KQED News Staff

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Jon Brooks

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. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. 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.

1440 Articles

Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Email Dan at:


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KQED News Staff and Wires

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David Marks

David Marks is an interactive producer for KQED News and The California Report. He began as full-time interactive producer in 2015, after working as KQED’s audio archivist and promotions manager for Radio. Prior to that, David was an announcer and DJ at NPR member station KRCC in Colorado Springs. Reach him at

859 Articles

Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts, culture and technology in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She regularly files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious, and guest hosts KQED’s Forum.

Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.

She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
Follow @rachaelmyrow

425 Articles

Alex Emslie

Alex Emslie is a criminal justice reporter at KQED. He covers policing policy, crime and the courts.

He left Colorado and a career as a carpenter in 2008 to study journalism at City College of San Francisco. He then graduated from San Francisco State University’s journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Alex freelanced for various news outlets including the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Bay Guardian.

Alex is proud of his work at KQED on a spike in fatal officer-involved shootings in Vallejo, which uncovered that a single officer shot and killed three suspects over the course of five months. Alex’s work with a team at KQED on police encounters with people in psychiatric crisis was cited in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He received the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Best Scoop award in 2015 for exposing a series of bigoted text messages swapped by San Francisco police officers. He was honored with 2010 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for breaking news reporting on the trial following the shooting of Oscar Grant. Email: Twitter: @SFNewsReporter.

328 Articles

Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer migrated to KQED in 1998 after extended stints in politics and government to host The California  Report. Now he covers those things and more as senior editor for KQED’s Politics and Government Desk. When he’s not asking questions you’ll often find him in a pool playing water polo. Find him on Twitter @scottshafer

295 Articles

Ted Goldberg

Ted Goldberg is the morning editor for KQED News. His beat areas include San Francisco politics, the city’s fire department and the Bay Area’s refineries.

Prior to joining KQED in 2014, Ted worked at CBS News and WCBS AM in New York and Bay City News and KCBS Radio in San Francisco. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1998.

You can follow him at @TedrickG and reach him on email at

277 Articles

Lisa Pickoff-White

Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED’s data reporter. Lisa specializes in simplifying complex topics and bringing them to life through compelling visuals, including photography and data visualizations. She previously has worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting and other national outlets. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive.  Follow: @pickoffwhite Email:

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Mark Fiore | Follow on Twitter | Facebookemail

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured regularly on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site,  His work has appeared on,,,, and NPR’s web site.  Fiore’s political animation has appeared on CNN, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

Beginning his professional life by drawing traditional political cartoons for newspapers, Fiore’s work appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times.  In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with animating political cartoons and, after a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist, Fiore devoted all his energies to animation.
Growing up in California, Fiore also spent a good portion of his life in the backwoods of Idaho.  It was this combination that shaped him politically.  Mark majored in political science at Colorado College, where, in a perfect send-off for a cartoonist, he received his diploma in 1991 as commencement speaker Dick Cheney smiled approvingly.
Mark Fiore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 2010, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and has twice received an Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002, 2008).  Fiore has received two awards for his work in new media from the National Cartoonists Society (2001, 2002), and in 2006 received The James Madison Freedom of Information Award from The Society of Professional Journalists.

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Marisa Lagos

Marisa Lagos reports on state politics for KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk, which uses radio, television and online mediums to explore the latest news in California’s Capitol and dig deeper into political influence in the Golden State. Marisa also appears on a weekly podcast analyzing the week’s political news.

Before joining KQED, Marisa worked  at the San Francisco Examiner and Los Angeles Times, and, most recently, for nine years at the San Francisco Chronicle where she covered San Francisco City Hall and state politics, focusing on the California legislature, governor, budget and criminal justice. In 2011, she won a special award for extensive and excellent work in covering California justice issues from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and also helped lead the Chronicle’s award-winning breaking news coverage of the 2010 San Bruno Pacific Gas & Electric explosion. She has also been awarded a number of fellowships from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.

Marisa has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She and lives in San Francisco with her two sons and husband. Email: Twitter @mlagos Facebook

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She’s worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She’s a staff writer for KQED’s education blog MindShift.

158 Articles

Katie Orr

Katie Orr is a Sacramento-based reporter for KQED’s Politics and Government  Desk, covering the state Capitol and a variety of issues including women in politics, voting and elections and legislation. Prior to joining KQED in 2016, Katie was state government reporter for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. She’s also worked for KPBS in San Diego, where she covered City Hall.

Katie received her masters degree in political science from San Diego State University and holds a Bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University.

In 2015 Katie won a national Clarion Award for a series of stories she did on women in California politics. She’s been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists and, in 2013, was named by The Washington Post as one of the country’s top state Capitol reporters.   She’s also reported for the award-winning documentary series The View from Here and was part of the team that won  national PRNDI and  Gabriel Awards in 2015. She lives in Sacramento with her husband. Twitter: @1KatieOrr

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Miranda Leitsinger

Miranda Leitsinger has worked in journalism as a reporter and editor since 2000, including seven years at The Associated Press in locales such as Cambodia and Puerto Rico, four years at NBC News Digital in New York and 2.5 years at International in Hong Kong. Major stories she has covered included the aftermath of the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the initial military hearings at Guantanamo, the Aurora movie theater attack, the Newtown school shooting, Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing. Reach her at or

138 Articles

April Dembosky

April Dembosky is the health reporter for The California Report and KQED News. She covers health policy and public health, and has reported extensively on the economics of health care, the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act in California, mental health and end-of-life issues.

Her work is regularly rebroadcast on NPR and has been recognized with awards from the Society for Professional Journalists (for sports reporting), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (for a story about pediatric hospice). Her hour-long radio documentary about home funerals won the Best New Artist award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2009.

April occasionally moonlights on the arts beat, covering music and dance. Her story about the first symphony orchestra at Burning Man won the award for Best Use of Sound from the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Before joining KQED in 2013, April covered technology and Silicon Valley for The Financial Times, and freelanced for Marketplace and The New York Times. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Smith College.

