NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED VETERAN ANCHOR AND REPORTER JOINS KQED’S LONG-RUNNING WEEKLY NEWS PROGRAM
San Francisco, CA — KQED announced Priya David Clemens as 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 replaces Thuy Vu, who left the program in June 2019 after serving nearly six seasons as host. Clemens will make her KQED Newsroom debut on Friday, February 28.
“There’s no other show like KQED Newsroom in the Bay Area. It’s a local journalistic jewel — a rare place for in-depth, substantive on-camera interviews with regional, state and national newsmakers. I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve our community through this stellar and historically significant program.”
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). The series has gone through a handful of iterations over the years, including This Week in Northern California, which was hosted by Belva Davis for nearly two decades. It was rebranded as KQED Newsroom with Thuy Vu as host in 2013.
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.