THE VETERAN REPORTER JOINS CO-HOST LILY JAMALI, AND WILL ANCHOR THE STATEWIDE NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FROM LOS ANGELES
KQED announces the hiring of Saul Gonzalez as co-host of its premier statewide daily radio news program The California Report (TCR). An award-winning reporter who has spent his entire career in radio and television broadcast journalism, Gonzalez arrives at KQED from KCRW in Los Angeles, where he served as a reporter and producer, and also host of the popular podcast There Goes the Neighborhood. Gonzalez starts July 8 and will report for TCR from Los Angeles. TCR co-host Lily Jamali will continue to report out of KQED’s headquarters in San Francisco.
“We are fortunate to welcome someone with as much experience and range as a reporter and host as Saul has to The California Report,” says KQED Chief Content Officer Holly Kernan. “His deep understanding of the issues that impact Southern California will complement Lily’s focus on Northern California, and will benefit listeners and partner stations throughout the state.”
Gonzalez’s tenure at KCRW started in 2012. Since that time he's covered many of the critical issues facing Southern Californians, from soaring housing costs and homelessness to the plight of undocumented immigrants and people working in the underground economy. Gonzalez also hosted and co-produced the second season of the podcast series There Goes the Neighborhood (co-produced by WNYC), which explored gentrification in Los Angeles. Since 2014, Gonzalez has also been a contributing reporter for the daily international news show The World, produced by Public Radio International (PRI).
Before embarking on his radio career, Gonzalez worked in television for PBS in a series of roles, including the Los Angeles producer of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, contributing reporter for the national magazine series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, producer for the KCET weekly magazine series California Connected and SoCal Connected, as well as KCET’s nightly news show Life & Times.