Producer, Forum

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
News, 203
Mid Level

Position Summary:

Engagement. Audience-focused journalism.  Media literacy.  Civic journalism. In the dynamic and evolving media landscape we live in, buzzwords like those are thrown around as journalists and media outlets try to better connect with their audience.

But at KQED we’ve already built a mechanism that allows and encourages our audience to share and interact with their community in an instantaneous, informed and thoughtful forum, on a daily basis. We provide two hours of news and public affairs on our Forum show. In the first hour, hosted by Alexis Madrigal, we focus on local news and what is important to Bay Area audiences. In the second hour, hosted by Mina Kim, we broaden our lens to the full state and bring in conversations and discussions with audiences across California. Both hours focus heavily on breaking news as well as lively discussions of politics, social issues, arts, and culture. It does this on air, online, in social and in-person every weekday for two hours. We are also developing new strategies and growth for podcast, on-demand and digital audiences to participate in this civic dialogue.

The Producer is a key and critical decision maker on the show and responsible for planning and developing the program’s topics, sources and issue research. The Producer also participates in the production of special radio and online series and projects and coordinates work with other news and public affairs units, including KQED News, The California Report, and Newsroom. The Forum Producer promotes citizen engagement in the program through targeted use of social media channels.


Salary range information will be provided to applicants who are contacted for an interview

One of our core values at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to learning, growth, and holding ourselves accountable. We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Essential Functions:

  • Participates in the planning, development and execution of program content, topics and issues and in selecting guests to appear on daily program.
  • Coordinates program activities during live on-air broadcasts of Forum, including screening callers and directing live program.
  • Pre-interviews news sources and prepares background information and other editorial material for host.
  • Writes scripts for the Forum host and prepares draft interview questions.
  • Participates in special coverage, broadcasting and online activities with other KQED news and public affairs staff.
  • Conducts phone and online research as required.
  • Selects and edits sound elements for use in daily program.
  • Continues the program’s conversation online through use of social media networks
  • Utilizes social media channels to promote citizen awareness and participation and to inform program content.
  • Helps maintain and expand the program’s database of sources.
  • Helps maintain files and records of productions.
  • Assists in coordinating intern assignments and supervision.
  • Participates in coordinating Forum promotional events with appropriate KQED staff
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in journalism, or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to conduct telephone interviews, gather facts and cover a wide range of public affairs topics in a fair and innovative manner.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Strong news judgment.
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines.
  • Excellent communications skills.  Ability to communicate clearly with a variety of individuals. Experience working with communities that reflect Northern California’s diversity.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Working knowledge of a range of significant public affairs issues and subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs, the environment and cultural community life.  Demonstrated interest in literature and the arts preferred.


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.



Apply for this position

Apply with Indeed
We've received your resume. Click here to update it.
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.