Nina Thorsen

Nina Thorsen is a KQED radio producer and director, and frequently reports on sports, food, and culture.   She produced and co-created KQED's "Pacific Time", a weekly program on Asian and Asian American issues which aired from 2000 to 2007.   Before coming to KQED, Thorsen was the deputy foreign editor for "Marketplace".  In her home state of Minnesota, she worked for "A Prairie Home Companion" and for Public Radio International.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in speech-communication.   Thorsen received an award for sports reporting from the Radio-TV News Directors Association of Northern California in 2012 for a series of stories on the Oakland A's stadium.  

Huzzah! Santa Clara Hosts the Vintage Baseball World Series

It may only be the middle of August, but the World Series is coming to the Bay Area this weekend. The 2013 Legends of Baseball Vintage World Series, that is. It’s a trip back to 1886 when baseball was written as two words, umpires wore top hats, players wore woolen knickerbockers and the fans, or “cranks” … Continue reading Huzzah! Santa Clara Hosts the Vintage Baseball World Series →

Major League Baseball Asks Court to Toss San Jose’s Lawsuit Over Oakland A’s

There’s an acronym popular among baseball fans on social media, TOOTBLAN.  It stands for Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop — what happens when a runner misjudges the amount of time he has to scramble onto a base before the opposing team sees what he’s doing and tags him out. If Major League … Continue reading Major League Baseball Asks Court to Toss San Jose’s Lawsuit Over Oakland A’s →

Sacramento Kings Fans Rejoice At Word Their Team Will Stay

I first met Kevin Fippin in February, in the parking lot of Sleep Train Arena. He was making the rounds at a tailgate party before a Kings game. That was about three weeks after word had come that the Maloof family, the team’s majority owners, had made a deal to sell their share to a … Continue reading Sacramento Kings Fans Rejoice At Word Their Team Will Stay →

Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants Open Baseball Season

Baseball swings back to major league parks around the country on Monday, including the Bay Area. The Giants open on the road Monday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The A’s open at home in Oakland against the Seattle Mariners. In observance of the A’s home opener, the City of Oakland has declared April 1 … Continue reading Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants Open Baseball Season →

Are You Ready For Some #Honkbal? The World Baseball Classic Heads to San Francisco

San Francisco’s AT&T Park hosts the final three games of the World Baseball Classic beginning on Sunday, March 17. The WBC is Major League Baseball’s effort to promote America’s pastime as a sport around the world. Last September, 28 teams entered the qualifying rounds of the World Baseball Classic, and the final round will feature … Continue reading Are You Ready For Some #Honkbal? The World Baseball Classic Heads to San Francisco →

Sacramento Kings Fans Fight to Keep Team

Update 03-01-2013: Kevin Johnson did indeed produce the “whales” at the State of the City speech on Thursday night, and the bid was submitted to the NBA today.  In addition to a plan to buy the team and build a new arena in downtown Sacramento, the new ownership would revive the Monarchs WNBA franchise.  Some … Continue reading Sacramento Kings Fans Fight to Keep Team →

A’s Ballpark Watch 2013: Unnamed Sources Say Something Might Have Happened, Maybe

Back in the day, MAD magazine had a running joke about movie reviews. “This sorry excuse for a film is so awful,” a review would read, “if I had to watch it again and again I’d consider moving or even being so bold as to change my name, or some other creative way that the … Continue reading A’s Ballpark Watch 2013: Unnamed Sources Say Something Might Have Happened, Maybe →

Sacramento Not Giving Up on Kings Despite Seattle Deal

The Maloof family, the majority owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball team, have struck a deal to sell the team to a group that would move it to Seattle. But Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson says his city won’t give up so easily. The NBA must approve any deal. Johnson, who was a three-time All Star … Continue reading Sacramento Not Giving Up on Kings Despite Seattle Deal →