feature film by Paramount Pictures. Before joining KQED in 2013, Dembosky covered technology and Silicon Valley for The Financial Times of London, and contributed business and arts stories to Marketplace and The New York Times. She got her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Smith College and her master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a classically trained violinist and proud alum of the first symphony orchestra at Burning Man.
Culture Reporter, KQED
Ariana Proehl is a Culture Reporter and Host. She believes in big ideas, mentoring, globetrotting and Prince.
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.
Audrey is a former digital producer at KQED News. Previously, she was a KQED Raul Ramirez Diversity Fund intern where she developed stories that focused on highlighting diverse voices in journalism. Prior to her work at KQED, she worked as a news intern at the San Francisco Examiner. Audrey graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in political science.
Host and Producer
Bianca Taylor is KQED's local Host of Consider This and Producer of Segmented Audio and Podcasts. She won a 2020 Webby for Best Writing (Apps, Mobile, and Voice) and was a finalist for the Online Journalism Association's Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling (Limited Series). Her reporting and production has been featured by NPR, the BBC World Service, and Audible.
Blanca Torres brings sharp news judgement and keen sense of lively conversation to her work as producer for Forum. She loves producing shows that leave listeners feeling like they heard distinctive voices, learned something new and gained a fresh perspective. She joined KQED in January of 2020 after 16 years of working as a newspaper reporter most recently at the San Francisco Business Times, where she wrote about real estate and economic development. Before that, she covered a variety of beats including crime, education, retail, workplace, the economy, consumer issues, and small business for the Contra Costa Times, Baltimore Sun and The Seattle Times. In addition to reporting, she worked as an editorial writer and columnist for the Seattle Times. From 2017 to 2020, Blanca won a total of ten awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and won first place for land use reporting from the California News Publishers Association two years in a row. She is also a member and former board member for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Blanca earned her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a master's in fine arts in creative writing at Mills College. She lives in the East Bay with her family.
Morning News Anchor
Brian Watt is KQED's morning radio news anchor. He joined the KQED News team in April of 2016. Prior to that, he worked as a Reporter for KPCC in Los Angeles and a producer at Marketplace. During eight years at KPCC, Brian covered business and economics, and his work won several awards. In 2008, he won the Los Angeles Press Club’s first-place award for Business and Financial Reporting, Broadcast. He’s also received honorable mention and been first runner up for the Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year. He won two Golden Mike awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California. Brian holds degrees in theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and . . . Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including The West Wing, Judging Amy and The District. Email: bwatt@KQED.org Twitter: @RadioBWatt
Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí is a community reporter with KQED's digital engagement team. He also reports and co-produces for KQED's bilingual news hub KQED en Español. He grew up in San Francisco's Mission District and has previously worked with Univision, 48 Hills and REFORMA in Mexico City.
Arts and Culture Reporter
Chloe Veltman is a former arts and culture reporter for KQED. Prior to joining the organization, she launched and led the arts bureau at Colorado Public Radio, served as the Bay Area's culture columnist for the New York Times, and was the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a national award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice. Chloe is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants and fellowships including a Webby Award for her work on interactive storytelling, both the John S Knight Journalism Fellowship and Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University, the Sundance Arts Writing Fellowship and a Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She is the author of the book "On Acting" and has appeared as a guest lecturer at Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music among other institutions. She holds a BA in english literature from King's College, Cambridge, and a Masters in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama/Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training. www.chloeveltman.com
Christopher J. Beale is an independent radio host, audio producer, and journalist living in San Francisco. After 20 years in commercial radio he fell in love with radio stories and podcasting. In 2019 he "retired" and moved to the Bay Area to pursue a new path. Christopher contributes work to Bay Curious and The Bay, he is also the host and producer of the LGBTQIA story podcast Stereotypes.
