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.

KQED-produced programs:

Latest News

The Only 2014 California Gubernatorial Debate Announced for Thursday, September 4, at 7pm

Aug 20, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

KQED Science Reporter Lauren Sommer receives national recognition for best use of sound in “Elephant Seal Dating Scene.”

Jul 29, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Expands Fracking Coverage

KQED expands its coverage of fracking in California with two new special reports on radio and television on July 14 and 18.

Jul 09, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Welcomes Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! to the Bay Area

Popular news quiz program will record three shows at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater in front of sold-out crowds.

Jun 24, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

Rachael Myrow Announced As Lead Reporter For KQED’s New Silicon Valley News Desk

KQED Public Radio’s statewide news service The California Report will be looking for a new morning host.

Jun 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED and StoryCorps present OutLoud San Francisco

The night of storytelling, live music and performances on Wed, Jun 25, is part of KQED’s LGBT Pride Month celebrations.

Jun 12, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

State of Surveillance Investigates the Use of Cutting-Edge Technology in Fighting Crime

KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting partner on a new multiplatform presentation including a 30-minute television special, a radio report and online articles.

Apr 02, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

New season of Check, Please! features eateries from every corner of the Bay Area

12 new episodes launch Thursday, April 3, at 7:30pm on KQED 9.

Mar 14, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Names John Myers the Senior Editor of its New California Politics and Government Desk

The new desk will deliver coverage for breaking news and long-lead enterprise reporting on television, radio and digital.

Mar 14, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

QUEST Premieres 100th Television Episode on April 2 at 7:30pm on KQED 9

Explore High-Tech Bikes, Hydrogen Cars, Wolves, Seed Diversity and De-extinction

Mar 13, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post