Holly Kernan

News Director

Holly Kernan is the architect of the award-winning Public Interest Reporting Project.  She is currently news director at KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco.  In 2009 she was named Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  Kernan teaches journalism at Mills College and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and has taught at Santa Rosa Junior College, Youth Radio and San Francisco State University's Lifelong Learning Institute.  She lives in Oakland with her husband, Mike, daughter, Julia, and retired greyhound Benjamin Franklin.

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7:00pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Cops & Courts

Interview with Nell Bernstein about the problems with juvenile prison

Nell Bernstein is the coordinator of the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and  the author of Burning Down the House: The end of Juvenile Prison. 

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7:00pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Education

Interview with Kathleen Cha former AAUW president

Kathleen Cha, former AAUW president, at a April 2013 conference in Hawaii
AAUW website

Education has always played a key role in social change, but it hasn’t always been equally available to both men and women. In the late 1800’s less than 1% of women between the ages of 18 to 24 were in college. College-educated women knew they were privileged, and decided to use that power to work for social justice. They created what became known as the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The San Francisco chapter is the oldest branch in California, and the third oldest in the country.

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6:02pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Politics

Jeff Adachi - California's only elected public defender

San Francisco is the only city in California where the voters choose their public defender. Since 2002,  the city has elected Jeff Adachi. He comes from a long line of public defenders who have been fighting to give equal representation to those caught up in the criminal justice system. Every year his office takes on more than twenty five thousand clients who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a lawyer.

“San Francisco is the most progressive, pro union, lefty - and I'd probably be the poster boy for that in many ways.”

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7:00pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

Not a Genuine Black Man: Interview with Brian Copeland

PHOTO BY CARLOS AVILA / SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE / SFGATE.COM

Brian Copeland has a weekly  radio show on KGO. Today he is a radio personality, actor, comedian, writer, and performer, but like many of us, he says he got to where he is today thanks to a series of coincidences.

Copeland tells the story of his life in an acclaimed show called “Not a Genuine Black Man.”

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11:00am

Thu April 10, 2014
Politics

Interview with Bevan Dufty on combatting homelessness

Steve Rhodes/SF Public Press

On any given night in the U.S. there are more than 600,000 people who are homeless.  In San Francisco, the government estimates there are about 6,400 people living on the street or in shelters.  The numbers have increased only slightly over the past few years, but with the lack of housing in the city, many are wondering what the county is doing to help. Bevan Dufty,  works with the mayor's office as  the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement  or HOPE.

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