KQED Editor and Reporter
Dan Brekke is a reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked for The San Francisco Examiner, Wired and TechTV and has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Business 2.0, Salon and elsewhere. Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared as both editor and reporter in four Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards and one Edward R. Murrow regional award. He was chosen for a sprimng 2017 residency at the Mesa Refuge to advance his research on California salmon. Email Dan at: email@example.com Twitter: twitter.com/danbrekke Facebook: www.facebook.com/danbrekke LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danbrekke
Editor of Talent and Development
Devin Katayama is former Editor of Talent and Development for KQED. He supported our internship program and on-call staff by looking for equitable opportunities to improve the newsroom. He previously hosted The Bay and American Suburb podcasts from KQED News. Prior to returning to the Bay Area in 2015, Devin was the education reporter for WFPL in Louisville and worked as a producer with radio stations in Chicago and Portland, OR. His work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Takeaway and Here and Now. Devin earned his MA in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, where he was a Follett Fellow and the recipient of the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship for his story on Chicago's homeless youth. He won WBUR's 2014 Daniel Schorr award and a regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary "At Risk" that looked at issues facing some of Louisville's students. Devin has also received numerous local awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Producer, The Bay Podcast
Ericka Cruz Guevarra is host of The Bay podcast at KQED. Before host, she was the show’s producer. Her work in that capacity includes a three-part reported series on policing in Vallejo, which won a 2020 excellence in journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Ericka has worked as a breaking news reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting, helped produce the Code Switch podcast, and was KQED’s inaugural Raul Ramirez Diversity Fund intern. She’s also an alumna of NPR’s Next Generation Radio program. Send her an email if you have strong feelings about whether Fairfield and Suisun City are the Bay.
Senior Editor, Housing
Erika Kelly is the senior editor of KQED’s housing affordability desk, leading a team to produce compelling and wide-ranging reporting on the Bay Area housing crisis. Erika has been responsible for editing and leading KQED’s coverage on some of the Bay Area’s most defining stories and issues. She has been at the center of the newsroom’s coverage of the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California, including the 2017 North Bay fires, the 2018 Camp Fire, and the 2019 Kincaid Fire. She also led KQED’s participation in the 2016 San Francisco Homeless Project, a groundbreaking media collaboration between KQED, The San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of Bay Area media organizations. As KQED’s health editor, she has worked with reporters on stories focusing on maternal mental health, the resurgence of meth in California, the rise and risks of e-cigarette use, and the mental health impacts of climate change. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of the Greater Chicagoland Area.
Erin Baldassari covers housing for KQED. She's a former print journalist and most recently worked as the transportation reporter for the Mercury News and East Bay Times. There, she focused on how the Bay Area’s housing shortage has changed the way people move around the region. She also served on the East Bay Times’ 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for coverage of the Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland. Prior to that, Erin worked as a breaking news and general assignment reporter for a variety of outlets in the Bay Area and the greater Boston area. A Tufts University alumna, Erin grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and in Sonoma County. She is a life-long KQED listener.
Director of Radio Programming
Born in East Houston, Ernesto Aguilar’s life was transformed by public media. His career has traversed daily newspapers and alternative weeklies to public radio news and program director roles. He joins KQED after serving as Executive Director of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, where he served stations nationwide for five years. A Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Fellow (Advanced Leadership) and Sulzberger Executive Leadership Fellow, Aguilar has a B.A. in journalism, with minors in sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Houston.
Executive Editor, News
Ethan Toven-Lindsey is the executive editor of news for KQED. Before he came to KQED, he worked at WBUR and NPR on the midday newsmagazine Here & Now, in Boston, where he was the show’s senior managing editor. In 2009, Ethan won a Peabody Award for his work as a correspondent for Oregon Public Broadcasting, on a year-long project called Hard Times, documenting how people were responding to the financial crisis. Ethan received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 2000, with a major in English literature.
Ezra David Romero is a climate reporter for KQED News. He covers the absence and excess of water in the Bay Area — think sea level rise, flooding and drought. For nearly a decade he’s covered how warming temperatures are altering the lives of Californians. He’s reported on farmers worried their pistachio trees aren’t getting enough sleep, families desperate for water, scientists studying dying giant sequoias, and alongside firefighters containing wildfires. His work has appeared on local stations across California and nationally on public radio shows like Morning Edition, Here and Now, All Things Considered and Science Friday.
