KQED Science is the largest multimedia science and environment journalism and education unit in Northern California. KQED Science explores science and environment news, trends and events from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond with its award-winning, multimedia reporting on television, radio and the Web. KQED Science also produces educator resources and actively engages in community outreach around science and environment issues.
KQED Science was formed in October of 2012 as a result of KQED’s commitment to increasing science news coverage and the consolidation of KQED’s two award-winning science and environment focused multimedia series, QUEST and Climate Watch.
KQED Science covers breaking science news on the radio, web and social media. It also produces a weekly radio feature; in-depth television reports; the award-winning YouTube video series Deep Look; the digital health blog, Future of You; resources for science teachers and other educators; and daily blog posts from prominent science experts.
KQED Science produces high-caliber educator resources, such as science e-books and iTunes U courses, and provides educator training on using and making multimedia science resources in the classroom.
KQED Science is also committed to increasing science literacy through fostering dialogue around science and environment issues. KQED Science organizes and participates in public science-related events and works closely with its community partners which include world-renowned science and environment institutions, and prominent formal and informal education partners to advance a richer understanding of science.
KQED Science follows strict editorial guidelines that have been adopted from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Public Radio (NPR) and uses these guidelines to maintain the integrity of its information and the essential noncommercial nature of its reporting. All of these efforts are directed toward fulfilling KQED’s mission to provide high-quality, noncommercial media that inform, educate and entertain.
KQED Science Staff
(in alphabetical order)
Senior Manager, Science Education
Andrea leads KQED’s science education work, and trains teachers on using and making media in STEM classrooms. She joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. She then developed the educational resources for the 4-hour documentary Saving the Bay and the multimedia series QUEST. 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.
Social Media Specialist
Jen joined KQED in 2015 to manage the social media strategy for the KQED Science team. Before KQED, she was a digital strategist for the American Cancer Society, most recently managing their search and social media programs. She received a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, with a focus on nonviolent social change and peace studies. In addition to science and nature, she’s passionate about her pitbull Darla, women’s health, nonprofits, digital communications, vegetarianism, and mindfulness. Her favorite band? Hot Chip.
Editor, Future of You
Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.
Digital Video Producer
Joshua is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science, and the Lead Producer and Cinematographer for Deep Look. After receiving his BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University, he went on to participate in marine mammal research for NOAA, USGS and the Intersea Foundation. He also served as the president of The Pacific Cetacean Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students K-6 about whales. Josh studied science and natural history filmmaking at San Francisco State University and Montana State University.
Communications and Engagement Manager, Science
Sevda has over 15 years of expertise in media and public relations. Sevda first joined KQED in 2002 organizing screening events for documentaries such as Hope on the Street, Coastal Clash and The New Americans. After taking some time off to raise her two young daughters, she returned to KQED in 2006 to work on publicity and community outreach for KQED’s multimedia science series QUEST. She is currently the communications and engagement manager for KQED’s science unit. Before moving to San Francisco, Sevda worked for a variety of organizations, including America Online, the American-Turkish Council and the World Bank. Sevda loves to travel and has lived abroad in several countries including Australia, Italy, Spain and Turkey. She enjoys documentary film and photography and is curious about all things art, nature and science related. Sevda holds a B.A. in communication from U.C. San Diego and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.
Education Media Producer
Lauren has a background in biology, education, and filmmaking. 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! Follow her on twitter @LFarrarAtWork
Teodros joined KQED in 2016 to design interactive and motion graphics for the KQED Science team. Before KQED, he was a multidisciplinary designer at industrial and entertainment studios in Los Angeles. He received a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design with a focus on 3D modeling and CAD. In addition to being an asteroid mining geek, he’s an avid backpacker and volunteer with pit bulls and large dogs at Oakland Animal Services.
Lindsey’s journalism career started in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she wrote about politics and the environment for The Argentina Independent. After receiving a graduate degree from Stanford University she lived on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a month to write about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the New York Times. All reporting costs were crowd-sourced through the Knight News Challenge-winning website Spot.us. Lindsey went on to write for The Boston Globe, Forbes and Scientific American. At KQED she manages the Science website, oversees @KQEDScience, writes web articles and produces radio stories.
Digital Media Producer
Elliott Kennerson joined KQED Science as a Digital Media Producer in 2015. Before joining KQED, he produced the Kickstarter-funded series “Animal R&R” for KPBS in San Diego. Elliott received his M.F.A. training in wildlife documentary at Montana State in Bozeman and holds a B.A. from Yale in archaeology. In his former life as an actor, he was an associate artist with LightBox Theater Company in New York. Elliott is the recipient of a 2017 Regional Emmy for his work as a producer on “Deep Look.”
Sue Ellen McCann
Executive in Charge, Science
Sue Ellen joined KQED Public Broadcasting in 1999 and is the Executive Producer for numerous documentaries and programs at KQED. She first became interested in science and the environment in her 7th grade biology class and on her first job as an after school lab assistant. Many of the programs she has worked on have been honored with a variety of awards, including Academy Award nomination, and local and national Emmys. 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 MA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Lesley is a radio reporter covering medicine, space and environment for KQED Science. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Latino USA, and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Previously, she covered food and sustainability for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. She began her media career at KCTS Television in Seattle. You can find her on Twitter at @lesleywmcclurg.
