Journey back in time to the birth of the Bay Area’s environmental movement. Meet the everyday people who rescued the Bay Area from environmental disaster and continue to inspire a new generation in KQED QUEST’s half-hour documentary Earth Day Special: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Headed.

Deadly smog, piles of burning garbage, no recycling – on the first Earth Day in 1970, the Bay Area looked vastly different than it does today. But much of the progress since then is thanks to a small, but dedicated group of everyday Bay Area residents who decided it was time for a change. This Earth Day, QUEST meets the local environmental heroes who preserved the Bay Area’s water, air and open space for generations to come, and looks ahead to the environmental challenges that are yet to be solved.

Earth Day TV Special: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Headed 20 January,2016Gabriela Quirós


Gabriela Quirós

Gabriela Quirós is a video producer for KQED Science and the coordinating producer for Deep Look. She started her journalism career 25 years ago 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 its science series QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has won five regional Emmys and has shared awards from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Independent from her work in KQED's science unit, 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 aired nationally on public television stations in 2015.


Rachel Raney

Rachel Raney is a Segment Producer for QUEST on KQED Television.

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