About KQED Science

KQED Science is the largest multimedia science and environment journalism unit in Northern California. KQED Science explores science and environment news, trends and events from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond with its award-winning, multimedia reporting on radio, television and the Web. KQED Science also publishes its articles on several social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and engages in community outreach around science and environment issues.

Laura Klivans, KQED Health reporter and Host of KQED's Deep Look nature and wildlife series, recording the sounds of the Golden Gate Bridge, December 19, 2016. Photo Credit: Brittany Hosea-Small.

KQED Science was formed in October of 2012 as a result of KQED’s commitment to increasing science news coverage and the consolidation of KQED’s two award-winning science and environment focused multimedia series, QUEST and Climate Watch.

KQED Science covers breaking science news on the radio, web and social media. It also produces weekly radio features and reports; the award-winning YouTube video series Deep Look; and features posts from prominent science outlets and experts.

KQED’s science journalists have more than 35 years of combined experience covering critical issues around climate change, California water resources and renewable energy, health and medical research. The unit is committed to telling stories that distinguish truth from falsehood, offer concrete solutions and make sense of complicated science.

Community Engagement

KQED Science is also committed to increasing science literacy through fostering dialogue around science and environment issues. KQED Science organizes and participates in public science-related events and works closely with its community partners which include world-renowned science and environment institutions, and prominent formal and informal education partners to advance a richer understanding of science.

Editorial Guidelines

KQED Science follows strict editorial guidelines that have been adopted from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Public Radio (NPR) and uses these guidelines to maintain the integrity of its information and the essential noncommercial nature of its reporting. All of these efforts are directed toward fulfilling KQED’s mission to provide high-quality, noncommercial media that informs, inspires and involves our audiences by giving them opportunities to explore and connect with us and each other.

Media producer Josh Cassidy and QUEST Executive producer Jason Black filming Science on the SPOT’s short video, “Shadows and Spiders : A Secret Cave in California.”
Deep Look's lead cinematographer Josh Cassidy and coordinating producer Gabriela Quirós filming a corpse flower at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley in October of 2017. Photo credit: Vanessa Handley, University of California Botanical Garden.

KQED Science Staff

(in alphabetical order)



Peter Arcuni

Reporter, Science

portraitPeter reports radio and online stories for KQED Science. His work has also appeared on the The California Report morning show and KQED News. His production credits include The California Report, The California Report Magazine and KQED's local news podcast The Bay. Other credits include NPR, WBUR's Here & Now, SFGate and WIRED. Peter graduated from Brown University and earned a master's degree in journalism from Stanford. He's covered everything from homelessness to wildfires, health, the environment, arts, and Thanksgiving in San Quentin prison. In other lives, Peter played rock n roll music and studied neuroscience.

You can email him at: parcuni@kqed.org


Jon Brooks

Digital Editor, Science

Jon-Brooks-PhotoJon is KQED's Science Digital Editor. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.


Joshua Cassidy

Digital Video Producer

portraitJoshua is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science, and the Lead Producer and Cinematographer for Deep Look. After receiving his BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University, he went on to participate in marine mammal research for NOAA, USGS and the Intersea Foundation. He also served as the president of The Pacific Cetacean Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students K-6 about whales. Josh studied science and natural history filmmaking at San Francisco State University and Montana State University.


Sevda Eris

Director of Audience Engagement, Science 

portraitSevda leads engagement activities and strategy for KQED's science unit. She first joined KQED in 2002 organizing  screening events for documentaries such as  Hope on the Street, Coastal Clash and The New Americans.  She also managed publicity and community outreach for KQED’s multimedia science series QUEST. Before moving to San Francisco, Sevda worked for a variety of media and non-profit organizations. She enjoys documentary film, photography and travel, and is curious about all things art, nature and science related. Sevda holds a B.A. in communication from U.C. San Diego and an M.A. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


Jasmine Garnett

Audience Engagement Associate, Science

portraitJasmine is the Science team’s Associate Engagement Producer. She is also a freelance writer, with work appearing in KQED, Bitch Media, and Kotaku among others. Jasmine graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies, where she was also an Arts and Entertainment reporter at the Daily Californian.


Teodros Hailye

Information Designer

portraitTeodros joined KQED in 2016 to design interactive and motion graphics for the KQED Science team. Before KQED, he was a multidisciplinary designer at industrial and entertainment studios in Los Angeles. He received a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design with a focus on 3D modeling and CAD. In addition to being an asteroid mining geek, he's an avid backpacker and volunteer with pit bulls and large dogs at Oakland Animal Services.


