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MEDIA: My career has been both in print and broadcasting working mostly for alternative newspapers and public radio and TV. I reported on social issues as a writer, program host and commentator. I also served on the KPFA Local Station Board, 2006 – 12 was a rebel on KQED’s then -elected board, 1992 – 98.

ACTIVISM: I wrote and spoke about social issues of the day attempting to get as much information public that isn’t reported in mainstream media. My knowingly controversial selection of topics — as well as experts and others to be interviewed — were often challenged by management in mainstream media. However, they appeared unedited. Unsurprisingly, I did lose some jobs along the way.

Working today, I would be unrelentingly looking into discrimination still rampant in this country, the role of the U.S. in other countries, true causes of poverty and its effects, campaign financing, current law enforcement, the environment and more.

KPFA: During the course of my career I noticed alarming changes in the media landscape. Never abundant, today there are few media outlets that deviate from corporate, government and other power brokers interests and press releases. The world of mainstream media never welcomed those questioning systems. Today that door is slammed and locked.

KPFA is one place that doesn’t happen. As such it is as precious to me as it is to you. We must keep KPFA, our sister stations, and the Pacifica Radio Foundation alive and well. More they must thrive and reach as many people as possible.

The news, perspectives and voices of the full array of our communities must be heard . . . and not by just a few. The word “professionalism” is often disparaged, but our sound needs to be as good as all other radio. I believe it can be. There is no reason that talent can’t be found, mentored, developed. I want to spend my time working to that end. It’s what I understand and can do for the station.

SAVE KPFA PLATFORM: I urge you to read the SaveKPFA platform and our commitment in ensuring local control and progressive programming as well as experimenting with new programming and ideas.

You’ll also find out about SaveKPFA’s accomplishments in recent years and our commitment to raise money for the station as well as finding common ground with those on the board not part of SaveKPFA.

THE FUTURE: We absolutely have to work together to forge a vibrant station and develop full social media involvement now.

Our region, this country, and the world are at a point where things need to change dramatically and soon. We can be a means to spreading needed information and bringing people together.

A REQUEST: Needless to say, please vote for me, Sasha Futran, and the other SaveKPFA candidates, a diverse and talented group bringing a much-needed variety of skills, backgrounds, and communities to the station: SaveKPFA.org

Optional Questions

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
There is now stable leadership in the management staff at KPFA, including a Program Director for the first time in years. I understand that hiring a Development Director is being contemplated and I find that a great idea. Having someone working on raising money and getting the word out about the station is all important for KPFA’s survival and reaching more people. This will allow us to join all aspects of the social media world and keep up with the changes in how people receive information and music.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
There has been an aspect of divisiveness that has gone on for years. The new management has helped lower the temperature and the current board is also in the process of mediating their differences. I would encourage that process so that we can all work together on expanding KPFA rather than being bogged down in the mental and financial distractions those bring to resolving real problems.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I have worked in print and broadcasting writing, on air, and in management. My hope is that the station will begin to use those skills as well as those other board members bring to the station from other fields and areas.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
I would like the station, all the stations within Pacifica, to look over their base of supporters and meet one-on-one with people identified as long time donors and who may have the resources to provide more support. Board members can certainly play a role in those meetings.

Sharing information between stations as to what efforts are effective can also be done to help all the stations learn from one another.

So, what do you think ?