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Staff Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
Statement
I am an award-winning Armenian-American journalist and the editor + publisher of The Blunt Post. I am also the host and co-producer of my national headline news + politics program, THE BLUNT POST with VIC on KPFK 90.7 FM (Pacifica Network).

My prime-time show covers breaking & headline news, offers analysis & commentary, and interviews a member of Congress and other high-profile public figures. It airs on Mondays at 6:00 a.m. (PT) + Livestream at KPFK.org.

A few of my recent guests include Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Adam Schiff (10.19.20), Congressman Adam Schiff (3.30.20), Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congresswoman Katie Porter, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Mark Takano, Congressman Jim Costa, Congressman Gil Cisneros, Congresswoman Norma Torres, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Congressman Raul Ruiz + Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congressman Alan Lowenthal, as well as Marianne Williamson. Please click this link for all my interviews.

I am also a contributor for some of the most prominent publications in the nation, including Windy City Times, Bay Area Reporter, California Courier, OUT Traveler, and The Advocate Magazine, among others.

Today reaching national, international audiences, I built a foundation of knowledge and skills by learning the media industry during my years at Frontiers Magazine, followed by positions at LA Weekly and Voice Media Group. For the second time, I was selected as a finalist in the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards “Columnist of the Year” category in 2019, having first made the final round in 2017. I was also a finalist in record seven (7) categories for the 62nd Annual Southern CA Journalism Awards in 2020.

The Wall Street Journal featured me as a “leading gay activist” in its landmark 2008 coverage of opposition to Proposition 8, the ballot measure that for years denied same-sex couples in California the freedom to marry. In addition to my years of volunteer work as a leading advocate for marriage equality, I later served as a Planning Committee member for the historic Resist March in 2017.

In 2015, I was referenced in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

I am a very proud programmer for KPFK, but more importantly, I am a longtime listener. KPFK is a rare and treasured institution that should be cherished, protected, and grow to its highest potential. I tell anyone who has not heard of KPFK before but listens to NPR that the station is so progressive, independent, and unfiltered that we make NPR sound like Fox ‘News.’

Growing the station’s audience, engaging with younger generations, and funding would be my top priorities. KPFK is and should be broadly known as the bastion of truth, progressive thought, and independent journalism devoid of disinformation, propaganda, and outside influence.
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  I will utilize my comprehensive experience in media, marketing, public relations, strategic partnership, activism, and community engagement to help KPFK overcome its current challenges and thrive in the coming years.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  KPFK is a rare and treasured institution that should be cherished, protected, and grow to its highest potential. I tell anyone who has not heard of KPFK before but listens to NPR that the station is so progressive, independent, and unfiltered that we make NPR sound like Fox ‘News.’
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  More outreach to younger generations to increase the station's audience. Better social media management.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Growing the station’s audience, engaging with younger generations, and funding would be my top priorities. KPFK is and should be broadly known as the bastion of truth, progressive thought, and independent journalism devoid of disinformation, propaganda, and outside influence.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  A skilled and aggressive development professional should make a long list of patrons of journalism, democracy, and independent though and go after them to become patrons of KPFK. Increasing the station's audience with new and younger listeners will naturally generate more donations.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I truly treasure KPFK and would not take on this immense responsibility without knowing that I can help the station. I'm type-A, a grassroots activist, and someone who goes above and beyond. I will do everything that I can to help improve the station and thrive in years to come. Thank you for your consideration.
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