Education Media Producer
Derek Lartaud came to the Bay Area after nearly five years of researching schizophrenia and diabetes at Yale University. Determined to tell visual stories, he’s worked for the BBC, Al Jazeera America, TIME, PBS, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in journalism. When not holding a camera or editing a story, he’s trying to rebuild his 1969 Honda CL350.
Craig Miller is KQED’s Science Editor. A multi-faceted journalist at home on either end of the microphone, he brings three decades of diverse experience to KQED’s science coverage. Prior to his current assignment, Craig led the team that launched KQED’s award-winning Climate Watch project in 2008. From producing and directing documentaries on public television to his reporting for outlets such as CNN and National Geographic Channel, Craig’s background makes him uniquely suited to help lead KQED’s Science and Environment editorial team. As a radio correspondent for KQED’s The California Report, Craig has reported extensively on environmental and resource issues facing California and the American West.
Gabriela started her journalism career in 1993 as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has shared two regional Emmy Awards, and nine of her stories have been nominated for the award as well. Independent from her work on QUEST, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in vitro fertilization. The film is airing nationally on public television stations in 2015.
Production and Finance Operations Manager
Johanna Reis joined KQED Science in May 2016. Before moving to California, she lived in the UK & Germany and was Production Manager for Public Broadcasters such as the BBC and ARD (First German Television). Most recently, she managed several history programs and commemoration events for BBC Events & Entertainment including D-Day 70: The Heroes Return in France and World War One Remembered in Belgium. As a native of Berlin she likes exploring places with lots of history and holds an MA in Journalism and Linguistics.
Managing Editor, Science
In addition to his role at KQED, Paul also works as the Natural Resources & Environment Writer at the San Jose Mercury News. Since 1989 at the newspaper, he has covered issues including logging, ocean issues, air pollution, energy, water policy, endangered species, toxics, and global warming. Paul was part of the Mercury News team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and other newspapers. Paul also has taught environmental journalism at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and at the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. From 2001 to 2010, he served as chairman of the board of the Institutes of Journalism and Natural Resources, a non-profit group based in Montana that provides training to reporters to improve environmental journalism. He lives in Santa Cruz, with his wife, Leigh Poitinger.
Senior Digital Editor, Science
Craig is responsible for the integration of traditional and web-based media across all Science platforms, as well as ongoing production of web-only content features. He is also the Series Producer for KQED’s award-winning science web video series Deep Look on YouTube. Prior to joining KQED in October of 2006, he spent 11 years with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, where he worked to create innovative educational visitor experiences online and within the museum space. He was also responsible for the museum’s Information Services operations. He began his informal science interpretation career at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum as an Assistant Exhibit Developer and Greenhouse Program Coordinator. Craig has a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.
Senior Editor, Science
Kat works with a talented team of reporters to shape KQED’s award-winning radio and web journalism. Over two decades in public radio, Kat has worked as a news director, editor, reporter, newscaster and talk show host. She started at community station KMUN in Astoria, Oregon, and has freelanced for The Atlantic and Newsweek. Kat is also a public speaking coach at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She loves hiking, camping, and Soul Motion(TM), a conscious dance practice.
As part of the Science News team, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, hunted for newts in the rain, and desperately tried to get her sea legs – all in the pursuit of good radio. Originally from the Bay Area, Lauren attended Cornell University and has a background in environmental policy. Before joining KQED, Lauren cruised bunny slopes as a ski instructor in Tahoe, California and ate croissants in France as a travel writer for Frommer’s. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Adventure and Sierra magazine and on Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition.
Danielle Venton is an editor for KQED Science. Her stores have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Here & Now and The Takeaway.
Danielle joined KQED in 2015 as a fill-in host. She has worked at KRCB-FM in Sonoma County and at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Danielle is a graduate of the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. Her written work has appeared in WIRED, Nature, Popular Mechanics and High Country News. Danielle’s interests span everything under the skies, but also the skies themselves.
Find her on Twitter @danielleventon or write her at dventon@KQED.org.
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QUEST & KQED Science Staff Alumni
Jeanette Aguilar, Science and Environment Manager
Chris Bauer, Media Producer
Ifanyi Bell, Associate Media Producer
Jason Black, QUEST Executive Producer
Arwen Curry, Associate Producer, Television
Chrissy Farr, Editor and Host, Future of You
Mike Kahn, Hub Content Coordinator
Michael Goode, TV Associate Producer
Shirley Gutierrez, TV Editor
Joan Johnson, TV Associate Producer
Sarah Kass, TV Segment Producer
Andrea Kissack, Senior Editor, Science
Lindsay Kelliher, TV Associate Producer
Amy Miller, TV Series Producer
Jessica Neely, Project Manager, Science Education
Jenny Oh, Media Producer
Linda Peckham, TV Editor
David Pierce, Graphic Designer
Suzanne Romaine, Business Manager
Josh Rosen, TV Series Producer
Sheraz Sadiq, TV and Interactive Producer
Molly Samuel, Multimedia Producer
Laurie Schmidt, TV Series Editor
Sandy Schonning, Series Manager
Adam Sopko, Associate Director, Foundation Relations
Amy Standen, Radio Reporter