118 Articles

Bianca Hernandez

Bianca Hernandez is an Interactive Producer at KQED. She has produced at KGPE, KSEE24 and Sierra Magazine. In 2011 she received an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Anthropology from CSU, Chico . She earned a Master’s from the University of Southern California in 2013, where she completed a documentary on teenage farmworkers. She is an avid Jane Austen fan and takes lightsaber combat class for fun. You can reach her at or @bookhoarding on Twitter.

111 Articles

Guy Marzorati

Guy Marzorati is a reporter and producer for KQED News, the California Report and KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk. Guy joined KQED in 2013. He grew up in New York and graduated from Santa Clara University. Email:

118 Articles

Lauren Sommer

Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs – all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, Science Friday and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.

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Sasha Khokha

Sasha Khokha is the host of The California Report  weekly magazine program, which takes listeners on sound-rich radio excursions around the Golden State.

As The California Report’s Central Valley Bureau Chief for nearly a dozen years, Sasha brought the lives and concerns of rural Californians to listeners around the state. Sasha’s reporting helped exposed the hidden price immigrant women janitors and farmworkers may pay to keep their jobs: sexual assault at work — and helped change California law with regard to sexual harassment of farmworkers.  She’s won a national PRNDI award for investigative reporting, as well as multiple prizes from the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

She began her radio career in waterproof overalls, filing stories about the salmon fishery at Raven Radio in Sitka, AK. She has produced and reported for several documentary films. Calcutta Calling, about children adopted from India to Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota, was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Sasha is  a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Brown University, and is the mother of two young children.

111 Articles

Olivia Allen-Price

Olivia Allen-Price is producer and host of the Bay Curious series. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Olivia worked at The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She holds degrees in journalism and political science from Elon University. She loves to talk about running, ice cream and curly hair.

Follow: @oallenprice

115 Articles

Ryan Levi

Ryan Levi is a reporter and producer at KQED News and the host of the weekly Q’ed Up podcast. Ryan started at KQED as an intern where he reported on-air and online for The California Report, The California Report Magazine and KQED’s daily newscasts. Prior to joining KQED in 2016, Ryan was a general assignment reporter and producer at KBIA-FM, the NPR member station in Columbia, Missouri. Ryan reported on Columbia’s renewed fight against homelessness as well as coordinating the station’s coverage of the annual True/False Film Fest, one of the top documentary film festivals in the country. Ryan has also written about film, food, books, religion, theater and other topics for various publications. You can find Ryan on Twitter @ryan_levi.

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Craig Miller

Craig is KQED’s science editor, specializing in weather, climate, water & energy issues, with a little seismology thrown in just to shake things up. Prior to his current position, he launched and led the station’s award-winning multimedia project, Climate Watch. Craig is also an accomplished writer/producer of television documentaries, with a focus on natural resource issues.

103 Articles

Steven Cuevas

Steven is the California Report’s Los Angeles bureau chief.

He reports on an array of issues across the Southland, from immigration and regional politics to religion, the performing arts and pop culture.

Prior to joining KQED in 2012, Steven covered Inland southern California for KPCC in Pasadena. He also helped establish the first newsroom at KUT in Austin, Texas where he was a general assignment reporter.

Steven has received numerous awards for his reporting including an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting in addition to awards from the LA Press Club, the Associated Press and the Society for Professional Journalists.

Steven grew up in and around San Francisco and now lives in Pasadena just a short jog from the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama is a reporter covering the East Bay for KQED News. Previously, he was the education reporter for WFPL in Louisville and worked as a producer with radio stations in Chicago and Portland, OR. His work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Takeaway and Here and Now.

Devin earned his MA in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, where he was a Follett Fellow and the recipient of the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship for his story on Chicago’s homeless youth. He won WBUR’s 2014 Daniel Schorr award and a regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary “At Risk” that looked at issues facing some of Louisville’s students. Devin has also received numerous local awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Email: Twitter: @RadioDevin Website:

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Sam Harnett

Sam Harnett is a reporter who covers tech and work at KQED. For the last five years he has been reporting on how technology and capitalism are changing the way we think about ourselves and what it means to work. He is the co-creator of The World According to Sound, a 90-second podcast that features different sounds and the stories behind them.

Before coming to KQED, Sam worked as an independent reporter who contributed regularly to The California Report, Marketplace, The World and NPR. In 2013, he launched a podcast called Driving With Strangers. In 2014, he was selected by the International Center for Journalists for a reporting fellowship in Japan, where he covered the legacy of the Fukushima disaster.

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Farida Jhabvala Romero

Farida Jhabvala Romero reports on immigration, economic opportunity, and race and ethnicity for KQED News. Before joining KQED, Farida worked at Radio Bilingüe, a national public radio network. Her investigation on car impounds in Menlo Park was a finalist for the 2015 Investigative Reporters & Editors awards. Farida earned her master’s degree in journalism from Stanford. You can reach her by email at or follow her on twitter @faridajhabvala.

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Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

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Sarah Craig

Sarah Craig is a freelance radio reporter and documentary photographer. She is currently working on Dreams of Dust, @dreamsofdust, a multimedia project that documents stories of climate migration in California’s Central Valley, previously funded by the California Humanities. Her completed projects include Faces of Fracking, an investigation into the impact of fracking on the people and places of California, and The Gulf Disaster, stories on the lives of fishermen in the aftermath of the BP spill. Her work has been published by Marketplace, KQED’s Bay Curious and Q’ed Up podcasts, KQED’s California Report Magazine, KALW’s Crosscurrents,, High Country News, Earth Island Journal, and others. Sarah received a B.A. in Geography at Vassar College and attended the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, ME. She recently received an Excellence in Journalism Award from the NorCal Society of Professional Journalists  for her documentary radio piece, “Will the Water Come.” Email: Twitter: @sarahcraigmedia Website:

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Amanda Stupi

Amanda Stupi is Forum’s engagement producer.

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Nina Thorsen

Nina Thorsen is a KQED radio producer and director, and frequently reports on sports, food and culture.  

