THE VETERAN REPORTER JOINS CO-HOST LILY JAMALI, AND WILL ANCHOR THE STATEWIDE NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM FROM LOS ANGELES
KQED announces the hiring of Saul Gonzalez as co-host of its premier statewide daily radio news program The California Report (TCR). An award-winning reporter who has spent his entire career in radio and television broadcast journalism, Gonzalez arrives at KQED from KCRW in Los Angeles, where he served as a reporter and producer, and also host of the popular podcast There Goes the Neighborhood. Gonzalez starts July 8 and will report for TCR from Los Angeles. TCR co-host Lily Jamali will continue to report out of KQED’s headquarters in San Francisco.
“We are fortunate to welcome someone with as much experience and range as a reporter and host as Saul has to The California Report,” says KQED Chief Content Officer Holly Kernan. “His deep understanding of the issues that impact Southern California will complement Lily’s focus on Northern California, and will benefit listeners and partner stations throughout the state.”
Gonzalez’s tenure at KCRW started in 2012. Since that time he’s covered many of the critical issues facing Southern Californians, from soaring housing costs and homelessness to the plight of undocumented immigrants and people working in the underground economy. Gonzalez also hosted and co-produced the second season of the podcast series There Goes the Neighborhood (co-produced by WNYC), which explored gentrification in Los Angeles. Since 2014, Gonzalez has also been a contributing reporter for the daily international news show The World, produced by Public Radio International (PRI).
Before embarking on his radio career, Gonzalez worked in television for PBS in a series of roles, including the Los Angeles producer of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, contributing reporter for the national magazine series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, producer for the KCET weekly magazine series California Connected and SoCal Connected, as well as KCET’s nightly news show Life & Times.
During his career, Gonzalez has covered wildfire preparedness in California, the culture clash over Islam in Europe, the economics and ethics of genetic testing, and the hunt to identify human rights abusers in Central America using forensic evidence. For his work, Saul’s received nine Emmy and eleven Golden Mike awards for hard news and feature reporting. He’s also been named Radio Journalist of the Year two years in a row by the Los Angeles Press Club, and has received a variety of other regional awards for coverage of such topics as Islam, the criminal justice system and immigration.
About The California Report
The California Report started broadcasting out of KQED in 1995 and today reaches 79 stations across California and eastern Nevada. TCR is the only statewide daily news program focused on social, political and cultural issues of wide relevance in California with reporters based in bureaus in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles. TCR produces and airs stories from across California with two fast-paced broadcasts each weekday morning and a 30-minute weekly magazine. Hosted by Sasha Khokha, The California Report Magazine takes audiences on a road trip for the ears with sound-rich storytelling that explores the people and places that make the state unique.
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. kqed.org