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911 Articles

Michael Fox

Michael Fox has written about film for a variety of publications since 1987. He is the curator and host of the long-running Friday night CinemaLit film series at the Mechanics' Institute,  an instructor in the OLLI programs at U.C. Berkeley and S.F. State, and a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

136 Articles

Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.

168 Articles

Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is also a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including YBCA, Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

171 Articles

Sam Hurwitt

Sam Hurwitt is editor-in-chief of Theatre Bay Area magazine and theater critic for the Marin Independent Journal in addition to keeping up his own theater and culture blog, The Idiolect.  You can find him on Twitter cleverly camouflaged as shurwitt.

66 Articles

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor founded KQED Arts in 2005 and served as Senior Interactive Producer for Arts and Culture through 2014. Taylor was the online arts editor of KQED's daily arts blog for nine years and created the station's first web-original podcasts, Gallery Crawl and The Writers' Block. Taylor is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist whose work has been collected by the Library of Congress, Stanford University and the New York Museum of Modern Art, among many others. He teaches Media Studies at the University of San Francisco and is exploring the connection between film and food.  Visit Mark Taylor's website at emptypictures.net.

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Sarah Hotchkiss

Sarah Hotchkiss is KQED Arts' Visual Arts Editor. She is an artist and co-director of the curatorial project Stairwell's. Follow her at @sahotchkiss.

101 Articles

Gabe Meline

Gabe Meline is KQED Arts' Music Editor & Curator. He lives with his wife, his daughter, a 1964 Volvo and too many records in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA. Find him on Twitter at @gmeline.

101 Articles

Christian L. Frock

Christian L. Frock is an independent writer, curator and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on the intersection of art and public space. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise founded and directed by Frock since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. Frock's writing has been featured in art ltd, Art Practical, Art&Education, Daily Serving, FillipSan Francisco Arts MonthlySFMOMA Open Space, and NPR.org, among other publications.

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Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel has written widely about music, film, books, art, photography and other cultural subjects for such publications as  SF Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, the Christian Science Monitor, The Wire (a London music magazine), Tablet and GlobalPost.  He has researched architecture at England's Oxford University as a Thomson Reuters Foundation Research Fellow, taught music journalism at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and been a juror at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers arts and politics for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves good theater, roots music, Berlioz, Mahler and serving the people. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley's School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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Ben Van Houten

A San Francisco native, Ben Van Houten co-founded TheBayBridged.com in January 2006 and has served as the site's Content Editor since its inception. In this capacity, he co-hosts and co-produces the site's acclaimed weekly podcast, oversees and contributes to its daily blog, and helps book the Bay Bridged Presents series of concerts. In just two years, sources as varied as the SF Weekly, KALW and the San Francisco Chronicle have recognized the site as the leading source for news and interviews with San Francisco's best undiscovered and up-and-coming musicians.Ben has had a longtime love for noncommercial radio and independent music journalism. While a student at UC Berkeley, he was a news anchor and writer for KALX's morning news; while at Columbia Law School, he created, hosted and produced a weekly music and talk show on WBAR. Until recently, Ben was a securities litigator in the San Francisco office of a prominent international law firm, a practice he left to pursue other legal and artistic interests.

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Kevin L. Jones

Kevin Jones is an interactive producer for KQED Arts. A graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Kevin reported on news in the Bay Area at KTVU.com for six years before pursuing his dream of covering the local creative arts scene. In his spare time, he is an unabashed record geek who plays/records music whenever possible i.e., when he's not spending time with his wonderful wife and daughter.

43 Articles

Adrienne Blaine

Adrienne Blaine is a Millennial writer from the South Bay. She has a BA in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies combined with Communications and Media Studies from Franklin University Switzerland. She currently works as a writing and reading instructor and academic interventionist.

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The Do List

The Do List scours the Bay Area for superb and surprising performing arts events, with an eye for local talent, new discoveries, and fun opportunities across the price spectrum. Every Friday morning at 6:23 and 8:23am on KQED Radio, you can hear Do List regulars Cy Musiker and David Wiegand discuss the upcoming week's best picks.

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Andrew Gilbert

A Los Angeles native based in Berkeley area since 1996, Andrew Gilbert covers jazz, roots and international music for KQED's California Report, the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside.com, and other publications. He is available for weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs. #jazzscribe

27 Articles

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras lives in San Francisco with her books. She is working on a non-fiction book about her grandfather, a medicine man who could move clouds. Find more at www.ingridrojascontreras.com.

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Marie K. Lee

Marie K. Lee is a product manager at KQED. Lee produces sites for The Making Of..., Sound Tracks, Film School Shorts, Truly CA, ImageMakers, and Spark. For her work on the Spark site, she garnered a 2003 Northern California Area EMMY Award for Interactivity. Together with Mark Taylor, Lee created the video podcast Gallery Crawl, which she co-produced from 2005-07. She was also on the reading panel of the audio podcast The Writers' Block.