She co-created and produced KQED’s Pacific Time,  a weekly radio program on Asian and Asian American issues that aired from 2000 to 2007. Before coming to KQED, Thorsen was the deputy foreign editor for Marketplace.  In her home state of Minnesota, she worked for A Prairie Home Companion and for Public Radio International.  

Nina was honored by the Radio-TV News Directors Association of Northern California in 2012 for a series of stories on the Oakland A’s stadium.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in speech-communication. 

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Kelly O'Mara

Kelly O’Mara is a writer and reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes about food, health, sports, travel, business and California news. Her work has appeared on KQED, online for Outside Magazine, epsnW, VICE and in Competitor Magazine, among others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @kellydomara.

68 Articles

Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

68 Articles

Alice Daniel

Alice Daniel loves the listening aspect of reporting because she gets to briefly walk in other people’s shoes. She has rappelled down into caves and gone up in helicopters for KQED’s The California Report but her favorite place to pursue a story is the High Sierra or any family-run bakery, of course. Alice has a masters in journalism from Columbia University and teaches at Fresno State.  She is a California Healthline Regional Correspondent and a frequent contributor to Success magazine. In her free time, she skis and hikes, throws pottery, practices piano and looks out the window.

59 Articles

Jessica Placzek

Jessica Placzek grew up on the West Coast, went to college on the East Coast and figured out what she wanted on the Gulf Coast. She likes talking to people and learning, so she became a reporter. This is where she tweets: @jessicazyp

59 Articles

Adam Grossberg

Adam Grossberg is a video producer at KQED News. Prior to coming to KQED, he produced videos for PBS, The New York Times, Current TV and The Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has received an Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Murrow award and two Northern California Emmy awards. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Email:

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Patricia Yollin

Pat Yollin has written about lots of stuff, including organ transplants, wayward penguins at the San Francisco Zoo, the comeback of the cream puff, New York on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, a Slow Food gathering in Italy, and the microcredit movement in Northern California. Among her favorite stories: an interview with George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch that broke the story about his plan to build a cultural museum, and a pirate Trader Joe’s operation in Vancouver that prompted the grocery chain to sue — and lose. She joined KQED in 2013 and was previously a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and the Hayward Daily Review.

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Victoria Mauleon

Victoria Mauleón is The California Report’s senior editor, overseeing the production and editorial direction of the weekly, statewide news magazine program. She is the show’s primary content editor, working with KQED reporters, member station reporters and freelancers.

Victoria has  taught advanced radio and podcasting at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before her work in radio, Victoria worked as a television producer, and her work aired on PBS, MSNBC, HBO, VH1, and AMC. Her work has earned her a Northern California Emmy Award, a John Swett Award, an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, two San Francisco Peninsula Press Club awards and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.

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Lindsey Hoshaw

Lindsey Hoshaw is an interactive producer for KQED Science. Before joining KQED, Lindsey was a science correspondent for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Scientific American. On Twitter @lindseyhoshaw

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Sukey Lewis

Sukey Lewis is a journalist and radio producer with KQED News reporting on criminal justice. In addition to her work at KQED, Sukey has freelanced for Latino U.S.A., Snap Judgment and the Center For Investigative Reporting’s radio show Reveal.

Sukey received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

You can email Sukey at or find her on Twitter at @SukeyLewis.

55 Articles

Kevin L. Jones

Kevin Jones reports on the Bay Area arts scene for KQED. He loves his wife and two kids, and music today makes him feel old.

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Julie Small

Julie Small reports on criminal justice and immigration for KQED News. Before joining KQED, she covered California government and politics for KPCC (Southern California Public Radio).  Julie began her 15-year career in journalism as the deputy foreign editor for public radio’s Marketplace. Julie’s 2010 series on lapses in California’s prison medical care won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and a Golden Mic Award from the RTNDA of Southern California. Julie earned a master’s degree in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. She grew up in Los Angeles and now calls the East Bay home.  Contact:

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Queena Sook Kim

Queena Sook Kim is the Senior Editor of the Silicon Valley Desk. In this role, she covers the intersection of technology and life in the Bay Area. 

Before taking this post, Queena was the host of The California Report. The daily morning show airs on KQED in San Francisco, one of the nation’s largest NPR affiliates, and on 30 stations across the state. In that role, she produces and reports on news, politics and life in the Golden State. Queena likes to take sideways look at the larger trends changing the state. One of her favorite stories asked why Latino journalists “over’pronounce” their Spanish surnames as a way of looking at how immigration is creating a culture shift in California.

Before joining The California Report, Queena was a Senior Reporter covering technology for Marketplace, the daily business show that airs on public radio. Queena covered daily tech business stories and reported on larger technology trends. She did a series of stories looking at role of social engineering in hacking and on a start-up in Silicon Valley that’s trying to use technology, instead of animals, to make meat that bleeds.

Queena started her career as a business journalist at the Wall Street Journal, where she spent four years covering the paper, home building and toy industries. She wrote A1 stories about the unusually aggressive tactics KB Home took against its home buyers. and the resurgence of “Cracker” architecture in Florida. She also wrote section front stories on marketing trends and

As a journalist, Queena has spent much of her career helping start-up editorial products. She was on the founding editorial team of The Bay Citizen, an experimental, online news site in San Francisco that was funded by the late hillbilly billionaire Warren Hellman. In 2009, Queena received a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting to start-up a podcast called CyberFrequencies, which reported on the culture of technology. She also helped start-up two radio shows – Off-Ramp and Pacific Drift – for KPCC, the NPR-affiliate in Los Angeles. Off-Ramp was awarded 1st Place for news and Public Affairs programming by the PRINDI and the L.A. Press club. Queena’s stories have appeared on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, WNYC’s Studio 360, WBUR’s Here and Now, BBC’s Global Perspectives and New York Times’ multimedia page.

In 1994, Queena won a Fulbright Grant to teach and study in Seoul, South Korea. She was also selected to be a Teach For America Corps Member in 1991 and taught elementary school in the Inglewood Unified School District in Southern California.