Farida Jhabvala Romero is a reporter for KQED and NPR's California Newsroom. She has reported extensively on immigration, and most recently, on wildfire smoke and its impact on communities. She was part of a team of journalists who won a national Edward M. Murrow award in 2020 for their work on “Graying California,” about seniors as the fastest growing age group in California. Farida also won a 2018 Outstanding Emerging Journalist award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California. Before joining KQED, Farida worked as a producer and reporter at Radio Bilingüe, a national public radio network. Farida earned her master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University.
On-call Producer, Forum
Grace Won has been an on-call producer on Forum since 2019. Prior to joining KQED, Grace was a litigator, and worked on a variety of pro bono prisoner cases, including one that resulted in overturning a client's death penalty sentence on constitutional grounds. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in English from University College London and a B.A. in American history and East Asian studies from Harvard University.
Guy Marzorati is a reporter and producer for KQED's California Politics and Government Desk, based in San Jose. Guy joined KQED in 2013, and reports on state and local politics. He produces KQED's weekly radio show and podcast Political Breakdown and KQED's digital voter guide. Guy is a graduate of Santa Clara University.
Chief Content Officer
Holly Kernan is KQED's Chief Content Officer. Kernan's multimedia and multi-platform content portfolio include news, arts, science, television and radio programming, and education. At the heart of Kernan's role is ensuring that KQED provides the highest quality and most trusted original production, programming and coverage to audiences on radio, television, online, and mobile and social platforms. Holly returned to KQED as Executive Editor, News in 2014 after more than a decade as KALW's news and public affairs director. During that time she was the architect of the award-winning Public Interest Reporting Project. She built the KALW newsroom from scratch, including a community training program. Holly has had a long career as an award-winning journalist, television and radio host, an executive producer and an editor. Kernan also launched a journalism-training program at Mills College, where she taught public interest reporting classes. Additionally, she taught advanced watchdog and documentary reporting at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Isabeth "Isa" Mendoza is a former Engagement Producer for KQED's slate of podcasts. Isabeth is a bilingual audio journalist from Southeast Los Angeles and her interests are in wellness, social justice, lifestyle, arts and culture. Previously, she worked on Truth Be Told and as a freelancer for NPR’s Weekend Edition, Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom’s Hear to Slay, KCRW's Bodies, and Feeling My Flo podcast. Isabeth is an NPR Next Generation Radio alum, an IWMF Gwen Ifill Fellow, and a previous NPR National Desk intern. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley.
Jenny Pritchett is the copy editor for KQED News. Before coming to KQED, she was senior copy editor for Common Sense Media. She has written, edited and taught in the Bay Area since 1998. Jenny is passionate about inclusive language and how language intersects with culture. She is the author of "You Look Tired: An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood" (Running Hills Press, 2021) and "At or Near the Surface" (Fourteen Hills Press, 2008). Help her correct typos, and share thoughts on inclusive language, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Placzek is a former senior editor of podcasts at KQED where she served as the editorial lead of the podcast department. She worked with shows like MindShift, Rightnowish, Consider This, SOLD OUT, Bay Curious and The Bay. She’s also been a reporter and audio producer at KQED, KPFA, and KALW. She taught audio production to men incarcerated at California State Prison Solano and edited pieces they produced for the Uncuffed podcast through KALW. In 2018 she co-hosted and produced the third season of Raw Material for SFMOMA. In New Orleans she wrote for the Nola Defender. Her work has also appeared on Marketplace, All Things Considered, The California Report, and Vice. You can find more at jessicaplaczek.com
Reporter and Producer
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez is a reporter and digital producer for KQED covering politics. Joe most recently wrote for the San Francisco Examiner as a political columnist covering The City. He was raised in San Francisco and has spent his reporting career in his beloved, foggy, city by the bay. Joe was 12-years-old when he conducted his first interview in journalism, grilling former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for the Marina Middle School newspaper, The Penguin Press, and he continues to report on the San Francisco Bay Area to this day.
KQED Senior Editor
Julia McEvoy is KQED's Senior Editor, Education Equity. Julia heads KQED’s education coverage examining inequities students face in Bay Area and California schools, and reports on what it will take to educate the next generation. Julia's editorial work has received a Peabody Award, a Casey Medal for Coverage of Children and Families, several Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the Society for Professional Journalists.
