THE REPORTER JOINS CO-HOST SAUL GONZALEZ, AND WILL ANCHOR THE STATEWIDE NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FROM KQED’S SAN FRANCISCO HEADQUARTERS
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.