KQED Public Radio

KQED Public Radio was founded in 1969, and the station began broadcasting with a skeletal paid and volunteer staff later in that year. In 1987, the station’s format was changed to an all-news and information service. Since the format change, the weekly audience for KQED Public Radio has more than doubled. Consistently ranked among the top-rated public radio stations in the nation, KQED is currently the most-listened-to public radio station in the country, reaching over 740,000 listeners each week.

KQED Public Radio is an award-winning service heard throughout the Bay Area, the state and beyond with a wide variety of news, public affairs and cultural affairs programming. The broadcast schedule is composed of the work of station, independent and network producers, including productions by National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the BBC.

Reaching listeners as far north as the North Coast, as far south as Monterey Bay, and as far east as the Sierra Nevada, KQED 88.5 FM is one of the strongest public radio signals in the state of California. Two translator stations were added in 1991 and 2001: Martinez (88.1 FM) and Santa Rosa (88.3 FM) respectively. In 2003, KQED purchased 89.3 FM North Highlands/Sacramento, which extended the station’s reach to the greater metropolitan area of Sacramento. In 2000, KQED Public Radio began live streaming and in 2002, began offering archived audio files of its programs on KQED’s Web site, kqed.org.

KQED Public Radio produces local Bay Area newscasts broadcast weekday mornings and afternoons during Morning Edition and All Things Considered; The California Report, a statewide news and public affairs service carried by 25 public radio stations that includes nine-minute segments broadcast weekday mornings and a half-hour newsmagazine broadcast on Friday afternoons; Forum, a live interview and call-in program, hosted by Michael Krasny, that explores current politics, the arts and community issues; and Perspectives, topical commentaries by Bay Area residents broadcast daily during Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

KQED Public Radio also works with other public affairs organizations to co-produce series for public radio distribution, including City Arts & Lectures, The World Affairs Council and The Commonwealth Club of California.

Jo Anne Wallace is vice president and general manager of KQED Public Radio. Raúl Ramirez is director of news and public affairs.

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Latest News

KQED Launches The Leap Podcast

The Leap explores life’s make-or-break moments. Debuts Tuesday, October 6 KQED is thrilled to announce the launch of The Leap, a storytelling podcast about people in life-defining moments ─ the dreams that drive them and the changes they never saw coming. Season One of the The Leap launches on KQED.org, iTunes and SoundCloud. Episode one, “Liquid Ass,” […]

Sep 29, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Launches “Love in the Digital Age”

New podcast series features humorous, heart wrenching and it-just-got-complicated first person, mini-documentaries about technology and love.

Sep 02, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED’s Jo Anne Wallace Elected to NPR Board

KQED Vice President and General Manager, KQED Public Radio Jo Anne Wallace has been elected to the National Public Radio (NPR) Board of Directors.

Aug 13, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

“The Do List” Live

The Do List radio show on the road with a live performance, mash-up, variety show with their favorite local musicians and artists. Join them on August 18 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at The Chapel (777 Valencia Street in San Francisco)

Aug 10, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED News Series “Immigrant Shift” Explores the Changing California Workforce

One out of every three working people in California is an immigrant – and their share has grown in recent decades.

Jul 20, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Launches Digital Health Blog Future of You

New blog features daily reports on how emerging technologies are revolutionizing medicine and changing the way we stay healthy.

Mar 12, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED and Capital Public Radio Announce Live State of the State Special

Governor Jerry Brown’s inauguration and State of the State address will air on KQED Public Radio on Monday, January 5, at 10am.

Dec 29, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Announces Queena Sook Kim as the Morning Host for The California Report

California native will start with KQED’s award–winning statewide news and public affairs program on January 12.

Dec 08, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post


Presented in Partnership with KQED November 5, 2014; San Francisco, Calif. – NPR and KQED are proud to announce NPR Presents Water +/- in San Francisco on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8PM ET. The performance combines national and local news coverage, music, poetry, storytelling and visual projections to explore how too much or too little […]

Nov 05, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Announces New Friday Forum Host

Award–winning journalist Mina Kim to host the Friday broadcasts of Forum with Michael Krasny starting October 24.

Oct 21, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post