Julie Chang is a reporter and producer (and occasional anchor) with the radio and digital teams at KQED. Before KQED, she worked at WAMU 88.5 in Washington D.C. and 89.3 KPCC in Los Angeles County. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Here & Now, the New York Times, and more. Julie graduated from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She previously taught English at Pasadena City College, Fullerton College and Cal Poly Pomona. Julie earned her M.A. in English from Cal Poly Pomona and her B.A. in English from UCI with a minor in criminology.
Julie Small reports on criminal justice and immigration. She was part of a team at KQED awarded a regional 2019 Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage of the Trump Administration's family separation policy. The Society for Professional Journalists recognized Julie's 2018 reporting on the San Joaquin County Sheriff's interference in death investigations with an Excellence in Journalism Award for Ongoing Coverage. Julie's reporting with Lisa Pickoff-White on the treatment of mentally ill offenders in California jails earned a 2017 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for news reporting and an investigative reporting award from the SPJ of Northern California. Before joining KQED, Julie covered government and politics in Sacramento for Southern California Public Radio (SCPR). Her 2010 series on lapses in California’s prison medical care also won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and a Golden Mic Award from the RTNDA of Southern California. Julie began her career in journalism in 2000 as the deputy foreign editor for public radio's Marketplace, while earning her master's degree in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication.
KQED Reporter + Weekend Host
Kate Wolffe reports on local Bay Area happenings for KQED, and hosts the news on weekend afternoons. She joined KQED in 2018 as an intern on the Forum team, before moving to cover topics ranging from politics to criminal justice to homelessness. A Bay Area native and UC Berkeley graduate, Kate loves to discover new corners of the region.
Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She covered how teaching and learning is changing for MindShift between 2012 and 2020. She is the co-host of the MindShift podcast and now produces KQED's Bay Curious podcast.
Ki Sung is the senior editor of MindShift. Prior to joining MindShift in 2014, she was a digital news trainer at NPR.
Kyana Moghadam is a senior producer at KQED. Prior to joining KQED, she was an audio producer and editor with Al Jazeera, Jetty Studios, VOX Media, Democracy Now!, and Global Press.
Lakshmi Sarah is an educator, author and journalist with a focus on innovative storytelling. She has worked with newspapers, radio and magazines from Ahmedabad, India to Los Angeles, California. She has written and produced for Die Zeit, Global Voices, AJ+, KQED, Fusion Media Group and the New York Times.
Reporter and Host
Laura Klivans is a science reporter and the host of KQED's Deep Look. Her work can also be heard on NPR, Here & Now, and PRI. She teaches at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Before getting hooked on all things audio, she worked in education, leading groups of students abroad. One of her favorite jobs was teaching on the Thai-Burmese border, working with immigrants and refugees. Laura won the 2016 North Gate Award for Excellence in Audio Reporting and Production and the Gobind Behari Lal Award for Excellence in Reporting on a Science or Health Story for a radio documentary about adults with imaginary friends. She's done several fellowships, including the USC Center for Health Journalism's California Fellowship, UC Berkeley's Human Rights Fellowship and the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Laura has a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley and a master’s in education from Harvard. She likes to eat chocolate. For breakfast.
KQED Health Correspondent
Lesley McClurg is a health correspondent and fill-in host. Her work is regularly rebroadcast on numerous NPR and PBS shows. She has won several regional Emmy awards, a regional and a national Edward R. Murrow award. The Association for Health Journalists awarded Lesley best beat coverage. The Society of Professional Journalists has recognized her reporting several times. The Society of Environmental Journalists spotlighted her ongoing coverage of California's historic drought. Before joining KQED in 2016, she covered food and sustainability for Capital Public Radio, the environment for Colorado Public Radio, and reported for both KUOW and KCTS9 in Seattle. When not hunched over her laptop Lesley enjoys skiing with her toddler, surfing with her husband or scheming their next globetrotting adventure. Before motherhood she relished dancing tango till sunrise. When on deadline she fuels herself almost exclusively on chocolate chips.
Data Journalist, Senior Producer
Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED's data reporter. Lisa specializes in simplifying complex topics and bringing them to life through compelling visuals, including photography and data visualizations. She previously has worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting and other national outlets. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive.
