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

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

KQED Creates Multiplatform Arts Desk to Expand Coverage

KQED Names David Markus Executive in Charge, Arts, and Joe Matazzoni Arts Managing Editor.

Mar 11, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Mourns the Death of Raul Ramirez

The award–winning journalist, teacher and mentor had served as executive director, news and public affairs, for KQED Public Radio since 1991.

Nov 15, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

Forum Launches New Series “Priced Out” Starting Tomorrow at 10am on KQED 88.5 FM

The ongoing series will cover issues related to the high cost of living in the Bay Area and includes content from all KQED News properties.

Oct 30, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

SPJ NorCal honors KQED Public Radio’s Raul Ramirez for “Distinguished Service to Journalism”

The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter, has honored KQED News with four 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Oct 28, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

Hunger in the Valley of Plenty Investigates the Hunger Epidemic in California’s Central Valley

KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting partner on specials to air October 10 and 11 on television and radio.

Oct 03, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

KQED Releases Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians

The printable, embeddable, shareable guide is easy-to-use and mobile-friendly, and now is available in Spanish.

Sep 28, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post