Forum with Michael Krasny

Airs at 9am weekdays on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM

Forum is KQED Public Radio’s award-winning live public affairs program, which airs at 9–11 am every weekday on KQED 88.5 FM and has a worldwide reach through Sirius Satellite Radio. One of the Bay Area’s most popular morning radio programs, Forum presents balanced panel discussions of local, state, national and world issues, as well as in-depth, one-on-one interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment and the arts. Listeners can join the conversation with comments and questions by calling in, by visiting Forum’s robust website or via Forum’s popular social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).

Forum is hosted by award–winning journalists Michael Krasny and Dave Iverson (on Fridays) and is produced by Judy Campbell and Irene Noguchi. Dan Zoll is the senior editor. Amanda Stupi is the community engagement producer. The executive producer is Raul Ramirez. Jo Anne Wallace is vice president and general manager of KQED Public Radio.

Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED’s award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED’s most-popular shows and the nation’s most-listened-to locally produced public radio talk show.

Before coming to KQED Public Radio in 1993, Dr. Krasny hosted a night-time talk program for KGO Radio and co-anchored the weekly KGO television show Nightfocus. He hosted Bay TV’s Take Issue, a nightly news analysis show, programs for KQED Public Television, KRON television and NPR, and did news commentary for KTVU television. He has also served as host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

Since 1970, he has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and has taught at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of “Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest” and “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life,” coauthor of the textbook “Sound Ideas,” and creator of the DVD presentation “Masterpieces of Short Fiction.” He is a widely published scholar and literary critic, a fiction writer, and a guest and frequent interviewer on the City Arts & Lectures stage. He has worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector and as moderator for a host of major nonprofit events.

Dr. Krasny has interviewed many of the leading newsmakers and cultural icons of our time, including former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Don DeLillo, Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Redford, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Updike, and countless others. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including The S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Distinction, The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism, The Inclusiveness in Media Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice, and a Koret Foundation Fellowship. He has also been named best talk show host by Focus magazine, a number of Bay Area newspapers, The San Francisco Publicity Club, and Citysearch.

Dr. Krasny received his B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. degrees from Ohio University, where he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. degree from The University of Wisconsin.


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