KQED's Forum Expands: Mina Kim to Share Daily Host Duties

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Mina Kim and Michael Krasny


KQED announces that the long-running public affairs call-in radio program Forum, will begin making the 10am hour of the program available for public media stations across California starting July 13, 2020. The second hour of the 9-11am weekday program will be hosted by Mina Kim, who’s shifting from her role as the Friday host of Forum and afternoon anchor for KQED News. As part of this change, the 10am hour of the program will look at current affairs through the lens of race, justice and equality. Longtime host Michael Krasny will continue to host the 9am hour of the program.

Forum has long been the premier Bay Area radio program for thoughtful dialogue and debate about the issues affecting us in our communities,” explains Chief Content Officer Holly Kernan. “It’s notable for bringing in a wide range of perspectives to any conversation on the issues of our times. This shift means we’ll be more intentional in bringing diverse voices and perspectives as we grapple with the systemic racism that infects our world.”

Co-host Mina Kim will bring her editorial expertise and curiosity to Forum listeners on a daily basis, specifically connecting these broader themes to a statewide audience. On March 23, shortly after shelter-in-place orders were put into effect across California, the second hour of Forum was offered to stations across the state, including KCLU in Thousand Oaks and KVMR in the Sierra Foothills, to bring community focused coverage about the COVID-19 crisis beyond the Bay Area.

“This is a moment of unprecedented change and people are hungry for meaningful dialogue about these issues,” says Kim, who’s been with KQED full-time since 2010. “I couldn’t be more excited and honored to help bring Forum to other communities across the state — and to bring in a wider range of voices to these conversations.”


Kim started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with KQED’s Pacific Time. When the station began expanding its local news coverage in 2010, she became a general assignment reporter then health reporter for the station’s statewide news service The California Report. Kim’s award-winning stories have included on-the-scene reporting of the 2014 Napa earthquake and a series on gun violence in Oakland. Kim became the Friday Forum host in late 2014. She’s interviewed many notable figures, including Nancy Pelosi, Senator Bernie Sanders, Sarah Silverman, Roxane Gay, Elvis Costello, and Senator Cory Booker, among others.

Forum began in 1987 and Krasny became the show’s full-time host in 1993. Over the decades, he’s interviewed a wide range of newsworthy figures and cultural icons on the show, including Cesar Chavez, Maya Angelou, President Jimmy Carter, Rosa Parks, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Barack Obama, George Will and many more. He’s a professor of English at San Francisco State University and the author of a number of books, including Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life; Spiritual Envy; Sound Ideas; and Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means.

Listener calls and comments are a key part of Forum, which has consistently ranked as one of the most listened-to radio programs in the region. Forum airs live on KQED Public Radio weekdays from 9am-11am. The program is rebroadcast at 10pm. It’s also available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, Spotify and other platforms.

Forum is made possible by support from the Germanacos Foundation, the Jenerosity Foundation, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, the Bernard Osher Foundation and the members of KQED.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS member station 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. kqed.org