Vinnee Tong

Vinnee Tong is a producer and reporter at KQED. She's the producer of Truth Be Told, the KQED special series on race and identity that is distributed nationally by Public Radio International. Vinnee has also worked as an on-call producer for KQED’s live public affairs program Forum. Prior to joining KQED in 2011, she was a reporter covering business news at the Associated Press at the start of the Great Recession. Vinnee has won several awards for her reporting work, including an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of fracking in California, as well as awards from the New York Press Club and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

The Return of Occupy SF: Big Day of Protests Planned For Friday

Occupy San Francisco, which was unceremoniously booted from its base at Justin Herman Plaza in December, is planning a day of protests in the Financial District on Friday. On Wednesday, 10 speakers divulged protest plans at a press conference in front of the Bank of America at California and Kearny streets in San Francisco. They … Continue reading The Return of Occupy SF: Big Day of Protests Planned For Friday →

Retiring Sheriff Hennessey Watches Infamous County Jail No. 3 Get the Wrecking Ball

San Francisco’s popular outgoing sheriff Michael Hennessey threw himself a retirement party at the county jail today, complete with a bottle of bubbly apple cider and a wrecking ball. Infamous San Francisco County Jail No. 3 has long been a target of Hennessey’s reform efforts. In 1997, a federal judge declared conditions at the lockup … Continue reading Retiring Sheriff Hennessey Watches Infamous County Jail No. 3 Get the Wrecking Ball →

San Francisco Christmas Trees Get the Wood-Chipper Treatment; Video

Think Fargo, but without all the blood. San Francisco officials brought a little piece of North Dakota to City Hall plaza on Tuesday for its Christmas “treecycling” event. Enter the wood-chipping machine. To demonstrate what will happen to trees gathered from curbs starting Jan. 2, officials shaved about a dozen of them into wood bits, … Continue reading San Francisco Christmas Trees Get the Wood-Chipper Treatment; Video →

CalPIRG Releases Annual List of “Toxic Toys”

Parents fond of the phrase “don’t put that in your mouth” may read the latest report from the California Public Interest Research Group as avidly as a suspenseful page-turner. CalPIRG released its annual list of toxic toys on Tuesday. It found some potentially dangerous stuff on shelves ahead of the holiday buying spree. The list … Continue reading CalPIRG Releases Annual List of “Toxic Toys” →