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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7:51pm

Mon April 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

Interview: With 'Ripper,' Isabel Allende aims to thrill

Isabel Allende is one of Latin America's most beloved writers -- and she happens to call the Bay Area her home. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, the author has lived in Marin County for 26 years now. During that time, Allende has produced an incredible amount of work -- since her bestselling novel The House of Spirits was published in 1982, she's written 19 more books, which have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.

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5:30pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Cops & Courts

Interview: A second chance after life in prison

Author and criminal justice reporter Nancy Mullane

Since Jerry Brown became governor, a record number of inmates, including “lifers,” those sentenced to life behind bars, have been released from California prison. Lifers receive one of two kinds of life sentences: with or without the possibility of parole. Those sentenced with the possibility of parole are expected to use the decades spent in prison to reform themselves. They then have to go before a parole board to prove that they’re rehabilitated.

But since 1988, California’s governors have had the option to veto a parole board decision, and they’ve done so in the majority of cases, until recently.

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5:45pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

What's so funny about gentrification?


 The changing face of San Francisco is a source of controversy for many locals. In his latest one-man show, "Feisty Old Jew," local performer Charlie Varon demonstrates how the issue can be a solid source of comedy too. 

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5:16pm

Wed October 16, 2013

4:54pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Education

Talking tuition with UC Berkeley's new chancellor

shared on Picasa by Philip Mc

The University of California system saw a major change in administration earlier this summer when Janet Napolitano was appointed president. When she takes office in September, the former Homeland Security Secretary will be the first woman to hold the presidential position.

UC Berkeley’s administration also experienced a change this past June when Nicholas Dirks was sworn in as the university’s chancellor, the faculty’s highest ranking position. One of Dirks’ primary obligations in his new role is to find new funding for the university. The numbers are stark. Ten years ago, a semester for a resident undergraduate cost less than $3,000 and about a third of the school’s funding came from the state. This semester, the state provides only about 11 percent of the funding and tuition is two and a half times higher. 

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