Marty Nemko

Host, Work with Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and inm 2011 and 2012  The Big Idea in's Innovations section and Working it Out on In his 26th year as a career and education coach, he has served 4,000 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate.

He holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies, and two books in 2012, How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 reinventions for a better America.  Those and his 1,000+ articles on career and other issues inform his show. Those articles are archived free on

He has been a repeat guest on many major shows including NPR's Talk of the Nation and The Today Show. Toastmasters names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty was a winner, in part because of his KALW show.



Tue September 3, 2013

How the Media Reveals and Distorts the Realities of Work

On the Sep. 29 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Michael Bernick, the former director of California's Employment Development Department about how work is portrayed and misportrayed in TV sitcoms, movies, TV news, etc.

And you can call in with your career problem or that of someone you care about. In what I call a 3-Minute Workover, I'll do my best to help you take at least a baby-step forward. 

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Sat August 10, 2013

What Does It Take to be a Great Manager and Leader?

On the Aug 11, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I tackle three things:

How to be a great, even beloved, manager and leader? To that end, I'll kick of the discussion by giving the mock talk I'd give to my employees upon getting hired. I'll try to embed principles of best practice.

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Wed August 7, 2013

Office Idiots

On the Aug. 18, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with Ken Lloyd, author of Office Idiots: What to do When Your Workplace is a Jerkplace.  Plus you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover.

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Sat August 3, 2013

Where Will The Jobs Be?

The costs of employing an American continues to grow at the same time as automation and offshoring become ever more tempting to employers. So where will the jobs be, especially the jobs that promise a stable, sustainable living? And what's the broader solution: What's the smartest approaches to encouraging the creation of sustainable jobs?

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Tue July 16, 2013

Jaron Lanier, one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, Comes to KALW

Jaron Lanier may be best known for being the father of virtual reality but in recent years, he's focused on how to reverse the middle class's shrinking. That thinking has culminated in his new book, Who Owns the Future.

I watched Jaron Lanier give a talk on C-Span after which I immediately invited him to appear on Work with Marty Nemko.  I predict he will be among the most interesting guests I've ever had on the program.

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