KQED NEWSROOM Invites the Community to Open Newsroom Forums Around the Bay Area

Host Thuy Vu, Senior Correspondent Scott Shafer and the editorial team will meet and hear from Marin, East Bay, South Bay and San Francisco residents about local issues for KQED’s new multiplatform news and public affair service.

KQED News invites community leaders, newsmakers, local business owners and residents at four Open Newsroom forums around the Bay Area to join KQED NEWSROOM host Thuy Vu, senior correspondent Scott Shafer and the editorial team to discuss the challenges facing their communities. The new news and public affairs service from KQED will feature a wide-range of topics reflecting the diversity of the nine-county Bay Area. The KQED NEWSROOM team will use these forums to reach out to residents from Marin, East Bay, South Bay and San Francisco to engage them in an open dialogue on local issues that are not being covered in the media. For more information on KQED NEWSROOM, to RSVP to the events and to submit story ideas online, please visit KQEDnews.org.

The details on the four Open Newsroom forums are:

Thursday, September 19, at 11am–1pm
Marin County Office of Education
Community Room, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94913

Tuesday, September 24, at 9:30–11:30am
School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116

Tuesday, October 1, at 6–8:30pm
HUB Oakland
1423 Broadway Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Thursday, October 10, at 12–2pm
Bayview Opera House
4705 3rd St., San Francisco, CA 94124

KQED NEWSROOM, the new multiplatform news and public affairs service with host Thuy Vu and senior correspondent Scott Shafer, premieres Friday, October 18, at 8pm on KQED Public Television 9. The series will also air on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM on Sundays at 6pm and all episodes and additional Web-only content will be available on KQEDnews.org. The new weekly television program will build on the public affairs roundtable format that has been the core feature of This Week in Northern California, which KQED NEWSROOM will replace on the Friday evening television schedule. New segments will give viewers access to features and stories from all KQED News sources with newsmaker interviews, debate segments and field reporting.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest rated public television services and a leader in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

As other news organizations have shrunk, KQED has expanded its efforts to cover the issues and events that are important to the Bay Area. As the most trusted source of news in the Bay Area, KQED is a multiplatform operation with offices and bureaus in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles. KQED News programs include KQED NEWSROOM, current affairs specials produced in collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting, The California Report, Forum, 18 news broadcasts on KQED Public Radio daily and the popular blogs News Fix, State of Health, Mindshift and The Lowdown. Stories from all KQED news programs are featured online at KQEDnews.org.