About KQED Science

KQED Science is the largest multimedia science and environment journalism and education unit in Northern California. KQED Science explores science and environment news, trends and events from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond with its award-winning, multimedia reporting on television, radio and the Web. KQED Science also produces educator resources and actively engages in community outreach around science and environment issues.

KQED Science radio reporter Lauren Sommer reporting on the Ivanpah solar project. More than 170,000 mirrors will focus the sun’s heat on three towers where it will turn water into steam.
KQED Science radio reporter Lauren Sommer reporting on the Ivanpah solar project. More than 170,000 mirrors will focus the sun’s heat on three towers where it will turn water into steam.

KQED Science was formed in October of 2012 as a result of KQED’s commitment to increasing science news coverage and the consolidation of KQED’s two award-winning science and environment focused multimedia series, QUEST and Climate Watch.

KQED Science covers breaking science news on the radio, web and social media. It also produces weekly radio features and reports; the award-winning YouTube video series Deep Look; and resources for science teachers and other educators. KQED’s science journalists have more than 35 years of combined experience covering critical issues around climate change, California water and renewable energy, and are committed to telling stories that distinguish truth from falsehood, offer concrete solutions and make sense of complicated science.

Community Engagement

KQED Science is also committed to increasing science literacy through fostering dialogue around science and environment issues. KQED Science organizes and participates in public science-related events and works closely with its community partners which include world-renowned science and environment institutions, and prominent formal and informal education partners to advance a richer understanding of science.

Editorial Guidelines

KQED Science follows strict editorial guidelines that have been adopted from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Public Radio (NPR) and uses these guidelines to maintain the integrity of its information and the essential noncommercial nature of its reporting. All of these efforts are directed toward fulfilling KQED’s mission to provide high-quality, noncommercial media that inform, educate and entertain.

Media producer Josh Cassidy and QUEST Executive producer Jason Black filming Science on the SPOT’s short video, “Shadows and Spiders : A Secret Cave in California.”
Media producer Josh Cassidy and QUEST Executive producer Jason Black filming Science on the SPOT’s short video, “Shadows and Spiders : A Secret Cave in California.”

KQED Science Staff

(in alphabetical order)



Jon Brooks

Digital Editor, Science

Jon-Brooks-PhotoJon Brooks is KQED's Science Digital Editor. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.


Joshua Cassidy

Digital Video Producer

portraitJoshua is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science, and the Lead Producer and Cinematographer for Deep Look. After receiving his BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University, he went on to participate in marine mammal research for NOAA, USGS and the Intersea Foundation. He also served as the president of The Pacific Cetacean Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students K-6 about whales. Josh studied science and natural history filmmaking at San Francisco State University and Montana State University.


Sevda Eris

Director of Audience Engagement, Science 

portraitSevda has over 15 years of expertise in media and public relations. Sevda first joined KQED in 2002 organizing  screening events for documentaries such as  Hope on the Street, Coastal Clash and The New Americans.  After taking some time off to raise her two young daughters, she returned to KQED in 2006 to work on publicity and community outreach for KQED’s multimedia science series QUEST. Before moving to San Francisco, Sevda worked for a variety of organizations, including America Online, the American-Turkish Council and the World Bank. Sevda  loves to travel and has lived abroad in several countries including Australia, Italy, Spain and Turkey.  She enjoys documentary film and photography and is curious about all things art, nature and science related. Sevda holds a B.A. in communication from U.C. San Diego and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.


Lauren Farrar

Education Media Producer

portraitLauren has a background in biology, education, and filmmaking. She has had the privilege to work on a diverse array of educational endeavors. Lauren's career has taken her to the deepest parts of the ocean to film deep sea hydrothermal vents for classroom webcasts, into the pool to film synchronized swimmers to teach about the pH scale, and on roller coasters to create a video about activation energy. And, she’s done it all for the sake of education. Lauren loves communicating science! Follow her on Twitter: @LFarrarAtWork


Teodros Hailye

Information Designer

portraitTeodros joined KQED in 2016 to design interactive and motion graphics for the KQED Science team. Before KQED, he was a multidisciplinary designer at industrial and entertainment studios in Los Angeles. He received a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design with a focus on 3D modeling and CAD. In addition to being an asteroid mining geek, he's an avid backpacker and volunteer with pit bulls and large dogs at Oakland Animal Services.


Derek Lartaud

Education Media Producer

portraitDerek Lartaud came to the Bay Area after nearly five years of researching schizophrenia and diabetes at Yale University. Determined to tell visual stories, he’s worked for the BBC, Al Jazeera America, TIME, PBS, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in journalism. When not holding a camera or editing a story, he’s trying to rebuild his 1969 Honda CL350.