Laura Klivans

Health Reporter, Science

portraitLaura is a community health reporter at KQED. Her work can also be heard on NPR, Here & Now, and PRI. She teaches at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Before getting hooked on all things audio, she worked in education, leading groups of students abroad. One of her favorite jobs was teaching on the Thai-Burmese border, working with immigrants and refugees. Laura won the 2016 North Gate Award for Excellence in Audio Reporting and Production and the Gobind Behari Lal Award for Excellence in Reporting on a Science or Health Story for a radio documentary about adults with imaginary friends. She's done several fellowships, including the USC Center for Health Journalism's California Fellowship, UC Berkeley's Human Rights Fellowship and the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Laura has a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley and a master’s in education from Harvard. She likes to eat chocolate. For breakfast.

lklivans@kqed.org, twitter: @lauraklivans, www.lauraklivans.com


Sue Ellen McCann

Executive in Charge, Science

portraitSue Ellen is the Executive in Charge of Science at KQED, the public broadcasting station in San Francisco. The KQED team is the largest science journalism unit in California producing science news and features for TV, radio, web and social media as well as professional development for educators and interactive products for learning environments. Sue Ellen specializes in multi-platform productions working on local and national public media projects and content audience engagement strategies.


Lesley McClurg

Radio Reporter

portraitLesley is a radio reporter covering medicine, space and environment for KQED Science. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Latino USA, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Previously, she covered food and sustainability for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. She began her media career at KCTS Television in Seattle. You can find her on Twitter at @lesleywmcclurg.


Craig Miller

Editor Emeritus, Science

Craig is KQED's Science Editor. A multi-faceted journalist at home on either end of the microphone, he brings three decades of diverse experience to KQED's science coverage. Prior to his current assignment, Craig led the team that launched KQED’s award-winning Climate Watch project in 2008. From producing and directing documentaries on public television to his reporting for outlets such as CNN and National Geographic Channel, Craig's background makes him uniquely suited to help lead KQED's Science and Environment editorial team. As a radio correspondent for KQED's The California Report, Craig has reported extensively on environmental and resource issues facing California and the American West.

Sarah Khalida Mohamad

Engagement Producer

portraitSarah joined KQED Science's engagement team in August 2019.  She is the Project Manager for the Cracking the Code: Influencing Millennial Science Engagement research and leads the social listening research efforts for this NSF funded research grant.  Sarah also leads all the social media advertising efforts for KQED Science ensuring ads are optimized and reaching KQED's target audiences.  Prior to joining KQED Science, Sarah worked in a brand new role as Digital Marketing Strategist at WPSU Penn State, a PBS and NPR affiliate in State College, Pennsylvania,  where she pioneered digital marketing efforts for all their productions and events.

Jenny Oh

Digital Media Producer

portraitJenny is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science's Deep Look online video series. She was also a long-time contributor to Bay Area Bites, KQED's popular food blog. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel, HBO and the University of California.


Gabriela Quirós

Co-ordinating Producer

portraitGabriela started her journalism career in 1993 as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has shared two regional Emmy Awards, and nine of her stories have been nominated for the award as well. Independent from her work on QUEST, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in vitro fertilization. The film is airing nationally on public television stations in 2015.


Craig Rosa

Senior Digital Editor, Science

portraitCraig is responsible for the integration of traditional and web-based media across all Science platforms, as well as ongoing production of web-only content features. He is also the Series Producer for KQED's award-winning science web video series Deep Look on YouTube. Prior to joining KQED in October of 2006, he spent 11 years with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, where he worked to create innovative educational visitor experiences online and within the museum space. He was also responsible for the museum's Information Services operations. He began his informal science interpretation career at the Brooklyn Children's Museum as an Assistant Exhibit Developer and Greenhouse Program Coordinator. Craig has a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.


Mike Seely

Producer, Science

portraitMike is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science and Post Production Coordinator for Deep Look. Prior to his work at KQED, he worked independently for 15 years as a director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films about art, science, and social issues, collaborating with independent directors, corporate clients, non-profits, digital and broadcast networks. Previous to filmmaking life, he majored in biology as an undergrad at Oberlin College, and worked as a wildlife biologist on bird and seal population studies in California. He also holds an M.A. in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.


Kat Snow

Senior Editor, Science

portraitKat works with a talented team of reporters to shape KQED's award-winning radio and web journalism. Over two decades in public radio, Kat has worked as a news director, editor, reporter, newscaster and talk show host. She learned radio at community station KMUN in Astoria, Oregon, and worked at KBOO and OPB in Portland, then covered government, ecology, mental health, religion, water and land use battles at KUER in Salt Lake City. Her work has appeared on NPR, Minnesota Public Radio and MonitorRadio, and in The Atlantic and Newsweek. Kat has a BA in International Relations from Pomona College and an MA in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she works as a public speaking coach. She loves hiking, camping and movement, and teaches Soul Motion(TM), a conscious dance practice.


