President Elect & Chief Operating Officer
Michael Isip has overall responsibility for all of KQED core operations, including television, radio, digital production, broadcast and digital distribution, the revenue departments of membership, corporate sponsorships and development, marketing and communications, as well as KQED’s technical and technology infrastructure.
Michael joined KQED in June 2001 as Executive Producer in TV Productions and was promoted to a number of senior-level titles before being named Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer in 2014, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2017, and President Elect and Chief Operating Officer in October 2018.
KQED is one of the nation’s most-watched public television stations. KQED owns and operates KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area) and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey), plus multicast channels PBS KIDS on KQED, and KQED World. KQED Public Radio is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with a news and information service found on 88.5 FM and Comcast channel 960 in San Francisco, 89.3 FM in Sacramento, 88.3 FM in Santa Rosa and 88.1 FM in Martinez.
At KQED, Michael helped reorganize the station among four new content areas — News, Science, Arts and Education, with multidisciplinary teams that produce for online, social and mobile, as well as for TV and radio. Michael led and managed much of this change, focusing not only on multimedia content and production but also upgrading the station’s technological infrastructure, creating new workflows and retraining and hiring staff.
Michael has more than 20 years of media experience, with a decade in senior management. He is on the board of directors of American Documentary, Inc. (which produces the PBS documentary series POV), Public Radio International, and Pacific Islanders in Communications, and is a Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley. Michael has a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from DePaul College of Law.