Queena is a frequent public speaker and has given talks at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, PRINDI conference and the Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp. Queena went to UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Politics. She grew up in Southern California and lives in Berkeley, Ca in a big fixer on which she spends most weekends, well, fixing.

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Don Clyde

Don Clyde is an online producer, reporter and copy editor for KQED News. Before venturing into journalism, he worked as a medical device engineer and scientist for nearly a decade after earning a degree in physics from UC Berkeley. He loves travel, reading, living in Oakland, and most importantly, a good walk. Email him at or follow him @clydedon.

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David Weir

David Weir is KQED’s senior editor for digital news.  He previously worked at Rolling Stone, Salon, Wired Digital, Excite@Home, Mother Jones, and as a co-founder and executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Over the past 40 years, he and his teams have won dozens of awards, including a National Magazine Award, an IRE Award and a Webby. He has authored or co-authored four books, including (with Mark Schapiro) Circle of Poison.

He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, and has taught journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and San Francisco State.

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Laura Klivans

Laura Klivans is a community health reporter at KQED. In addition to KQED, her work can be heard on NPR, Here & Now, and PRI. Before getting hooked on all things audio, she worked in education, leading groups of students abroad. One of her favorite jobs was teaching on the Thai-Burmese border, working with immigrants and refugees.

Laura won the 2016 North Gate Award for Excellence in Audio Reporting and Production and the Gobind Behari Lal Award for Excellence in Reporting on a Science or Health Story for a radio documentary about adults with imaginary friends. She’s done many fellowships, including UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Fellowship and the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Laura has a master’s in journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s in education from Harvard.

She likes to eat chocolate. For breakfast., twitter: @lauraklivans,

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Vanessa Rancano

Vanessa Rancano is the Central Valley reporter for The California Report. Before joining KQED she was an NPR Kroc Fellow and a California Endowment Fellow with Latino USA. She’s a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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Polly Stryker

Polly Stryker is an Assignment Editor for KQED’s statewide news service, The California Report. She and reporter/host Rachael Myrow produce the KQED podcast, Love in the Digital Age.

Polly has worked for a variety of news and public affairs programs, including  The California Report’s “Health Dialogues” and Forum on KQED. Before that, she was a producer on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC radio, and These Days on KPBS. 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. She’s also won a Taste Award.

She considers herself to be a citizen of the world, having grown up in Cairo before coming to the United States. Polly speaks Arabic and can say, “I’d like a martini, please” in Swahili.

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Sara Hossaini

Sara Hossaini comes to general assignment reporting at KQED after two winters reporting at Wyoming Public Radio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her radio romance began after a bitter breakup with documentary film (Ok, maybe it’s still complicated). Her first simultaneous jobs in San Francisco were as Associate Producer on a PBS film series through the Center for Asian American Media and as a butler. She likes to trot, plot and make things with her hands.


Twitter: @sarastrummer

38 Articles

Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks is the East Bay enterprise reporter at KQED, focusing on stories about equity, identity, culture and the changing city.

Prior to joining KQED in 2015, Sandhya covered the 2012 presidential election from the swing state of Iowa for Iowa Public Radio. And at KPBS in San Diego, she broke the story of a sexual harassment scandal that led to the resignation of then-mayor.

She got her start in radio working on  documentaries about Oakland that focused on the high drop-out rate in public schools and mistrust between the police and the community. Her work on “The Drop Out Dilemma” won the Sigma Delta Chi Award Award for radio documentary.

Sandhya is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, where she won a Patsy Pulitzer Preston Documentary Fellowship for her investigative film about international adoption. She’s reported for NPR, Latino USA, and PRI’s The World, and she’s taught audio story-telling at Mills College in Oakland.

Sandhya lives in Oakland with her two cats.

You can contact her with story ideas and comments at Follow her on twitter: @sandhyadirks.

55 Articles

Andrew Stelzer

Andrew Stelzer has been reporting for KQED since 2010, and is a producer at Making Contact in Oakland..  His work has been featured on programs including NPR’s Weekend EditionPRI’s The World, Studio 360, Marketplace,Living on Earth, On the MediaLatino USA, Radio Netherlands, World Radio Switzerland, and Radio France International.  Andrew has written for publications including In These Times, The Progressive,  Interpress Service, The St. Petersburg Times, and The East Bay Express.

Andrew’s work has received numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

He previously was a reporter at  WMNF radio in Tampa, FL, and reporter and youth advocate st KBOO  in Portland, Oregon. Andrew has conducted radio production trainings around the world, from Algeria, to New Orleans, to the desert of Southern Jordan.

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Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley is the senior Silicon Valley editor for KQED based out of San Jose. Prior to KQED, Tonya served as a television reporter & anchor for several media outlets, including Al Jazeera America and KING 5 News in Seattle, WA.

In 2015, Tonya was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University where she co-created a workshop for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage.

Tonya has won several national awards for her work, most recently an Emmy Award in 2016 for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson” and a national RTDNA Unity Award for her public radio series “Black in Seattle.” She was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Washington Association for Justice for her reporting on the Seattle Police Department’s handling of a murder investigation.

You can reach Tonya at:

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Alyssa Jeong Perry

Alyssa Jeong Perry is a on-call reporter at KQED. She’s had stories air on NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now, PRI’s The World and WNYC’s The Takeaway.  And her written stories have been published in The Guardian and The Nation.  For her reporting on immigration, Alyssa was honored as a 2015 Ford Foundation fellow through International Center for Journalists and a 2016 Mark Felt fellow with the UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program.   She’s also interned at Oregon Public Broadcasting and has her masters in journalism from the UC Berkeley. Before diving deep into journalism, she lived in Korea for almost four years and traveled extensively through Central America and Asia.

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Mina Kim

Mina Kim is KQED News’ evening anchor and the Friday host of Forum. She reports on a wide range of issues affecting the Bay Area and interviews newsmakers, local leaders and innovators.

Mina started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with Pacific Time. When the station began expanding its local news coverage in 2010, she became a general assignment reporter, then health reporter for The California Report. Mina’s award-winning stories have included on-the-scene reporting of the 2014 Napa earthquake and a series on gun violence in Oakland.

