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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3:23pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Interview with Tai Moses, author of Zooburbia

More than 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs, but that does not mean they have to be cut off from nature -- according to author Tai Moses. Her new book, Zooburbia, is a call for people to live alongside their furry and winged friends. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with Moses about a new trend to grow urban gardens that sustain wildlife.

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4:57pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Politics

Conversation with Chief Adult Probation Officer Wendy Still

Wendy Still is San Francisco's chief adult probation officer.
Credit The Wall Street Journal

California was recently granted an extension to meet the federal government's mandate to reduce its prison population. That extension came with specific requirements, for example, the federal court ordered the state to incorporate more programs like San Francisco's Re-entry Pod to help prepare inmates for release. KALW's Holly Kernan sat down with San Francisco's Chief Adult Probation Officer Wendy Still to discuss some of the changes.

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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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