President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael Isip became KQED’s 10th President on April 10, 2019.
Michael has almost a quarter century of media experience and has played a critical role in KQED’s growth and transformation into a 21st century multimedia organization. Isip joined KQED in 2001 as an Executive Producer in Television and has since served in a number of senior-level roles, including Senior Vice President & Chief Content Officer as well as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.
Isip has led and executed many of the strategic initiatives that have enabled KQED to become one of the largest and most successful public media institutions in the country. Michael shepherded the growth in KQED’s multimedia production and distribution. Additionally, he has focused business operations on engaging audiences across multiple platforms. One of Michael’s most impactful contributions to KQED was reorganizing the content division away from distribution platforms (TV, radio, online) to a structure of multimedia teams in news, arts, science and education. This restructure facilitated greater collaboration across KQED and increased digital content and services. This transformation also brought upgrades to the station’s technological infrastructure, plus new workflows and investment in staff. KQED’s total audience and membership are at all-time highs.
Prior to coming to KQED, Isip led local production as an executive producer at KVIE Public Television in Sacramento. He started his career at WLS-TV in Chicago. Michael is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and is on the board of directors for Public Radio International and Public Radio Exchange (PRI/PRX), American Documentary Inc., producer of the PBS documentary series POV, and is a former director of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC). Michael has a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from DePaul College of Law.