Hana Baba

News Reporter/Host

Hana Baba is a reporter and host of Crosscurrents, a daily radio newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

She interviews and reports on ethnic communities, poverty, health, culture, religion, arts, and the global nature of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her work also appears on NPR programs, PRI's The World, BBC World Service, and New America Media. A Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese, and is fluent in Arabic.



Thu October 30, 2014
Cops & Courts

Former inmate turned activist discusses the struggles of life outside of prison


In 1969, Dorsey Nunn was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man. After serving 12 years of his sentence, Nunn was paroled in 1981. Back on the outside, he realized there was very little help for him or people like him to make new lives. He took matters into his own hands and started working with other formerly incarcerated people to address issues of employment, education, and voting rights. 

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Tue October 28, 2014

Get to know Props K and G on the San Francisco ballot

Under CC license from Flickr user Jon Starbuck.

KALW’s Liz Pfeffer speaks with Hana Baba about housing-related measures on the upcoming San Francisco ballot, including Propositions K and G.

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Mon October 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Harnessing the political power of "Nuns on a Bus"


As head of the Catholic Social Justice group network, Sister Simone Campbell, who is a nun, worked for immigration reform, healthcare, and economic justice. In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was being debated in Congress, she wrote a letter in support of the bill, and was able to get 60 signatures from religious orders in the US on it.

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Tue October 14, 2014

San Francisco Schools grapple with Common Core, new technology

Note: The San Francisco Unified School District owns KALW's broadcast license. 

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Mon October 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Exploring a rich culture at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Nollywood Mindspace


For the past five years, Chike Nwoffiah has put together the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, which screens and celebrates films from fifteen different African countries. Nowadays, it's become more than a film fest; This year there's an African market, a visual arts exhibit, and a forum that features African women who work in tech. Nwoffiah hopes all this will help festival-goers understand the complexity of the continent.

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