Her work has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Mina grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Oak Park, CA. She lives in Napa.

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Lesley McClurg

Lesley McClurg reports for KQED Science primarily on medical and mental health with a sprinkling of stories about space, environmental toxins and food.

If there’s a natural disaster brewing Lesley can usually be found right in the midst of a catastrophe. She’s reported on disastrous floods, fires, droughts and earthquakes.

Her work is regularly rebroadcast on NPR and PBS. She is an Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award winning journalist. The Society of Environmental Journalists recognized her beat coverage of California’s historic drought.

Before joining KQED in 2016, she reported for Capital Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, KUOW and KCTS in Seattle.

You can find her on Twitter at @lesleywmcclurg.

You can find her KQED medical science stories, her environment stories, and general news stories.

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Bert Johnson

Bert Johnson is a multimedia journalist and KQED contributor. His work has also been published in the Sacramento News & Review and he was previously the Multimedia Editor at the East Bay Express. He covers social movements, the justice system and extremism. Email: Twitter: @bertjohnsonfoto Instagram: @bertjohnsonfoto

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Lisa Morehouse

Lisa Morehouse is an award-winning public radio and print journalist, who has filed for National Public Radio, American Public Media, KQED Public Radio, Edutopia, and McSweeney’s. Her reporting has taken her from Samoan traveling circuses to Mississippi Delta classrooms to the homes of Lao refugees in rural Iowa. In addition to reporting, she teaches radio production to at-risk youth in the Bay Area.  Her series After the Gold Rush featured the changing industries, populations and identities of rural towns throughout California. She’s now producing California Foodways, a series exploring the intersections of food, culture, economics, history and labor.  Follow along on the Facebook page or on Twitter @cafoodways.

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Bianca Taylor

Bianca Taylor is the intern with The California Report Magazine, a weekly program that covers the stories of Californians across the state. In addition to her work at KQED, Bianca is a nonprofit communications professional and freelance podcast producer. Her work has appeared on KQED and the podcast Out There.  Bianca has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in French from the University of California, Berkeley. She is from the great City of Trees, Sacramento.

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Zaidee Stavely

Zaidee Stavely is an award-winning reporter who writes about race, equity, immigration, and education.

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Tara Siler

Tara reports and sometimes anchors for KQED news. She covers a range of issues from community-police relations to local politics. Tara started out in community radio in the Bay Area, where she was raised. She eventually moved to Washington DC where she covered Congress for eight years for Pacifica and Monitor Radio. Her stories have also been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and The World.

Tara lives with her husband in Oakland– where they raised their two sons. She enjoys spending time with her large family, gardening and hiking in the Oakland hills with her dog.

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Suzie Racho

Suzie Racho is the producer/director of The California Report Magazine. She also works with several other KQED productions,  including Bay Curious, The Do List and KQED News.

Suzie came to KQED in 1996 after receiving a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University and spending several years working in the music industry.  As part of The California Report team, her work  has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, National Federation of Community Broadcasters and  Public Radio News Directors Incorporated,  among others.  She spends her free time baking, listening to records and rooting for the San Francisco Giants.

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Andrew Gilbert

A Los Angeles native based in the Berkeley area since 1996, Andrew Gilbert covers jazz, international music and dance for KQED’s California Report, the Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle,, and other publications. He is available for weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs. #jazzscribe

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Mark Andrew Boyer

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Danielle Venton

Danielle Venton is a host and reporter for KQED.

Before joining KQED in 2015, Danielle was a staff reporter at KRCB in Sonoma County and a writer at WIRED in San Francisco. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz’s science communications program, and has held internships at High Country News and the Monterey County Herald.

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Tiffany Camhi

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Sonja Hutson

Sonja Hutson is an On-Call Reporter for KQED News. She reports on a variety of topics in the Bay Area, including criminal justice, housing, and education. She’s covered a sexual harassment case against a UC Berkeley dean, a massive beef recall in Petaluma, and sexual harassment in the San Francisco Fire Department. Before coming to KQED, Sonja focused on hyper-local news in Berkeley as a reporter and editor for the Daily Californian. Sonja grew up in Marin County and currently lives in Berkeley. Email: Twitter: @SonjaHutson

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Steve Hochman

Steve Hochman has covered popular, and unpopular, music for more than 30 years, most of that time as a key member of the Los Angeles Times‘ music team. In that capacity he wrote about the full range of music and musicians, from Hungarian folk to industrial noise, and from 1991 through 2005 wrote the Times‘ widely read weekly “Pop Eye” column. In addition to his role with The California Report, he’s a music critic for Pasadena station KPCC’s morning magazine Take Two and a regular contributor to, and other outlets. His byline has appeared through the years in an array of major publications, including Rolling Stone, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly and New Orleans’ Offbeat.

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Carrie Feibel

Carrie Feibel is the Health Editor at KQED, where she also reports for the radio and online. Her stories have appeared on the national NPR shows Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Here & Now, and on the national website, Kaiser Health News. Her print career included stints at the Houston Chronicle, The (Bergen) Record,  and the Associated Press in New York City. A native of St. Louis, Feibel attended Cornell University, and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.

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Michael Montgomery

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John Sepulvado

John Sepulvado is the morning host of The California Report. Prior to joining KQED in September 2016, John was the local host of NPR’s Weekend Edition at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). He has also served as a producer for America Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend and worked as a national correspondent for CNN and as news director at WUSF in Tampa, Florida. John has earned prestigious RTDNA Murrow and PRNDI awards for investigative reporting, and helped CNN take home a Peabody Award for coverage of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. John attended Florida A&M in Tallahassee and is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Chloe Veltman

Chloe Veltman covers arts and culture for KQED. Prior to joining the organization, she launched and led the arts bureau at Colorado Public Radio, was the Bay Area’s culture columnist for the New York Times, and was also the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a national award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice. Chloe is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants and fellowships including both the John S Knight Journalism Fellowship and Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University, the Sundance Arts Writing Fellowship and a Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She is the author of the book “On Acting” and a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a BA in english literature from King’s College, Cambridge, and a Masters in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama/Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

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Peter Jon Shuler

Peter is a general assignment reporter covering Northern California news for KQED’s daily radio newscasts. He reports on a wide range of stories from current court cases to San Jose city hall.