Kevin Stark

Digital Producer, Science

Kevin Stark

Kevin is a digital producer for KQED Science. His journalism career began in the Pacific Northwest, and he later became a lead reporter for the San Francisco Public Press. Kevin has reported from melting glaciers in Mongolia, electric buses in Chicago, a coal plant in Wisconsin, toxic waste sites in Indiana, and a desk at KQED. His work has appeared in Pacific Standard magazine, the Energy News Network, the Center for Investigative Reporting's Reveal, and WBEZ in Chicago. Follow him on twitter @starkkev. Send him an email at kstark@kqed.org.


Polly Stryker

Editor, Science

portraitPolly is an Assignment Editor for KQED's statewide news service, The California Report. She and reporter/host Rachael Myrow produce the KQED podcast, Love in the Digital Age. Polly has worked for a variety of news and public affairs programs, including  The California Report's “Health Dialogues” and Forum on KQED. Before that, she was a producer on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC radio, and These Days on KPBS. Polly’s work has won  awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Northern California, the Society of Professional Journalists (Southern California and Northern California chapters), the Radio and Television News Association. She's also won a Taste Award. She considers herself to be a citizen of the world, having grown up in Cairo before coming to the United States. Polly speaks Arabic and can say, "I’d like a martini, please" in Swahili.

Amanda Stupi

Senior Engagement Producer, Science

portraitAmanda joined KQED Science’s engagement team as a Senior Audience Engagement Strategist in the spring of 2019. She has helped craft messaging around wildfires, the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and many other stories. She has also brought KQED Science to new platforms such as Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series. Prior to joining KQED Science, Amanda spent seven years as an engagement producer with Forum, KQED’s daily live call-in show. She got her start in radio at KALW's weekly call in show, City Visions, before going on to an internship and stint at NPR's Talk of the Nation.

Prior to journalism, Amanda taught English at Lowell High School. She's a native of Petaluma and currently lives under the "South San Francisco the Industrial City" sign in South City. She believes that engagement is vital to news’s future and that good journalism listens as much as it asks questions.

Danielle Venton

Editor, Science

portraitDanielle is an editor for KQED Science. Her stores have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, Here & Now and The Takeaway.

Danielle joined KQED in 2015 as a fill-in host. She has worked at KRCB-FM in Sonoma County and at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Danielle is a graduate of the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. Her written work has appeared in WIRED, Nature, Popular Mechanics and High Country News. Danielle's interests span everything under the skies, but also the skies themselves.

Find her on Twitter @danielleventon or write her at dventon@KQED.org.


Community Partners

Aquarium of the Bay

Bay Area Science Festival(UCSF)

California Academy of Sciences

Chabot Space and Science Center

East Bay Regional Park District

The Exploratorium

Girl Scouts of Northern California

Gladstone Institutes (UCSF)

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Hall of Science

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Oakland Zoo

Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Tech Museum of Innovation

University of California at Berkeley Natural History Museums

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


Contact Us

We would like to hear your thoughts about KQED Science on television, radio, the web, and in the classroom. Send your comments to:

KQED Science
2601 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 553-3360

To give us feedback and pitch your story ideas email us at: science@kqed.org

Formal and informal educators who would like to find out more about our educator resources and our teacher institutes should email: ScienceEd@kqed.org.

You can also find out more via our Pressroom.


QUEST & KQED Science Staff Alumni


Jeanette Aguilar, Science and Environment Manager

Andrea Aust, Senior Manager, Science Education

Chris Bauer, Media Producer

Ifanyi Bell, Associate Media Producer

Jason Black, QUEST Executive Producer

Jen Brady, Audience Engagement Producer

Arwen Curry, Associate Producer, Television

Chrissy Farr, Editor and Host, Future of You

Lauren Farrar, Education Media Producer

Michael Goode, TV Associate Producer

Shirley Gutierrez, TV Editor

Joan Johnson, TV Associate Producer

Mike Kahn, QUEST Hub Content Coordinator

Sarah Kass, TV Segment Producer

Elliott Kennerson, Digital Media Producer

Andrea Kissack, Senior Editor, Science

Lindsay Kelliher, TV Associate Producer

Derek Lartaud, Education Media Producer

Amy Miller, TV Series Producer

Jessica Neely, Project Manager, Science Education

Linda Peckham, TV Editor

David Pierce, Graphic Designer

Johanna Reis, Production and Finance Operations Manager

Suzanne Romaine, Business Manager

Josh Rosen, TV Series Producer

Sheraz Sadiq, TV and Interactive Producer

Molly Samuel, Multimedia Producer

Laurie Schmidt, TV Series Editor

Sandy Schonning, Series Manager

Lauren Sommer, Radio Reporter, Science

Adam Sopko, Associate Director, Foundation Relations


Amy Standen, Radio Reporter