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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 in 2008 to study journalism at City College of San Francisco. He then graduated from San Francisco State University's journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Alex freelanced for various news outlets including the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Bay Guardian. Alex is proud of his work at KQED on a spike in fatal officer-involved shootings in Vallejo, which uncovered that a single officer shot and killed three suspects over the course of five months. Alex's work with a team at KQED on police encounters with people in psychiatric crisis was cited in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. 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 was honored with 2010 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for breaking news reporting on the trial following the shooting of Oscar Grant.
Amanda Font is the Producer/Director of KQED's The California Report Magazine. 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.
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 an Edward R. Murrow award for sound design, a Gracie and SPJ 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.
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 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.
Bianca Hernandez is an Interactive Producer at KQED. She has produced at KGPE, KSEE24 and Sierra Magazine. In 2011 she received an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Anthropology from CSU, Chico . She earned a Master's from the University of Southern California in 2013, where she completed a documentary on teenage farmworkers. She is an avid Jane Austen fan and takes lightsaber combat class for fun.
Associate Producer and Host
Bianca Taylor is KQED's Associate Producer of Segmented Audio and Podcasts, and local host of Consider This. She has been a producer, reporter, and director for KQED's news and storytelling shows including The California Report Magazine and The Leap. Her work has been featured on NPR, the BBC World Service, and Audible. She received her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in French from the University of California, Berkeley.
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
Arts and Culture Reporter
Chloe Veltman covers arts, culture and other topics 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 a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 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
Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news 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 as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups. Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake. In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree. Email Dan at: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: twitter.com/danbrekke Facebook: www.facebook.com/danbrekke LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danbrekke
Dan Zoll has been senior editor of Forum since 2008, and he still can't figure out how Michael Krasny manages to read so many books. A graduate of Martha's Vineyard Regional High School and UC Berkeley, Dan has worked as a bartender and a cab driver, and he once got paid to watch every Roy Rogers movie ever made. He is a former reporter and city editor for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and producer for Washington Monthly on the Radio. Dan's print and broadcast work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California, the Peninsula Press Club, the National Newspaper Association, the Press Club of the East Bay, and the Sonoma County Press Club, among others.
Host of The Bay
Devin Katayama hosts The Bay podcast from KQED News. Previously, he co-hosted American Suburb and covered the East Bay. Before moving back 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.
Ericka Cruz Guevarra is a producer for The Bay podcast at KQED. She's worked as a breaking news reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, where her coverage included stories about the state's growing demand for ethnic grocery stores and how police became de facto first responders to people experiencing mental health crises. Before that she was an on-call interactive producer at KQED and was KQED’s first Raul Ramirez Diversity Fund Intern. Ericka also worked with NPR’s Code Switch team where she helped produce the Code Switch Podcast. She’s an alumna of NPR’s Next Generation Radio project at KJZZ in Phoenix and graduated from San Francisco State University.
Erika Aguilar is the director of podcasts at KQED. She is in charge of KQED's portfolio of original podcasts and teams, and sets strategic plans for production and engagement. Prior to this, Erika helped establish KQED's new housing affordability desk as senior editor. She was also a producer and editor for KQED's local news podcast called The Bay, and wrote stories about housing in the Bay Area as a reporter for KQED News. Erika joined KQED in 2017 after producing independent audio projects and podcasts in Southern California. She spent more than a dozen years reporting stories about law enforcement, breaking news, homelessness, government and the environment for KPCC in Los Angeles and KUT in Austin. She also volunteers as an editor and mentor for various journalism training programs. Erika Aguilar is a proud Tejana from San Antonio. She believes in compromise, optimism and Selena.
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 making her first foray into radio. Erin most recently worked as the transportation reporter for the Mercury News and East Bay Times with a focus 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, a rider of motorcycles and a lover of history.
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.
Farida Jhabvala Romero reports on immigration for KQED News. She won a 2018 Outstanding Emerging Journalist award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California. Before joining KQED, Farida worked at Radio Bilingüe, a national public radio network. Her investigation on car impounds in Menlo Park was a finalist for the 2015 Investigative Reporters & Editors awards. Farida earned her master’s degree in journalism from Stanford.
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.