She earned a B.A. in visual arts at Bowdoin College. Being a farm gal from Maine, she's obsessed with crafting and will not give-up wearing her threadbare flannel shirts. Her other passions include eating, sleeping, dancing, traveling, watching films, playing Scrabble, and checking out art galleries.

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The Bay Bridged

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

27 Articles

Leilani Clark

Leilani Clark is a freelance journalist who lives in the North Bay. Her writing has been published online at Mother Jones, Civil Eats, Time Magazine, and The Rumpus. She's a former staff writer at The North Bay Bohemian. Find her on Twitter @leilclark.

25 Articles

Noise Pop

The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series that showcases the most noteworthy and soon-to-be-buzzing music. Hosts, Olivia LaRoche and Dawson Ludwig provide witty and interesting context behind the songs played on the podcast.

23 Articles

Matthew Harrison Tedford

Matthew  Harrison Tedford is a writer whose work focuses on contemporary art, film, and California history. His writing has appeared in Art Practical, Daily Serving, Glance (California College of the Arts), the Huffington Post, Oakland Standard (Oakland Museum of California), Open Space (SFMOMA), Poor Taste Magazine, and Wilder Quarterly.

21 Articles

Roula Seikaly

Roula Seikaly is a curator and writer based in San Francisco.

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KQED News Staff

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Rick Kleffel

Rick Kleffel has been reading for more than half a century. He lives in Aptos, near the Palo Alto, a cement boat built at the end of World War I. He writes about books and podcasts interviews with authors at The Agony Column.

18 Articles

Jeffrey Edalatpour

Jeffrey Edalatpour graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Creative Writing. If pressed to admit it, his favorite Iris Murdoch novel is A Severed Head, although An Unofficial Rose remains a close second. He currently resides in the Bay Area.

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KQED Pop

KQED Pop is a daily blog edited by Emmanuel Hapsis that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and all the other collective experiences that make us laugh, cringe and cry. We focus on local, national and international experiences with a Bay Area lens. We don’t do reviews.

17 Articles

Dani Burlison

Dani Burlison is an award-winning writer, teacher and North Bay resident with a special interest in California's fascinating subcultures. You can find her commentary on writing, feminism, social justice and life with two teen daughters on Twitter at @DaniBurlison.

15 Articles

Michele Carlson

Michele Carlson is a practicing artist, writer, educator, and curator in the SF Bay Area who spends most of her time thinking and writing about art, television and digital culture. She is also the Managing Editor at Hyphen and is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts.

7 Articles

Adizah Eghan

Adizah Eghan is a reporter at KQED news and a writer for KQED Arts who likes to dance, eat, sing, chat, and meditate with people around the world. She caught the radio bug as an intern for PRI's The World and landed in KQED's newsroom after a stint teaching English in India. She covers culture, the arts, and global music in the Bay Area. This is where she tweets: @Adizah_E

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Villalobos

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T.J. Mimbs

T.J. Mimbs is a freelance writer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer based in San Francisco by way of Athens, GA. T.J. fronts Bay Area band, Surf Bored, works with other local bands as an audio engineer and has an addiction to live music. He is a disciple of the open-minded yet still a Southerner at heart.

10 Articles

Cynthia Stone

Cynthia Stone is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer dedicated to telling the stories of people and programs making a difference. Her television and radio documentary and feature work has focused on a variety of issues including education, the environment, trafficking, transformative programs that help children at risk, science and the arts. In addition to here at KQED, her work has appeared on Discovery, PBS, CNBC, Public Radio International/BBC among others.

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Aldo Mora-Blanco

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Cherri Lakey

Co-owner/curator of urban contemporary art and culture gallery ANNO DOMINI // the second coming of Art & Design and producer of a bunch of other cool projects with partner Brian Eder. 

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Mirabelle Korn

Mirabelle Korn is an Oakland native who recently moved back to the Bay Area after completing her M.A. in contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Previously, she earned a B.A. in French and German from Scripps College, taught theater to children at California Shakespeare Theater, and edited videos for Reporters Without Borders in Paris, France. Her writing has been featured in In Dance and on Parutions.com.

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Kelly Whalen

Kelly Whalen is a multimedia producer for KQED Arts.

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Rachel Howard

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Max Savage Levenson

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Carolyn Petit

Carolyn was an editor for GameSpot.com for four years. She is now a freelancer covering video games. She lives in Berkeley.

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Jeanne Carstensen

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Brandon Roos

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Steve Hochman

Steve Hochman has covered popular, and unpopular, music for more than 30 years, most of that time as a key member of the Los Angeles Times' music team. In that capacity he wrote about the full range of music and musicians, from Hungarian folk to industrial noise, and from 1991 through 2005 wrote the Times' widely read weekly "Pop Eye" column. In addition to his role with The California Report, he's a music critic for Pasadena station KPCC's morning magazine Take Two and a regular contributor to Grammy.com, Fender.com and other outlets. His byline has appeared through the years in an array of major publications, including Rolling Stone, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly and New Orleans' Offbeat.

