Polly began working in public radio while earning a graduate degree in history. She realized the work is remarkably like being a perpetual graduate student, so she stayed. Polly has worked for a variety of news and public affairs programs, including “Health Dialogues” for The California Report on KQED and Forum with Michael Krasny. Before that, she was a producer on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC Radio, and "These Days" on KPBS Radio. 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 and a Taste Award. She considers herself to be a citizen of the world, having grown up in Cairo before coming to America. Polly speaks Arabic and can say, "I’d like a martini, please" in Swahili.
The world’s largest e-commerce site began its third foray into the world of wine Thursday. Amazon.com says customers can now order online from a list of nearly a thousand wines from around the country. KQED News anchor Stephanie Martin spoke with reporter Cathy Bussewitz, who covers California’s wine country for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, … Continue reading Amazon’s New Online Wine Shop: Industry Friend or Foe? →
Ever waited for a very long time to grab a cab in San Francisco on Friday or Saturday night? Of course you have. Katrina Schwartz reported a story on KQED News Thursday about the rise of ride-sharing services in San Francisco that have emerged to fill the supply-demand gap. She reported: Several ride-sharing startups are … Continue reading Why is it So Hard To Get a Cab in San Francisco? →
Pelosi’s future tangled by election (SF Chronicle) Speculation about Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future is intensifying after House Democrats failed to net more than a single-digit gain in Tuesday’s election, despite gaining at least four seats, and possibly as many as six seats, in California. Pelosi’s office is tamping down the idea that she might … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Following Disappointing House Results, Whither Pelosi?; Calif. Gay Marriage Activists Look to Courts →