Marisa Lagos is a correspondent for KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk and co-hosts a weekly show and podcast, Political Breakdown. At KQED, Lagos conducts reporting, analysis and investigations into state, local and national politics for radio, TV and online. Every week, she and cohost Scott Shafer sit down with political insiders on Political Breakdown, where they offer a peek into lives and personalities of those driving politics in California and beyond. Previously, she worked for nine years at the San Francisco Chronicle covering San Francisco City Hall and state politics; and at the San Francisco Examiner and Los Angeles Time,. She has won awards for her work investigating the 2017 wildfires and her ongoing coverage of criminal justice issues in California. She lives in San Francisco with her two sons and husband.
Producer, Rightnowish Podcast
Marisol Medina-Cadena is a radio reporter and podcast producer. Before working at KQED, she produced for PBS member station, KCET, in Los Angeles. In 2017, Marisol won an Emmy Award for her work on the televised documentary, City Rising, examining California's affordable housing crisis and the historical roots of gentrification.
KQED News Cartoonist
MarkFiore.com | Follow on Twitter | Facebook | email Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured regularly on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site, SFGate.com. His work has appeared on Newsweek.com, Slate.com, CBSNews.com, MotherJones.com, DailyKos.com and NPR’s web site. Fiore’s political animation has appeared on CNN, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, Salon.com and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe. Beginning his professional life by drawing traditional political cartoons for newspapers, Fiore’s work appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times. In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with animating political cartoons and, after a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist, Fiore devoted all his energies to animation. Growing up in California, Fiore also spent a good portion of his life in the backwoods of Idaho. It was this combination that shaped him politically. Mark majored in political science at Colorado College, where, in a perfect send-off for a cartoonist, he received his diploma in 1991 as commencement speaker Dick Cheney smiled approvingly. Mark Fiore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 2010, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and has twice received an Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002, 2008). Fiore has received two awards for his work in new media from the National Cartoonists Society (2001, 2002), and in 2006 received The James Madison Freedom of Information Award from The Society of Professional Journalists.
Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland. Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @MGreenKQED
Mina Kim is host of the 10 a.m. statewide hour of Forum; a live daily talk show for curious Californians on issues that matter to the state and nation, with a particular emphasis on race and equity. Before joining the Forum team, Mina was KQED’s evening news anchor, and health reporter for The California Report. Her award-winning work has included natural disasters in Napa and gun violence in Oakland. Mina grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Miranda Leitsinger has worked in journalism as a reporter and editor since 2000, including seven years at The Associated Press in locales such as Cambodia and Puerto Rico, four years at NBC News Digital in New York and 2.5 years at CNN.com International in Hong Kong. Major stories she has covered included sexual abuse in the yoga community, the rise of women in local politics post-2016 election, the struggle over LGBTQ inclusion in the Boy Scouts, aftermath of the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the Aurora movie theater attack, the Newtown school shooting, Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing.
KQED Housing Reporter
Molly Solomon reports on housing at KQED. She focuses on homelessness, evictions and the affordability crisis. Before that, she was the Southwest Washington Bureau Chief for Oregon Public Broadcasting and a general assignment reporter at Hawaii Public Radio. Her stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, Science Friday and Marketplace. Molly has won three national Edward R. Murrow awards and her work has been honored by the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Asian American Journalists Association. Molly graduated from UC Santa Cruz. As a Bay Area native, she is hella excited to return home.
Monica is senior editor of digital content. She likes to report and edit as well as produce video and take photos. Before joining KQED, Monica worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she examined conditions inside maximum security prisons and abuse in state-run institutions for the developmentally disabled. Prior to that, she produced and directed Journey of the Bonesetter's Daughter, a documentary that follows novelist Amy Tan as she creates an opera based on her family history. Monica's work has been honored with a duPont Award, four Emmys, regional and national Murrow Awards, and has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Monica studied urban studies at Stanford University and earned a master's in journalism at University of California at Berkeley. Follow her on twitter: @monicazlam
Afternoon and Weekend News Anchor
Natalia Navarro is the radio news anchor at KQED News on weekday afternoons and weekend mornings. She came to KQED from Colorado Public Radio, where she was a reporter and host. During the first year of the pandemic, Natalia worked on CPR's COVID-19 coverage team reporting on the myriad ways the pandemic affected the most vulnerable people in society. Natalia is originally from Tucson, Arizona, and before joining CPR she wrote stories for several news organizations including the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Public Media. Natalia earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and economics, and her master's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.
