Lily Jamali Joins The California Report as Cohost and Correspondent

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KQED announced the hiring of Lily Jamali as cohost and correspondent of its premiere statewide daily news program The California Report (TCR). Jamali comes to KQED from Bloomberg TV Canada where she had served as anchor and executive producer since early 2017. She will report from KQED’s San Francisco studios beginning August 27. She will share hosting duties with current host John Sepulvado, who will begin reporting from Southern California.

“Lily’s experience, broad editorial range and multifaceted background as an anchor, reporter and producer, makes her an ideal fit for TCR,” says Holly Kernan, KQED’s vice president, news. “Not only are we getting a dream hire, but her arrival creates an opportunity for John to report out of Southern California. This greatly enhances our responsiveness and our ability to offer deeper reporting and analysis of news that affects all Californians, regardless of where they live and work.”

At Bloomberg TV Canada, Jamali steered markets and economics coverage for her broadcast Bloomberg Markets: Canada, interviewing newsmakers including Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, as well as several ministers in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet. As executive producer, she was part of the team that helped launch Bloomberg TV's partnership with Canada's Business News Network (BNN) which began earlier this year.

Prior to joining Bloomberg TV Canada, Jamali covered technology and finance from San Francisco and New York for Reuters TV.  At Reuters, she provided coverage from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the Aspen Ideas Festival among others. Before joining Reuters, Lily reported for NBC News Mobile (English and Spanish) and several local news stations including New York 1 News and KRCR, the ABC affiliate in Redding, where she started her broadcast career.

In addition to her time at Bloomberg and Reuters, Jamali has traveled the world as a freelance correspondent. In 2012, she was given a travel grant by PRI/BBC's The World, which sent her to Brazil to report on public safety in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the impact of the Eurozone crisis on immigration. Other awards and grants include a South Asian Journalists Association Reporting Fellowship to cover the impact of climate change on the Maldives, the National Press Photographers Association's Paul Threlfall Award, and a Mid-Career Grant from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Jamali also won Columbia Journalism School's Leslie Sander Social Justice Award for a documentary she co-directed and produced on Irish immigrants returning to Ireland from the Bronx. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business, and is fluent in Farsi, Spanish and French.


“As a longtime loyal listener, it’s an honor to join The California Report and the KQED family,” says Jamali. “For more than two decades, TCR has made a difference in the lives of Californians, including mine. Having lived all throughout the state, I know how much listeners rely on us. I can’t wait to help write the next chapter with the show’s incredible team as we expand our geographic scope and coverage.”

TCR is the only statewide daily news program focused on social, political and cultural issues of wide relevance in California with reporters based in bureaus in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, and Los Angeles.  TCR produces and airs stories from across California with two fast-paced broadcasts each weekday morning and a 30-minute weekly magazine. Hosted by Sasha Khokha, The California Report Magazine takes audiences on a road trip for the ears with sound-rich storytelling that explores the people and places that make the state unique.

The California Report started broadcasting out of KQED in 1995 and today reaches 45 stations in more than 80 communities across California and eastern Nevada. The program has an average weekly audience of over 700,000 listeners, as well as a devoted podcast audience of over 370,000 downloads per month for the weekday edition and 50,000 downloads per month for the magazine version.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.