Since joining KQED in 1990, Peter has covered everything from the beginnings of the World Wide Web to the dot-com bust, from preserving Silicon Valley’s open space to the preservation of historic Valley landmarks.

Peter caught the radio bug at WAUS-FM while still a student at Andrews University in his home town of Berrien Springs, MI. He did local news and hosted a classical music program. Since then, he has pursued a variety of assignments, including production work at WBAI in New York and broadcasting to the English language community of Geneva, Switzerland via Radio 74.  Email:

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Molly Peterson

Molly Peterson is an independent reporter based in Los Angeles, covering environment, science and climate change.

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Vinnee Tong

Vinnee Tong is a producer working on Bay Curious at KQED. She produced Truth Be Told, the award-winning KQED series on race and identity distributed nationally by Public Radio International.

Before KQED, she was a print reporter at the Associated Press. Awards for her reporting work include an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, 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. 

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Monica Lam

Monica  is the senior producer of KQED Newsroom, a weekly current affairs TV program, and has reported extensively on the criminal justice system.

Before joining KQED, Monica worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she examined conditions inside maximum security prisons and abuse in state-run institutions for the developmentally disabled. Prior to that, she produced and directed Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter, a documentary that follows novelist Amy Tan as she creates an opera based on her family history.

Monica’s work has been honored with a duPont Award, three Emmys, regional and national Murrow Awards, and has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Monica studied urban studies at Stanford University and earned a master’s in journalism at University of California at Berkeley. Follow her on twitter: @monicazlam

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Alex Helmick

Alex Helmick is the supervising editor of KQED’s newscast unit. He leads a team of 10 and edits content for KQED’s 20 daily newscasts as well as occasionally editing The California Report.

Before joining KQED, Alex worked in Geneva, Switzerland, where he reported from the United Nations European Headquarters and later hosted a 2-hour daily current events program. In 2009, he covered the war in Afghanistan and its impact on the humanitarian crisis in the country. He has also covered business in Chicago and produced the evening news for WBEZ.

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Erika Aguilar

Erika Aguilar is a housing reporter for KQED News. She joined the news department August 2017 after a short time producing independent audio projects. Erika covered criminal justice, breaking news and Orange County issues for KPCC public radio in Los Angeles, and wrote stories about the environment for KUT public radio in Austin.  She is a Texas native.

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Eli Wirtschafter

Eli Wirtschafter is a freelance reporter and producer focusing on transportation, art, and activism. He previously interned with The California Report and KQED Local News. Eli is also KALW’s transportation reporter, and a graduate of KALW’s Audio Academy. Eli’s work has been heard on NPR, Here & Now, and BackStory. Find him on Twitter at @RadioEli.

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Tyche Hendricks

Tyche Hendricks is editor for The California Report, KQED’s daily, statewide radio news program. She leads KQED’s immigration coverage, and recently reported on the plight of migrant teens locked in indefinite detention — a collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting. She also coordinates KQED’s election coverage.

Before joining KQED in 2010, Tyche worked as a newspaper reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury-News and the Seattle Times. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, including a 2012 Edward R. Murrow award for KQED’s election coverage;  the Society for Professional Journalists; the Education Writers Association; the Best of the West and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Tyche has taught at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and, from 2010 to 2015, directed a national immigration symposium for professional journalists there

She is the author of The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (U.C. Press, 2010). Tyche holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and  Journalism from U.C. Berkeley. She speaks fluent Spanish and passable French.

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Wendi Jonassen

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Julia McEvoy

Julia McEvoy is the senior editor, features and enterprise for KQED News.

Julia got into reporting covering Chicago’s Latino communities for a Spanish-language TV news station, then began freelancing Latino-centric stories for public radio. That lead to radio documentary work, then to editing, and eventually executive producing Chicago Matters, an award-winning public affairs series.  Julia founded WBEZ’s Ear to the Ground mentorship program, bringing community contributors stories to air and on-line.

Julia’s editorial work has received a Peabody Award, a Casey Medal for Coverage of Children and Families, several Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the Society for Professional Journalists.

Get in touch: or @juliamcevoy1

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David Gorn

David Gorn is the former Deputy News Director of KQED Radio. His public radio pieces have appeared on NPR, the World, Marketplace and the California Report.

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Shuka Kalantari

Shuka Kalantari is a Bay Area journalist reporting on health, food, culture and immigrant communities in California and internationally. She’s reported for Public Radio International’s The World, BBC World News Service’s Outlook, Philosophy Talk, Vice Magazine. Shuka is also a frequent contributor to KQED Public Media. You can follow her @skalantari on Twitter and Instagram.

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Amy Mostafa

Amy Mostafa is a KQED Radio News intern covering Berkeley and other Bay Area issues. A Cal alumna, she currently co-produces a weekly KALX show titled Women Hold Up Half the Sky.

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Kat Snow

Kat is a 25-year veteran of public broadcasting and an award-winning reporter and editor. She’s been at KQED since 2002, and before that was a reporter and news director at KUER in Salt Lake City, and a freelance reporter in Oregon. She’s written for Newsweek and The Atlantic, in addition to her public radio credits. She also coaches reporters and others in embodied narration and public speaking. Outside of radio, Kat loves conscious dance and is a Certified Teacher of Soul MotionTM.

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Brittany Hosea-Small

Brittany Hosea-Small is currently working at KQED News as a visual journalism intern focusing on photography and videography. Brittany started her journalism career at UC Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism, where she is specializing in Photojournalism and will be graduating in May of 2017. Prior to coming to KQED Brittany worked as a photography intern for the San Francisco Chronicle where she covered news stories ranging from local bay area celebrations, to the arrival of President Barack Obama on Airforce One in San Francisco. Recently Brittany was awarded the 2016 Bob Schmidt Scholarship from the Sacramento Press Club.  You can reach her by email at or follow her on Instragram  (@brittanykirstinphoto) and Twitter (@brittanykirstin).