Nina Thorsen is a KQED radio producer, and frequently reports on sports and culture. She co-created and produced KQED's Pacific Time, a weekly radio program on Asian and Asian American issues that aired from 2000 to 2007. Before coming to KQED, Thorsen was the deputy foreign editor for Marketplace, and in her home state of Minnesota, worked for A Prairie Home Companion and for Public Radio International.
Olivia Allen-Price is senior editor and host of the award-winning Bay Curious podcast. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Olivia worked at The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She holds degrees in journalism and political science from Elon University. Her work has earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Hearst Foundation and Hearken. She loves to talk about running and curly hair. Follow: @oallenprice Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KQED Newsroom Host
Priya David Clemens is the host of KQED Newsroom, the long-running television weekly news series. The veteran journalist and Bay Area resident has more than 15 years of television news experience working for a variety of national and local outlets, including CBS News, NBC News and KTVU. Clemens’ extensive broadcast journalism background had her crisscrossing the country covering some of the most important stories of the early part of the millennium. As a national correspondent for CBS News (2008-2012), she reported for the CBS Evening News and The Early Show, anchored the CBS Weekend Early Show news desk and filled in as host of the Saturday and Sunday CBS Evening News. At CBS, she covered pivotal moments such as the financial meltdown of 2008, and interviewed such notable figures as Donald Trump, Warren Buffett and Kobe Bryant. As a general assignment reporter covering breaking news for Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU (2005-2008), she covered a multitude of stories, including a major San Francisco Bay oil spill and the murder trial of journalist Chauncey Bailey. At NBC News (2002-2004), Clemens served as a producer and news associate for NBC Weekend Nightly News, Dateline, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and News with Brian Williams. She also spent extensive time as an embedded campaign reporter for NBC/MSNBC covering Vice President Dick Cheney’s bid for re-election and Dick Gephardt’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. Clemens has also been a journalist at KOIN in Portland, Oregon; WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama; KKFX in Santa Barbara, California; and the Orange County News Channel. More recently, Clemens served as Director of Public Affairs for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, where she managed communications and media for the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Ferry and Golden Gate Transit bus system. Clemens was born in Chennai, India, and grew up in Virginia, California, Brussels and London. She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Westmont College and her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors. KQED Newsroom features engaging roundtable discussions, in–depth reporting, analysis and interviews with newsmakers and Bay Area innovators. The program‘s roots go back to 1968, when it was simply titled Newsroom. Launched in response to a local newspaper strike, the show was the first regional television public media news program and a forerunner of the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (now called PBS NewsHour).
Queena Sook Kim is a former senior editor of the weekend desk at KQED. Before taking on that post, she was the Senior Editor of the Silicon Valley Desk and was the host of The California Report. The daily morning show airs on KQED in San Francisco, one of the nation’s largest NPR affiliates, and on 30 stations across the state. In that role, she produces and reports on news, politics and life in the Golden State. Queena likes to take sideways look at the larger trends changing the state. One of her favorite stories asked why Latino journalists “over’pronounce” their Spanish surnames as a way of looking at how immigration is creating a culture shift in California. Before joining The California Report, Queena was a Senior Reporter covering technology for Marketplace, the daily business show that airs on public radio. Queena covered daily tech business stories and reported on larger technology trends. She did a series of stories looking at role of social engineering in hacking and on a start-up in Silicon Valley that’s trying to use technology, instead of animals, to make meat that bleeds. Queena started her career as a business journalist at the Wall Street Journal, where she spent four years covering the paper, home building and toy industries. She wrote A1 stories about the unusually aggressive tactics KB Home took against its home buyers. and the resurgence of “Cracker” architecture in Florida. She also wrote section front stories on marketing trends and As a journalist, Queena has spent much of her career helping start-up editorial products. She was on the founding editorial team of The Bay Citizen, an experimental, online news site in San Francisco that was funded by the late hillbilly billionaire Warren Hellman. In 2009, Queena received a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting to start-up a podcast called CyberFrequencies, which reported on the culture of technology. She also helped start-up two radio shows - Off-Ramp and Pacific Drift - for KPCC, the NPR-affiliate in Los Angeles. Off-Ramp was awarded 1st Place for news and Public Affairs programming by the PRINDI and the L.A. Press club. Queena’s stories have appeared on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, WNYC’s Studio 360, WBUR’s Here and Now, BBC’s Global Perspectives and New York Times’ multimedia page. In 1994, Queena won a Fulbright Grant to teach and study in Seoul, South Korea. She was also selected to be a Teach For America Corps Member in 1991 and taught elementary school in the Inglewood Unified School District in Southern California. Queena is a frequent public speaker and has given talks at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, PRINDI conference and the Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp. Queena went to UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Politics. She grew up in Southern California and lives in Berkeley, Ca in a big fixer on which she spends most weekends, well, fixing.
