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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4:51pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

The life of an older woman without a home in San Francisco

Imagine having nowhere to sleep, now, imagine that reality if you’re older, and maybe you suffer from illness or decreased mobility.

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5:23pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Politics

Not a private matter: Domestic abuse center takes a stand on Ross Mirkarimi

"Domestic Violence is Never a Private Matter" Billboard
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Sheriff Mirkarimi had many supporters when he was facing losing his job, but there were also many vocal opponents to his reinstatement. In fact, the majority of San Franciscans polled did not want Mirkarimi as Sheriff after his conviction. “Citizens for an Accountable Sheriff” was created calling for his resignation – and many women’s rights activists spoke out against Mirkarimi’s reinstatement during the ethics committee hearing when they were considering his case. Among them was Kathy Black, executive director of La Casa de las Madres, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

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5:19pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Politics

Commentary: Growing up trans

Irina Slutsky's Flickr Photostream

Figuring out one’s identity can be a life-altering process. Mills College student Skylar Crownover sent us this commentary about how the way people perceive gender affects a very basic part of their day.

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6:41pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

Seeking the truth about charter schools

Oakland has become a sort of test kitchen for charter schools. One of the first in the state opened in Oakland in 1993 – and in the past decade or so, the district has gone from having three charters to 33 today. But there are challenges in welcoming charter schools to the city, and it has been a contentious issue in Oakland.

Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, director of the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships at Mills College, says the controversy is often fueled by misconceptions, like that charter schools are private. Seyer-Ochi spoke with KALW’s Holly Kernan.

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6:07pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Why are we becoming less healthy as medicine improves?

Nathanael Johnson grew up in the kind of house where kids ate lots of kale and brown rice, played outside in the woods, and sang together before dinner. His parents tried to raise their kids the “natural” way, and for a long time, he thought that was the best.

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