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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5:58pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

San Bruno settles lawsuit with PG&E

Damage from the San Bruno PG&E pipeline explosion.
Thomas Hawk, Flickr

PG&E announced it will pay the city of San Bruno $70 million in restitution from pipeline explosion of September 2010, which killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. Jim Ruane is the mayor of San Bruno, which has a population of about 40,000 people. KALW's Holly Kernan spoke with Ruane about what the settlement means for the city. 

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5:43pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Education

Documentary examines how mainstream media hurts young women

Miss Representation is a new film about the rapid proliferation of media in the 21st Century and how it affects young boys and girls. The film notes that the reach of media today is unprecedented and more pervasive than ever before – and it may be presenting a very skewed portrayal of what it means to be female. Women are only 16 percent of the protagonists in movies and, Miss Representation argues, girls are encouraged by ads, TV and films to achieve an unrealistic standard of beauty at younger and younger ages. Here are some girls talking about how images are affecting them:

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4:01pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Listeners weigh in on the Occupy movement

Thousands of students and other protesters converged on the Capitol today to protest cuts to public education. Tuition and fees at the University of California 10 campuses are up 21 percent this year, according to the College Board. Students and faculty say the constant cost increases are pricing out most Californians.

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2:45pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Revisiting Richmond's boxcar village

Emily DeCory’s family was one of many Laguna tribe families that moved to Richmond, California, to work on the railroad.

Some of the first people in the Bay Area were Native Americans – members of the Ohlone tribe, who settled around what is now the city of Richmond. Beginning in the 1920s, another group of Native people found their way to the Bay Area. They were migrants from the Acoma and Laguna tribes of the Southwest. When they arrived, they took up an unusual living arrangement: in boxcars, parked on the dead ends of the city’s railroad tracks.

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4:04pm

Thu February 9, 2012

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