Senior Editor of KQED's Silicon Valley News Desk
Rachael Myrow is Senior Editor of KQED's Silicon Valley News Desk. You can hear her work on NPR, WBUR's Here & Now and the BBC. She also periodically guest hosts for KQED's Forum. Over the years, she's talked with Kamau Bell, Lyrics Born, David Byrne, Kamala Harris, Tony Kushner, Armistead Maupin, Van Dyke Parks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tommie Smith, among others. Before all this, she hosted The California Report for 7+ years, reporting on topics like assisted living facilities, the robot takeover of Amazon, and chocolate persimmons. Awards? Sure: Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, Regional Edward R. Murrow, RTNDA, Northern California RTNDA, SPJ Northern California Chapter, LA Press Club, Golden Mic. Prior to joining KQED, Rachael worked in Los Angeles at KPCC and Marketplace. She holds degrees in English and journalism from UC Berkeley (where she got her start at public radio on the show "Film Close Ups" at KALX-FM). Outside of the studio, you'll find Rachael circling the Stanford Dish, and whipping up Instagram-ready meals in her kitchen.
Sara Hossaini came to general assignment reporting at KQED in 2013 after two winters reporting at Wyoming Public Radio. She holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her radio romance began after a bitter breakup with documentary film (Ok, maybe it's still complicated). Her first simultaneous jobs in San Francisco were as Associate Producer on a PBS film series through the Center for Asian American Media and as a butler. She likes to trot, plot and make things with her hands.
Host, The California Report Magazine
Sasha Khokha is the host of The California Report's weekly magazine program, which takes listeners on sound-rich excursions to meet the people that make the Golden State unique -- through audio documentaries and long-form stories. As The California Report's Central Valley Bureau Chief based in Fresno for nearly a dozen years, Sasha brought the lives and concerns of rural Californians to listeners around the state. Her reporting helped expose the hidden price immigrant women janitors and farmworkers may pay to keep their jobs: sexual assault at work. It inspired two new California laws to protect them from sexual harassment. She was a key member of the reporting team for the Frontline film Rape on the Night Shift, which was nominated for two national Emmys. Sasha has also won a national Edward R. Murrow and a national PRNDI award for investigative reporting, as well as multiple prizes from the Society for Professional Journalists. Sasha is a proud alum of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Brown University and a member of the South Asian Journalists Association.
Host, The California Report
A Golden State native, Saul has been the Los Angeles co-host of The California Reportsince 2019, covering such issues as homelessness and housing policy, the state's response to climate change and the ravages of the Covid pandemic. Whenever possible, tries to be outside of the studio, connecting these big issues to the daily lives of Californians experiencing them in very personal ways. Before joining KQED, Saul worked for the PBS NewsHour, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and public radio affiliate KCRW in Santa Monica, where he also hosted the podcast series "There Goes the Neighborhood" about gentrification. For his work, Saul has been honored with several Emmys and is a two-time winner of the L.A. Press Club's Radio Journalist of the Year Award. When not working, Saul spends his time trying to hone his amateur photography skills and spending as much time as possible in bookstores and coffee houses.