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Peter Gilstrap

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Brian Watt

Brian Watt is KQED’s morning radio news anchor.  He joined the KQED News team in April of 2016.  Prior to that, he worked as a Reporter for KPCC in Los Angeles and a producer at Marketplace.

During eight years at KPCC, Brian covered business and economics, and his work won several awards.  In 2008, he won the Los Angeles Press Club’s first-place award for Business and Financial Reporting, Broadcast.  He’s also received honorable mention and been first runner up for the Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year.  He won two Golden Mike awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California.

Brian holds degrees in theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and . . . Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including The West Wing, Judging Amy and The District.

Email:  Twitter: @RadioBWatt

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Audrey Garces

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Jeremy Siegel

Jeremy Siegel is an anchor, editor and producer for KQED News. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from UC Berkeley.

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The Center for Investigative Reporting

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Peter Arcuni

Peter reports and produces stories for The California Report, a daily radio show featuring news and people throughout the state. His work has also appeared in KQED News, NPR’s Here & Now, SFGate, WIRED Magazine and The Bold Italic. Peter graduated from Brown University and earned his master’s degree in journalism from Stanford. He’s covered everything from homelessness to fires, health, the environment, arts, and Thanksgiving in San Quentin prison. In another life, Peter played rock n roll music and studied neuroscience. You can email him at:

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Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen is an award-winning journalist who recently completed a master’s degree in documentary production at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Before making the switch to video, Susan spent four years at the Charleston City Paper, a South Carolina alt-weekly, where she wrote more than 20 cover stories on everything from doomsday preppers to quidditch to world-class chefs. Her writing has also been featured in the East Bay Express, This Recording, and the Hairpin, and she just finished her first short documentary, Today I am a Man.

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Sheraz Sadiq

Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning producer at San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED. In 2012, he received the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award for a story he produced about the seismic retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to producing television content for KQED Science, he has also created online features and written news articles on scientific subjects ranging from astronomy to synthetic biology.

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Erika Kelly

Since joining KQED as intern in 2001, Erika has done almost every job in the newsroom including reporter, producer and newscaster. She is now an editor, working with reporters to produce stories for radio and online. You can reach her at

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Cesar Saldaña

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Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @MGreenKQED

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Tena Rubio


TENA RUBIO is an award-winning radio journalist and multimedia producer based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Currently, she works on contract as a producer and reporter for KQED Public Radio. She was the managing editor of NPR’s Latino USA and is the former host & executive producer of the news magazine radio show, Making Contact. Previously, a TV producer and newswriter, Tena continues to produce and report for various radio outlets across the country. Tena is currently the Board Secretary and Elections Chair for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR).


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Ingrid Becker

Ingrid Becker is the senior producer for KQED’s statewide news service, “The California Report.” She joined the staff in 2002 after 16 years working for regional newspapers, online news sites and public media.

She and her team have been recognized by nearly every major journalism organization for their coverage of California issues, politics, policy and personalities.


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Amanda Font

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Julia Scott

Julia Scott is an editor with KQED News. Prior to KQED, she was an editor with Crosscurrents at KALW Radio in  San Francisco. As a freelance reporter, she has filed stories for The California Report, Marketplace,  Nautilus and The New York Times Magazine.

Prior to her work in radio, Julia was an environmental reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, where her work was recognized with awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Her radio honors include awards and citations from the Sony Radio Academy Awards and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Julia hails from Montreal, Canada and lives in Oakland. She is the editor of the humor collection DRIVEL: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors.

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Chris Richard

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Gabe Meline

Gabe Meline is KQED Arts’ Senior Editor. He lives with his wife, his daughter, a 1964 Volvo and too many records in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA. Find him on Twitter at @gmeline.

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Penny Nelson

Penny Nelson  is based in the Bay Area  and has worked at KQED in many capacities since 1996.  Prior to working in San Francisco, she worked at WHYY.  At KQED, Penny is an anchor, host, producer and editor.

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Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell is a producer for Forum, KQED’s live call-in radio program, and occasionally fills in as host. She is also the co-host and co-producer of the KQED podcast The Leap, about people making dramatic, risky changes. Previously, Judy was a KQED reporter, focusing on criminal justice and prison issues.

Before joining KQED, Judy was a reporter and producer for Pacifica Radio and KPFA in Berkeley and wrote for the East Bay Express and Marie Claire magazine. Her work has regularly appeared on NPR and she’s been recognized with awards  from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., the National Association of Community Broadcasters and, as a part of a California Report team covering the execution of Tookie Williams,  an Associated Press Television and Radio Association award for her reporting on lethal injection and as a witness to the execution.

Judy grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


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Lucas Waldron

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Michelle Cheng

Michelle Cheng is an on-call interactive producer at KQED. She has written for FiveThirtyEight, Forbes, and MIT Technology Review. She received her undergraduate degree at Boston University — but doesn’t miss the cold. Prior to becoming a journalist, she was a competitive dancer. Reach her at or on Twitter @mbcheng15.

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Dana Cronin

Dana hails from the Napa Valley and is working as an intern in the KQED newsroom. She recently graduated from Colorado College where she worked at her member station, 91.5 KRCC, for three years. Follow her on twitter @DanaHCronin

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Erika Kelly

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Jenee Darden

Jenee Darden is an award-winning journalist and proud native of Oakland. She has reported for NPR, Marketplace, Time magazine in Europe, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Huffington Post, The, and other news outlets. She is the creator and former host of the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.  Jenee holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies from UC San Diego.

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Natalya studied journalism at Humboldt State University in northern California and at Chaffey College in the Inland Empire. She previously interned at KVCR in San Bernardino and at KHSU in Arcata. Natalya was also News Director of HSU’s Student Run Radio KRFH and helped launch it into the LPFM dial in Humboldt County.