Truth Be Told Engagement Producer
Isabeth "Isa" Mendoza is the Engagement Producer for KQED's Truth Be Told podcast. Isabeth is a bilingual audio journalist from Southeast Los Angeles and her work focuses on communities of color and identity across U.S. borders. Isabeth’s work has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Embedded, NPR Books, and Code Switch blog. She has also freelanced for 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.
Jessica Placzek is an audio reporter, producer and editor. She’s been a reporter at KQED, KPFA, and KALW in the Bay Area. In New Orleans she wrote for the Nola Defender. She’s currently working with men incarcerated at the California State Prison in Solano to produce the show “Uncuffed” which runs on KALW. In 2018 she co-hosted and produced the third season of Raw Material for SFMOMA. Her work has also appeared on Marketplace, All Things Considered, The California Report, and Vice.
Reporter and Producer
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez is a reporter and digital producer for KQED covering housing. 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.
Judy Campbell is a producer for Forum, KQED's live call-in radio program, and occasionally fills in as host. She is also the co-host and co-producer of the KQED podcast The Leap, about people making dramatic, risky changes. Previously, Judy was a KQED reporter, focusing on criminal justice and prison issues. Before joining KQED, Judy was a reporter and producer for Pacifica Radio and KPFA in Berkeley and wrote for the East Bay Express and Marie Claire magazine. Her work has regularly appeared on NPR and she’s been recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., the National Association of Community Broadcasters and, as a part of a California Report team covering the execution of Tookie Williams, an Associated Press Television and Radio Association award for her reporting on lethal injection and as a witness to the execution. Judy grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Email: email@example.com
Managing Editor, Digital
Julia B. Chan is the Managing Editor of Digital for KQED News. She leads editorial content strategy, story production and audience engagement across platforms. And she's tasked with shaping the identity of and strategy for KQEDnews.org and many of KQED’s digital properties including newsletters, mobile apps and social media. Her past experience as a multiplatform journalist and project manager at Mother Jones, Reveal, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the San Francisco Examiner — working on projects ranging from breaking news to long-form investigative work — has prepared Julia for this new role at KQED where she is managing and leading a large team of digitally-savvy journalists.
Julia McEvoy is KQED's senior editor, Education and Equity. Julia oversees our education coverage which examines the inequities students face in Bay Area and California schools, and reports on what it will take to educate the next generation. Julia works in collaboration with KQED's education reporter on daily news and documentary work. As a senior leader in the newsroom she works closely across KQED News platforms to set the agenda for deep dive reporting projects, as well as daily news features. 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 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.
Katie Orr is a Sacramento-based reporter for KQED's Politics and Government Desk, covering the state Capitol and a variety of issues including women in politics, voting and elections and legislation. Prior to joining KQED in 2016, Katie was state government reporter for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. She's also worked for KPBS in San Diego, where she covered City Hall. Katie received her masters degree in political science from San Diego State University and holds a Bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University. In 2015 Katie won a national Clarion Award for a series of stories she did on women in California politics. She's been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists and, in 2013, was named by The Washington Post as one of the country's top state Capitol reporters. She's also reported for the award-winning documentary series The View from Here and was part of the team that won national PRNDI and Gabriel Awards in 2015. She lives in Sacramento with her husband. Twitter: @1KatieOrr
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.
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.
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.
Marisol Medina-Cadena is a radio reporter and producer. Before contributing to KQED News, she produced work for PBS member station, KCET, in Los Angeles. In 2018, Marisol won an Emmy for her work as an associate producer for a 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @MGreenKQED
Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.
Mina Kim is KQED News’ evening anchor and the Friday host of Forum. She reports on a wide range of issues affecting the Bay Area and interviews newsmakers, local leaders and innovators. Mina started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with Pacific Time. When the station began expanding its local news coverage in 2010, she became a general assignment reporter, then health reporter for The California Report. Mina’s award-winning stories have included on-the-scene reporting of the 2014 Napa earthquake and a series on gun violence in Oakland. Her work has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Mina grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Oak Park, CA. She lives in Napa.
