San Francisco, April 8, 2011—KQED, the public media station serving Northern California, and the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch announce a radio series and television special that examines seismic safety concerns in California’s public schools. More than a year in the making, the series will air on KQED 88.5FM and on stations statewide via KQED’s The California Report beginning Friday, April 8 (full schedule below). An original television special, On Shaky Ground, will air on KQED 9 on Friday, April 15th at 7:30pm. The program is being made available to all other public television stations in California.
After the recent events in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, seismic safety has become an ever larger concern. While many cities and towns have been making preparations for an emergency, their attention has not been on some of the buildings for which they hold ultimate responsibility. Experts, educators, and parents have been left wondering whether schools–and the children who attend them–are as safe as they should be.
In addition to the radio reports and television special, an interactive component, located at KQEDnews.org, will provide the collected radio reports (available in audio and text format), the television program, a glossary of terms, a map of historical quakes in California, searchable databases and interactive maps showing potentially problematic schools and districts, information and resources, and other original content.
Statewide distribution will allow for the largest possible audience. KQED Public Radio’s The California Report is distributed to more than 70 stations across the state. In addition, On Shaky Ground will be distributed to various public television stations in California, including KCET/Los Angeles, KVIE/Sacramento, and KPBS/San Diego. Other stations are expected to confirm shortly.
“The recent international earthquake catastrophes have again reminded us of California’s vulnerability and the importance of anticipating and preventing a major catastrophe here. And it is hard to imagine anything more urgent than protecting the children in our schools,” said John L. Boland, president and chief executive officer of KQED. “We are very pleased to partner with the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch to bring this critical information to public radio, television, and online audiences statewide.”
“KQED is a valuable partner for us in this and all of California Watch’s projects,” said Robert J. Rosenthal, Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch’s parent organization. “Our collaboration with KQED has benefited not only us but the public interest. It fits in perfectly with our goal of multi-platform journalism reaching varied and new audiences.”
On Shaky Ground
Hosted by Scott Shafer
KQED Public Television 9
Friday, April 15th, 7:30pm
9 additional airings, schedule available at KQED.org
KQED Public Radio 88.5FM
The California Report
Hosted by Rachel Myrow
Friday, April 8th
Monday, April 11th
Tuesday, April 12th
5:50, 6:50 and 8:50am
KQED (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KTEH 54 (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5FM San Francisco and 89.3FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org, and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation’s most-watched public television stations, is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin. KQED’s digital television channels include 9HD, Life, World, Kids, and V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts daily. KQED Interactive hosts KQED’s cross-platform news service, KQED News, as well as offers video and audio podcasts and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents, and the general public through workshops, community screenings, and multimedia resources.
About California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting
California Watch (californiawatch.org), the largest investigative journalism team in the state, was launched in 2009 by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting. Areasof coverage include education, health and welfare, public safety, the environment and the influence of money on the political and regulatory process. California Watch receives funding from The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the California Endowment. California Watch received a National Headliner Award in 2011 for “Best Online Only Journalism Site.” In 2010, California Watch was awarded a general excellence award from the Online News Association, and its staff also was named “Journalists of the Year” by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. CIR reports have reached the public through television, print, radio and the web, appearing in outlets such as 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Politico and U.S. News & World Report. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards including the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and a National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence. More importantly, its reports have sparked congressional hearings and legislation, United Nations resolutions, public interest lawsuits and change in corporate policies. CIR founded California Watch to help create a new model for regional investigative and high-impact reporting.
The California Report
Scott Walton, KQED
Marlene Saritzky, CIR/California Watch