Bay Area Youth Take Over KQED Airwaves

Bay Area high school student participants

High school students take over public media to tell the stories that matter most to them.

San Francisco, CA, April 25, 2019 – Starting  Monday April 29, young people from around the Bay Area will take to the airwaves as part of KQED’s Youth Takeover, sharing their stories on acclaimed programs like Perspectives, The California Report, Forum, Bay Curious and more. Through May 3, millions of listeners from across the Bay Area and online will hear from these remarkable young people, who speak with depth and intelligence, heart and hope.

The Youth Takeover of KQED is a unique year-long program that partners San Francisco Bay Area high school classrooms with KQED journalists to help students pitch, write and produce audio-feature stories destined for KQED’s broadcast, podcasts and online programming. This is the second year of the project, which debuted in spring 2018 to wide acclaim.

Hannah Shin, 17, a junior at Santa Clara High School who participated in Youth Takeover last year, says, “Much of my waking moments are centered on academics. But writing my very own Perspective for the radio? And having it featured on a platform that everyone in the Bay Area listens to? It was exciting and thrilling and nerve-wracking all at once.”

“I love how thoughtful and passionate the students are about the issues that shape their lives,” says KQED News editor Erika Kelly. “They are really enthusiastic about learning the tools to make themselves heard – interviewing, recording, editing and using sound.”


This year, Youth Takeover expanded to include 10 Bay Area high schools and more than 25 student-produced stories. Participating students came from Bishop O’Dowd High School, Philip and Sala H Burton High School, El Cerrito High School, Fremont High School, Abraham Latitude High School, Lincoln High School, Richmond High School, Santa Clara High School, Woodside High School, and Ygnacio Valley High School

The complete schedule of youth stories is available on the Youth Takeover webpage and all stories will be posted there after they air.

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