About Us


QUEST is your source for current, innovative, and diverse science and engineering stories.  We began as a multi-platform project that consisted of a television program, radio reports, online videos, articles and educational materials.  Over the years, we broadened our scope to include public media stations from across the country, but have returned to our Bay Area roots. Now, our team of science educators and producers collaborate to bring you engaging, relevant science resources for educators, students and lifelong learners.

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AS_square1_160x160.jpgAndrea Aust

Science Education Manager

Andrea joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures.[symple_toggle title=”more »”]Between working on Ocean Adventures and joining the QUEST team, she developed the educational resources for the 4-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Before arriving at KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area.[/symple_toggle]

Lauren Farrar

Interactive Media Producer, Science Education

Lauren has a background in biology, education, and filmmaking.[symple_toggle title=”more »”] She has had the privilege to work on a diverse array of educational endeavors. Lauren’s career has taken her to the deepest parts of the ocean to film deep sea hydrothermal vents for classroom webcasts, into the pool to film synchronized swimmers to teach about the pH scale, and on roller coasters to create a video about activation energy. And, she’s done it all for the sake of education. Lauren loves communicating science! [/symple_toggle]

bio_sue_ellen2Sue Ellen McCann

Executive in Charge, Science

Sue Ellen McCann specializes in multi-platform productions and has a long and successful history working on local and national media projects and informal science education initiatives. [symple_toggle title=”more »”]She is a Co-PI for the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), advisor to the Bay Area Science Festival, a core member of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) and the Vice Chair for the Whitman Institute. Prior to working at KQED, Sue Ellen operated Studio Miramar, an independent production company with her husband, and at the Center for Investigative Reporting were she worked on documentaries for PBS. She is a distinguished alumnus of Sonoma State University where she graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies and she received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

QUEST Alumni

      • Jason Black
        Executive Producer
      • Adrienne Calo
        Lead Coordinating Producer
      • Lisa Landers
        Managing Editor
      • Lucy B. Laffitte
        Education Manager
      • Lindsey Hoshaw
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Northern California
      • Anne Glausser
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Ohio
      • Gary Hochman
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Nebraska
      • David Huppert
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST North Carolina
      • Katie Jennings
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Northwest
      • Andy Soth
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Wisconsin
      • Mark Smukler
        WVIZ/ Ideastream Senior Director of Content
      • Shannon Vickery
        UNC-TV Director of Productions
      • David Feingold
        NET Television Assistant General Manager
      • Cathy Dobbins
        UNC-TV Director of Grants
      • Randy Brinson
        KCTS 9 Executive Director of Programming
      • Kathy Bissen
        WPT Director of Production
      • Jessica Neely
        Education Manager
      • Joshua Cassidy
        Multimedia Producer, Science & Environment
      • Sevda Eris,
        Media Publicist and Community Outreach Coordinator, Science & Environment
      • Andrea Kissack
        Senior Editor, Science & Environment
      • Craig Miller
        Editor, Science & Environment
      • Jenny Oh
        Interactive Producer, Science & Environment
      • Linda Peckham
        TV Series Editor
      • Gabriela Quirós
        TV Producer, KQED Science & Environment
      • Paul Rogers
        Managing Editor, Science & Environment
      • Craig Rosa
        Senior Interactive Producer, Science & Environment
      • Sheraz Sadiq
        TV and Interactive Producer, Science & Environment
      • Molly Samuel
        Multimedia Producer, Science & Environment
      • Lauren Sommer
        Radio Reporter, Science & Environment
      • Amy Standen
        Radio Reporter, Science & Environment
      • Amy Miller
        TV Series Producer
      • Chris Bauer
        Media Producer
      • Adam Sopko
        Associate Director, Foundation Relations
      • Mike Kahn
        Hub Content Coordinator
      • Michael Goode
        TV Associate Producer
      • Ifanyi Bell
        Associate Media Producer
      • Joan Johnson
        TV Associate Producer
      • Sarah Kass
        TV Segment Producer
      • Lindsay Kelliher
        TV Associate Producer
      • Suzanne Romaine
        Business Manager
      • Josh Rosen
        TV Series Producer
      • Laurie Schmidt
        TV Series Editor
      • Sandy Schonning
        Series Manager

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