PRESTIGIOUS AWARD IS GIVEN TO INDIVIDUALS WHOSE ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE MADE THE BAY AREA A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK.
The San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) announced that it will be honoring Michael Krasny with Silver SPUR Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Silver SPUR Award is the most prominent award for lifetime civic achievement in San Francisco and is given to individuals who have made efforts to improve San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Recent winners of the Silver SPUR award include people like Nadine Burke-Harris, Belva Davis, Walter Shorenstein, Warren Helman, Louise Renne, Sandra Hernandez and Dick Blum. SPUR is a nonprofit organization aimed at using research, education, and advocacy as tools to improve the planning and government in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Michael Krasny was such a natural choice for the Silver SPUR award. His thoughtful interviews and insightful commentary have enhanced the morning for Bay Area residents for over a quarter of a century,” says SPUR President and CEO Alicia John-Baptiste. “He is quite simply, core to the intellectual and cultural life of San Francisco, and we are thrilled to celebrate him this October.”
Since 1993, Krasny has been the host of KQED’s Forum, the award-winning daily call-in radio program that addresses local and national news, politics, culture, health, public affairs, art and culture and technology. Over the years, he has interviewed a wide range of political and cultural figures, including, Cesar Chavez, Maya Angelou, President Jimmy Carter, Rosa Parks, Francis Ford Coppola, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Vice President Al Gore, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Patti Smith, President Barack Obama, George Will, Nancy Pelosi, and many more.
Krasny, who is also a celebrated author and a professor of English at San Francisco State, added: “I am honored to receive this esteemed award and be in the company of so many outstanding past SPUR honorees.”