Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Michael is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for KQED, and has overall responsibility for all of KQED core operations, technical infrastructure and personnel integral to developing, producing and distributing KQED content and services to the people of the Bay Area. KQED’s core operations include News, Arts, Science, Learning, TV & Radio Programming, Product, Media Technology, IT, Engineering and Operations, and Facilities.
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 KQED Life, PBS KIDS on KQED, and KQED World. Ongoing local television series include Check, Please! Bay Area, KQED NEWSROOM, Truly CA, Film School Shorts, and performances from San Francisco Opera. 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. Ongoing radio productions include Forum with Michael Krasny, The California Report, The DO LIST and Perspectives. KQED.org is one of the most popular public media websites where audiences can find originally produced online and mobile properties like Bay Area Bites, Taste This!, Bay Curious, The Leap, MindShift, and NewsFix, among others. KQED Learning produces original and participatory media for learners such as Art School, Do Now and The Lowdown and provides a professional media development platform for educators called KQED Teach.
Michael has more than 20 years of media experience, with a decade in senior management. Michael is also on the board of directors of, American Documentary, Inc. (which produces the PBS documentary series POV), Public Radio International, and Pacific Islanders in Communications. He 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.