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Madi Bolaños Is the Newest Voice of KQED’s 'The California Report'

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Madi Bolaños, co-host of The California Report (Juan Carlos Ceja Reyes)


KQED, the NPR and PBS member station for Northern California, announces the hiring of Madi Bolaños as co-host of its premier statewide daily radio news program The California Report (TCR). Bolaños comes from public media station KVPR in Fresno, where she served as the station’s immigration and underserved communities reporter. Bolaños spent much of her time at KVPR reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Latinx communities in California’s Central Valley. Bolaños will begin hosting TCR from San Francisco beginning in July. TCR co-host Saul Gonzalez will continue to report from Los Angeles.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join The California Report team,” says Bolaños. “I’m looking forward to bringing diverse voices from across the state to TCR listeners every morning.”

Bolaños is no stranger to the TCR team and audiences. While at KVPR, she filed a number of stories for TCR and The California Report Magazine, including a touching tribute to her grandfather, an immigrant farmworker who inspired her and her family to strive for educational and career opportunities that transcended their humble roots.

Born and raised in Fresno, Bolaños is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology. She also attended the Danish School of Media and Journalism and reported on alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border. She also interned for POLITCO in Washington, D.C., where she reported on U.S. trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election.


“We have been huge fans of Madi’s work and are excited to bring her community approach to finding story ideas and reporting to TCR,” says TCR Senior Editor Angela Corral. “With her Central Valley roots and deep consideration of the issues that impact immigrant communities, and now reporting out of the Bay Area, she is ideally suited to develop stories that complement the work that Saul Gonzalez is doing for communities throughout Southern California.”

About The California Report
The California Report is the only statewide daily news program focused on social, political and cultural issues of wide relevance in California. The California Report started broadcasting out of KQED in 1995 and today is carried by public media stations across California and into eastern Nevada. With bureaus in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles, The California Report produces two fast-paced broadcasts every weekday morning. The 30-minute weekly news magazine, The California Report Magazine, takes audiences on a road trip for the ears with sound-rich storytelling that explores the people and places that make the state unique. Hosted by Sasha Khokha, The California Report Magazine airs on Friday evenings. The California Report and The California Report Magazine are available wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting kqed.org/tcr.

The California Report is supported by the Irvine Foundation, Personal Capital Corporation, Stanford Health Care, Personal Capital Corporation, Paint Care, California Health Care Foundation and Hint, 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 affiliate 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

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