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. She specializes in gender and culture. Reach her at email@example.com or https://www.facebook.com/mirandasleitsinger/
Molly Solomon covers housing affordability at KQED. Before that, she was the Southwest Washington Bureau Chief for Oregon Public Broadcasting and covered breaking news and native Hawaiian issues 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
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 producer and host of the Bay Curious series. 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
Queena Sook Kim is the Senior Editor of Weekend desk at KQED. Before taking on this 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 also hear her work on NPR, WBUR's Here & Now and the BBC. She periodically guest hosts for KQED's Forum, and interviews celebrities and moderates panels on stages across the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the years, she's interviewed Kamala Harris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kamau Bell, David Byrne, Van Dyke Parks, Lyrics Born, Armistead Maupin, Tony Kushner, and Tommie Smith, among others. Before all this, she hosted The California Report for seven+ years, reporting on topics like poor state regulation of assisted living facilities, the coming robot takeover of Amazon, and how private companies extort tax breaks from cities desperate to land large employers. Has she won 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, whipping up Instagram-ready meals in her kitchen, and doggedly trying to keep pace with The New Yorker magazines piling up by her toilet.
Raquel Maria Dillon got her start as a health reporter for KQED in 2000. She spent the bulk of her career as a news reporter and video journalist for the Associated Press, where she covered wildfires, mudslides, drought, political campaigns, and breaking news across the Western US. Working out of the Los Angeles bureau, she covered everything from polygamy trials in St. George, Utah, to migrants in Nogales shelters, and interviewed all kinds of Californians, from farmworkers in crowded apartments in the Salinas Valley and adult film actors on set in the San Fernando Valley. She attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and worked for New Hampshire Public Radio, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, KALW Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KTVU/Channel 2, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, and Timeline.com.
Sam Harnett is a reporter who covers tech and work at KQED. For the last five years he has been reporting on how technology and capitalism are changing the way we think about ourselves and what it means to work. He is the co-creator of The World According to Sound, a 90-second podcast that features different sounds and the stories behind them. Before coming to KQED, Sam worked as an independent reporter who contributed regularly to The California Report, Marketplace, The World and NPR.
Sandhya Dirks is the race and equity reporter at KQED, focusing on Oakland and the East Bay. She's the co-host of the podcast American Suburb and has covered police, housing, and the changing city. Her stories about race, space, and belonging were part of KQED's So Well Spoken project, which won RNDTA's Kaleidoscope award, honoring outstanding achievements in the coverage of diversity. Prior to joining KQED in 2015, Sandhya covered the 2012 presidential election from the swing state of Iowa for Iowa Public Radio. At KPBS in San Diego, she broke the story of a sexual harassment scandal that led to the mayor's resignation. She got her start in radio working on documentaries about Oakland that investigated the high drop-out rate in public schools and mistrust between the police and the community. Her work received the Sigma Delta Chi Award Award for radio documentary. Sandhya is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, where she won a Patsy Pulitzer Preston Documentary Fellowship for her investigative film about international adoption. She’s reported for NPR, Latino USA, and PRI’s The World, and she’s taught audio story-telling at Mills College in Oakland. Sandhya lives in Oakland with her two cats. She believes all stories are stories about power.
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.
Scott Shafer migrated to KQED in 1998 after extended stints in politics and government to host The California Report. Now he covers those things and more as senior editor for KQED's Politics and Government Desk. He co-hosts the weekly show and podcast Political Breakdown. Recently collaborated on The Political Mind of Jerry Brown, an eight-part series about the life and extraordinary political career of the former governor. When he's not asking questions you'll often find him in a pool playing water polo.
Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning 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 journalist and radio producer with KQED News reporting on criminal justice. In addition to her work at KQED, Sukey has freelanced for Latino U.S.A., Snap Judgment and the Center For Investigative Reporting's radio show Reveal. Sukey received 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 sometimes 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 large family, gardening and hiking in the Oakland hills with her dog.
KQED Senior Editor
Ted Goldberg is senior editor of KQED's Newscasts. His beat areas include the Bay Area's oil refineries, California's workplace safety issues and the state's firefighting resources. 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.
Tina joined Forum as an intern in 2004, worked as an on-call producer in 2007, and went full-time in 2015. She got her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wheaton College (MA), a masters in English literature from Lund University in Sweden, and a degree in business from Copenhagen Business School.
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 education for KQED. She's one of the few people in her family who's not a teacher, but she didn't stray too far from the profession. 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 a regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award. 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.
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).