Scott Shafer came to KQED in 1998 to host the statewide California Report. Prior to that he had extended stints in politics and government. Using that inside experience, he is now Senior Editor for KQED's Politics and Government Desk where he provides reporting, hosting and analysis while also overseeing the politics desk. Scott co-hosts the weekly show and podcast Political Breakdown and he collaborated on The Political Mind of Jerry Brown, an eight-part series about the life and extraordinary political career of the former governor. For fun, he plays water polo with the San Francisco Tsunami.
Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning former producer at KQED. He covers current affairs topics and previously produced and reported on science and technology issues, from self-driving cars to synthetic biology.
Sukey Lewis is a criminal justice reporter and host of On Our Watch, a new podcast from NPR and KQED about the shadow world of police discipline. In 2018, she co-founded the California Reporting Project, a coalition of newsrooms across the state focused on obtaining previously sealed internal affairs records from law enforcement. In addition to her reporting on police accountability, Sukey has investigated the bail bonds industry, California's wildfires and the high cost of prison phone calls. Sukey earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. Send news tips to email@example.com.
Suzie Racho is the producer/director of The California Report Magazine. She also works with several other KQED productions, including Bay Curious, The Do List and KQED News. Suzie came to KQED in 1996 after receiving a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University and spending several years working in the music industry. As part of The California Report team, her work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, National Federation of Community Broadcasters and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, among others. She spends her free time baking, listening to records and rooting for the San Francisco Giants.
Tara reports and anchors for KQED news. She covers a range of issues from community-police relations to local politics. Tara started out in community radio in the Bay Area, where she was raised. She eventually moved to Washington DC where she covered Congress for eight years for Pacifica and Monitor Radio. Her stories have also been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and The World. Tara lives with her husband in Oakland-- where they raised their two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and hiking in the Oakland hills... and keeping up with the news.
KQED Senior Editor
Ted Goldberg is Supervising Senior Editor of News and Newscasts at KQED. His main reporting beat is the Bay Area's oil refining industry. Prior to joining KQED in 2014, Ted worked at CBS News and WCBS AM in New York and Bay City News and KCBS Radio in San Francisco. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1998.
Tyche Hendricks is editor for The California Report, KQED’s daily, statewide radio news program. She leads KQED's immigration coverage, and recently reported on the plight of migrant teens locked in indefinite detention -- a collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting. She also coordinates KQED's election coverage. Before joining KQED in 2010, Tyche worked as a newspaper reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury-News and the Seattle Times. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, including a 2012 Edward R. Murrow award for KQED's election coverage; the Society for Professional Journalists; the Education Writers Association; the Best of the West and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Tyche has taught at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and, from 2010 to 2015, directed a national immigration symposium for professional journalists there She is the author of The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (U.C. Press, 2010). Tyche holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and master's degrees in Latin American Studies and Journalism from U.C. Berkeley. She speaks fluent Spanish and passable French.
Vanessa Rancaño covers housing for KQED. She previously covered education for the station and reported from the Central Valley. Her work has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here & Now, Latino USA and Snap Judgment. She's received a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and shared in national and regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards. Vanessa grew up in California's Central Valley. She's a former NPR Kroc Fellow, and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Victoria Mauleón is The California Report's senior editor, overseeing the production and editorial direction of the weekly, statewide news magazine program. She is the show's primary content editor, working with KQED reporters, member station reporters and freelancers. Victoria has taught advanced radio and podcasting at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before her work in radio, Victoria worked as a television producer, and her work aired on PBS, MSNBC, HBO, VH1, and AMC. Her work has earned her a Northern California Emmy Award, a John Swett Award, an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, two San Francisco Peninsula Press Club awards and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.
Vinnee Tong is the managing editor of news at KQED. She oversees editorial standards and works to highlight underrepresented voices and perspectives. She was founding editor of The Bay, a storytelling news podcast from KQED. Previously, she was a producer on the Bay Curious podcast and the lead producer of Truth Be Told, an award-winning KQED series on race and identity distributed nationally by Public Radio International. Before KQED, Vinnee was a print reporter at the Associated Press and newspapers. She covered local news from city hall and planning commission hearings as well as business news from New York, like the financial meltdown of 2008. She has won awards for her reporting including an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as awards from the New York Press Club and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of California at Berkeley, where she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Californian.