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Jeremy Carter

Jeremy Carter is an actor in Los Angeles and co-creator of the Superego Podcast. He has performed improv for over twenty years and is trying to enjoy life, but like anyone, is usually deeply engaged in recovering from his previous series of terrible life choices.

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Brian Eder

Brian Eder lives and works in the industrious city of San Jose, CA. He's best known for his role as the co-curator of ANNO DOMINI Gallery that he and his partner, Cherri Lakey, founded in 2000. He's also the co-producer of San Jose's SubZERO Festival, an annual gathering of the progenitors of culture promoting subculture and indie music since 2008. He joins KQED Arts as one of their newest Contributors beginning in the Fall of 2014.  

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Charles Innis

Charles Innis is a freelance journalist and artist currently based in San Francisco.

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Shelby Pope

Shelby Pope is a freelance writer in Oakland who's written for The Toast, East Bay Express and Bay Area Bites. You can find her on Twitter @shelbylpope

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Emma Silvers

Emma Silvers is an interactive producer for KQED Arts, and curates The Do List online. An East Bay native, she has previously served as music editor at SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and fact-checked for Mother Jones. Follow her around the internet at @emmaruthless, if you wish.

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Lakshmi Sarah

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Anthony Bedard

A long-time denizen of the San Francisco rock underground, Anthony Bedard is the live music booker for the Hemlock Tavern, drummer for the Icky Boyfriends, and guitarist for Hank IV. He produces the monthly Club Chuckles comedy show. He's a frequent storyteller at SF's monthly Porchlight series. His writing has appeared on The Bay Bridged, Low Times, and in Your Flesh Magazine.

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Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia is a San Francisco based writer. You can follow her on Twitter @ohhkasia.

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Rob Avila

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Siouxsie Oki

Siouxsie is an activist and artist, dedicated to building community by celebrating the diverse voices and perspectives of the Bay Area. She directs KQED’s community engagement efforts, developing dynamic partnerships throughout our coverage area utilizing local and national content to foster two-way engagement and collaboration between different industries, organizations and audience segments.

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Abhi Singh

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Mike Krumboltz

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Suzie Racho

Suzie Racho produces and directs The California Report and The Do List.  She's a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, a graduate of San Francisco State University and got the radio bug as deejay at KSJS in San Jose. She spends her free time baking, listening to records, rooting for the Giants and learning to play the drums.

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Mark Fiore

fiore_logo_small_STILL72 MarkFiore.com | Follow on Twitter | Facebookemail Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured regularly on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site, SFGate.com.  His work has appeared on Newsweek.com, Slate.com, CBSNews.com, MotherJones.com, DailyKos.com and NPR’s web site.  Fiore’s political animation has appeared on CNN, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, Salon.com and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe. Beginning his professional life by drawing traditional political cartoons for newspapers, Fiore’s work appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times.  In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with animating political cartoons and, after a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist, Fiore devoted all his energies to animation.

Growing up in California, Fiore also spent a good portion of his life in the backwoods of Idaho.  It was this combination that shaped him politically.  Mark majored in political science at Colorado College, where, in a perfect send-off for a cartoonist, he received his diploma in 1991 as commencement speaker Dick Cheney smiled approvingly.

Mark Fiore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 2010, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and has twice received an Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002, 2008).  Fiore has received two awards for his work in new media from the National Cartoonists Society (2001, 2002), and in 2006 received The James Madison Freedom of Information Award from The Society of Professional Journalists.   

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Adam Grossberg

Adam Grossberg is a web video producer at KQED News. Reach him @adamgrossberg or agrossberg@kqed.org.

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Brynn Myers

Brynn Myers is a ballet fan who worked with New York City Ballet for a decade and currently serves as Director, Foundation and Government Support at KQED.

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Ben Valentine

Ben Valentine is an independent writer who studies how tech, creativity and politics intersect. Ben works with The Civic Beat and has written or spoken for SXSW, Salon, Hyperallergic, YBCA, and VICE to name a few. Ben also helped organize the World's First Tumblr Symposium with Hyperallergic, is an Internet Archive’s Tumblr resident, and was formerly a Tumblr Fellow for the 2014 Personal Democracy Forum.

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Joe Matazzoni

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Joel Wanek

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Lisa Pickoff-White

Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED's Senior News Interactive Producer. Lisa specializes in simplifying complex topics and bringing them to life through compelling visuals, including photography and data visualizations. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive. @pickoffwhite

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jherring

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Harold Check

Harold lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood. Having specialized in a myriad of formerly cutting-edge media pursuits, Mr. Check now spends his time dreaming of future projects to eventually abandon. You can follow him at @haroldcheck, but we wouldn't really advise it.

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