Anchoring The Bay With Trusted Programming During Tumultuous Times

By Giving List Staff   |   November 1, 2021
KQED’s newly renovated San Francisco headquarters creates a number of spaces on site to engage with audiences and provides technology upgrades to help the station provide its critical public service for generations to come. (photo by Jason O’Rear. Courtesy of KQED)

As devastating wildfires, a deadly global pandemic, and bitter political division make life feel chaotic, KQED has been a constant, reliable source of news, information, and programming Bay Area residents have relied on for nearly 70 years.

For some, KQED means listening to radio programs like The California Report or the widely popular call-in public affairs show Forum; for others, it’s tuning in each week to the television show Check Please! Bay Area to learn the latest dish from local restaurants. Some prefer to read KQED’s latest investigations on police accountability online or to get the latest local election facts straight with its voter guides; then there are those who pop in ear pods and listen to Bay Area-focused podcasts like Bay Curious, The Bay, and Rightnowish or its recent series on the housing crisis SOLD OUT: Rethinking Housing in America

KQED reporter Marco Siler-Gonzales reporting in the field during the COVID-19 pandemic

“We’re giving people news they can use,” says Georgi Kelly, KQED’s vice president of development. Kelly says KQED also digs deep into Bay Area issues: homelessness, housing, police brutality. “We’re also making investments at KQED to understand large systemic problems,” she adds.

Every week 2.4 million audience members engage with KQED, whether that’s on the radio, television, online, or through its social media platforms. The public radio and television nonprofit media organization also delivers classic national programs from NPR and PBS, like All Things Considered, Fresh Air, PBS NewsHour, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Since 2010, Kelly says KQED has invested $45 million into expanding its reach and the size of its newsroom, hiring more than 100 people, mainly journalists. KQED’s headquarters in San Francisco has been renovated to offer more opportunities for in-person community engagement; at the heart of the building is a space called The Commons, where the station’s new event series KQED Live plays host to community discussions, screenings, food events, and performances. 

KQED’s mission is to contribute to an informed citizenry and foster a healthy democracy. Not only does KQED dig deep to bring insights and analysis and commentary to the local news, but it also prides itself on including diverse perspectives. Over the years, the media organization has grown from one solely focused on radio and television to one that also produces digital content, including podcasts that delve deep into Bay Area culture and video series that explore arts, science, and media literacy. The station has also developed a large online and social media presence to distribute content and engage with audiences.

“We have a really rich mix of local, national, and international content that you cannot find anywhere else,” Kelly says. “If I want to learn about what’s happening in California, or San Francisco, or China, I turn on KQED and learn what’s happening in 40 minutes.”

For many, KQED has been there through the generations. “Kids love the PBS Kids shows on KQED,” Kelly says. “And the programs are on the forefront of how to talk with kids about social issues – like racial justice and explainers with teenagers about vaping.”

Whether you grew up on KQED, your kids listen or watch it, or whether you just moved to the Bay Area and are looking to get clued in, Kelly adds, KQED has you covered.



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