KQED is a PBS affiliate public television station serving the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media. KQED provides citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions, convenes community dialogue, brings the arts to everyone, and engages audiences to share their stories. Helping students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration, exposing them to new people, places, and ideas.
Michael IsipVice President, KQED Television
Michael oversees local and national television production and programming for KQED. Michael has 18 years broadcast media experience, with eight years in senior management. He is currently a member of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley Fellow program. Michael is also on the Board of Directors for Pacific Islanders in Communications and the PBS documentary series P.O.V. Other fellowships include the PBS Diversity Committee, the National Association of Broadcasters, a Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health, and a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health. The Father’s Day Council and the American Diabetes Association named him a 2006 “Father of the Year” honoree for the Bay Area.
Michael SchwarzPreproduction Producer/Director
Michael founded Kikim Media in 1996 after working for 20 years in public television, first as an independent producer and then as part of the senior management team at KQED. Schwarz’s work has been honored with some of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, including three national Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for Investigative Journalism, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, Red and Blue Ribbons from the American Film Festival, four awards for Excellence in Local Broadcasting from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Grand Prize in the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for Coverage of the Disadvantaged, and numerous Ciné Golden Eagles and local Emmys.
Marty KoughanPreproduction Writer
Marty is a seasoned writer, producer, and director. Having worked with numerous broadcasters over the years, from Walter Cronkite to Dan Rather, Marty most recently has worked with Bill Moyers. Winner of several Emmy Awards, Marty has produced programs for National Geographic and Frontline.