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Matt Beagle

Matt Beagle is a freelance radio producer and reporter for KQED News. He’s also a reporter and editor for online publications, Oakland North and Richmond confidential and the creator of several podcasts including, Tales of Two Cities, Matt and Aaron Make a Podcast, and The Joke. An Oakland native, Matt got his start in radio as an intern with The Kitchen Sisters. Previously, he performed stand up comedy throughout the Bay Area.

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Alan Toth

Alan Toth is a filmmaker and video production professional. He is educated in multimedia production, and fine art. He worked for many years in cable television and publishing. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa from 2010 – 2012. His Peace Corps service inspired him to pursue a career directing documentary feature films. He directed and produced the feature documentary Posh Corps in 2013.


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Deborah Svoboda

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Sarah Tan

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Susan Valot

Susan Valot is a public radio reporter based in the Los Angeles area.

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Parth Shah

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James Tensuan

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Arash Malekzadeh

Arash Malekzadeh is the KQED News visual journalism intern. He is majoring in journalism at San Francisco State University with a minor in Race and Resistance Studies.

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Alissa Escarce

Alissa Escarce is a radio news intern at KQED. She is also an independent radio producer whose work on urban planning, immigration, and agriculture has appeared on NPR’s Latino USA, KCRW, and Radio Bilingue. Email: Twitter: @Alissa Escarce

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Libby Leyden

Libby Leyden is currently working at KQED as a radio news intern.  Libby started her journalism career at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science. She is currently a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism, where she is specializing in narrative journalism and will be graduating in May of 2017.  Her work has been published in The Boston Globe, World Policy Journal, Africa Media and 7×7 Magazine. You can reach her by email at or follow her on Instragram  (@libby_leyden) and Twitter (@libby_leyden).

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Paayal Zaveri

Paayal Zaveri is a journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently attends UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also contributes to KQED’s The California Report and previously interned for them. Previously, she wrote for The California Aggie, the student newspaper at the University of California, Davis, the San Francisco Public Press and other publications. Find her on Twitter @paayalzaveri.

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Sally Schilling

KQED Science intern Sally Schilling brings environmental conflicts to life by finding the people most affected by them. She’s recently told the stories of park rangers on the hunt for redwood burl poachers, and the accidental activists in Pittsburg who are fighting a proposed crude oil facility being built in their backyards. Sally is currently studying video journalism and investigative reporting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She grew up on an organic farm near Davis, Ca.

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Anya Schultz

Anya Schultz is a visual intern for KQED. She was previously the magazine editor and multimedia editor at The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s newspaper. You can follow her on Twitter @anyaviolet.

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Ida Mojadad

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Erasmo Martinez

Erasmo Martinez is a Visual Intern at KQED. His work has appeared in Hoodline, the Sacramento Bee and El Tecolote. The San Francisco native can be found on Twitter @ErasmoJMartinez. His email is

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Will Huntsberry

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Alex Cwalinski

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Nadine Sebai

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Carly Severn

Carly Severn writes about the arts, odd places, not-so-popular culture and everything in between. She is also co-host of KQED’s The Cooler podcast.

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Nicole West

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Kerry Klein

Kerry Klein is a radio and print reporter based in Fresno. A geologist by training, she worked in the mining and geothermal energy industries before attending the Science Communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work has appeared on Valley Public Radio, the San Jose Mercury News, the Salinas Californian and Slate, on topics ranging from drought and agriculture to space and roadkill. You can follow her on Twitter @einekleinekerry.

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Arielle Swedback

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Jeanne Carstensen

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Ethan Lindsey

Ethan is KQED’s managing editor for news. In this newly-created position, Ethan helps to continue the public media organization’s transition to a 21st-century newsroom and further deepens KQED’s commitment to regional news, especially on digital platforms.

Ethan came to KQED from the WBUR and NPR newsmagazine Here & Now, in Boston, where he was the show’s senior managing editor. Previously, he was senior digital editor and interim managing editor for the public radio show Marketplace. In 2009, Ethan won a Peabody Award for his work as a correspondent for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Amy Miller


Amy Miller is a documentary filmmaker and the Supervising Producer and Partner at Spine Films, a boutique production company specializing in science, natural history and art content.  Prior to joining the Spine team, she worked at KQED as the Series Producer of “QUEST”, a multimedia science and environment series. She was also a staff producer for two other KQED series, “SPARK” and “Independent View.” For her work in television, she’s earned multiple honors including ten Emmy awards and two AAAS Kavli Science Journalism awards.  Feature Producer/ Director credits include “Saving Otter 501” for PBS NATURE and “Let All the Stories Be Told” which aired as part of KQED’s “Truly California” series.

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Kitty Felde

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Max Savage Levenson

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Nailah Morgan is a web video intern at KQED News. She currently attends UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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Johanna Varner

Johanna Varner is excited to join KQED Science as a 2015 AAAS Mass Media Fellow. She recently finished her PhD in Biology from University of Utah, where she studied how small mammals are responding to climate change. She also has past lives as an engineer, a blueberry farmer, and a baker. Outside of the lab, Johanna has been active in designing authentic field research experiences for K-12 students and giving interactive public presentations about local mammals. You can find her on twitter at @johannavarner

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Beth Huizenga

Beth has been a radio announcer operator at KQED since 2000. She was a DJ (as “Beth Holland”) on KFOG for over five years in the late 90s, after living and broadcasting in Bangkok from ’90-’93. She enjoys writing and sharing with her Bay-Area-and-Beyond community, and began performing original solo pieces this past summer at small theaters in the Mission District of SF, including a sold-out show at Stage Werx in August. Beth enjoys teaching yoga to 100+ students weekly near her home in northern Marin and leads workshops in partner yoga, yoga & writing, and Thai massage at retreats in northern California. She is grateful to you for reading her blog and invites you to follow her on Facebook.

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Paul Lancour

Paul is Media Technology Coordinator at KQED. He has a long and storied history with KQED, having worked on-air and behind the scenes for KQED radio for quite some time. You can reach him at

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Peter Jon Shuler

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JoeBill Muñoz

Reporter and Video Producer. Master’s Candidate at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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