Sue Ellen McCann

Executive in Charge, Science

portraitSue Ellen McCann is the Executive in Charge of Science at KQED, the public broadcasting station in San Francisco. The KQED team is the largest science journalism unit in California producing science news and features for TV, radio, web and social media as well as professional development for educators and interactive products for learning environments. Sue Ellen specializes in multi-platform productions working on local and national public media projects and content audience engagement strategies.

Lesley McClurg

Radio Reporter

portraitLesley is a radio reporter covering medicine, space and environment for KQED Science. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Latino USA, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Previously, she covered food and sustainability for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. She began her media career at KCTS Television in Seattle. You can find her on Twitter at @lesleywmcclurg.


Craig Miller

Editor Emeritus, Science

portraitCraig Miller is KQED's Science Editor. A multi-faceted journalist at home on either end of the microphone, he brings three decades of diverse experience to KQED's science coverage. Prior to his current assignment, Craig led the team that launched KQED’s award-winning Climate Watch project in 2008. From producing and directing documentaries on public television to his reporting for outlets such as CNN and National Geographic Channel, Craig's background makes him uniquely suited to help lead KQED's Science and Environment editorial team. As a radio correspondent for KQED's The California Report, Craig has reported extensively on environmental and resource issues facing California and the American West.


Jenny Oh

Digital Media Producer

portraitJenny is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science's Deep Look online video series. She was also a long-time contributor to Bay Area Bites, KQED's popular food blog. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel, HBO and the University of California.


Gabriela Quirós

Co-ordinating Producer

portraitGabriela started her journalism career in 1993 as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has shared two regional Emmy Awards, and nine of her stories have been nominated for the award as well. Independent from her work on QUEST, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in vitro fertilization. The film is airing nationally on public television stations in 2015.


Paul Rogers

Managing Editor, Science

portraitIn addition to his role at KQED, Paul also works as the Natural Resources & Environment Writer at the San Jose Mercury News. Since 1989 at the newspaper, he has covered issues including logging, ocean issues, air pollution, energy, water policy, endangered species, toxics, and global warming. Paul was part of the Mercury News team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and other newspapers. Paul also has taught environmental journalism at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and at the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. From 2001 to 2010, he served as chairman of the board of the Institutes of Journalism and Natural Resources, a non-profit group based in Montana that provides training to reporters to improve environmental journalism. He lives in Santa Cruz, with his wife, Leigh Poitinger.


Craig Rosa

Senior Digital Editor, Science

portraitCraig is responsible for the integration of traditional and web-based media across all Science platforms, as well as ongoing production of web-only content features. He is also the Series Producer for KQED's award-winning science web video series Deep Look on YouTube. Prior to joining KQED in October of 2006, he spent 11 years with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, where he worked to create innovative educational visitor experiences online and within the museum space. He was also responsible for the museum's Information Services operations. He began his informal science interpretation career at the Brooklyn Children's Museum as an Assistant Exhibit Developer and Greenhouse Program Coordinator. Craig has a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.


Mike Seely

Producer, Science

portraitMike is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science and Post Production Coordinator for Deep Look. Prior to his work at KQED, he worked independently for 15 years as a director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films about art, science, and social issues, collaborating with independent directors, corporate clients, non-profits, digital and broadcast networks. Previous to filmmaking life, he majored in biology as an undergrad at Oberlin College, and worked as a wildlife biologist on bird and seal population studies in California. He also holds an M.A. in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.


Kat Snow

Senior Editor, Science

portraitKat works with a talented team of reporters to shape KQED's award-winning radio and web journalism. Over two decades in public radio, Kat has worked as a news director, editor, reporter, newscaster and talk show host. She learned radio at community station KMUN in Astoria, Oregon, and worked at KBOO and OPB in Portland, then covered government, ecology, mental health, religion, water and land use battles at KUER in Salt Lake City. Her work has appeared on NPR, Minnesota Public Radio and MonitorRadio, and in The Atlantic and Newsweek. Kat has a BA in International Relations from Pomona College and an MA in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she works as a public speaking coach. She loves hiking, camping and movement, and teaches Soul Motion(TM), a conscious dance practice.


Lauren Sommer

Radio Reporter, Science

portraitAs part of the Science News team, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, hunted for newts in the rain, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in the pursuit of good radio. Originally from the Bay Area, Lauren attended Cornell University and has a background in environmental policy. Before joining KQED, Lauren cruised bunny slopes as a ski instructor in Tahoe, California and ate croissants in France as a travel writer for Frommer's. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Adventure and Sierra magazine and on Marketplace and NPR's Morning Edition.

Kevin Stark

Digital Producer, Science

Kevin Stark

Kevin is a digital producer for KQED Science. His journalism career began in the Pacific Northwest, and he later became a lead reporter for the San Francisco Public Press. Kevin has reported from melting glaciers in Mongolia, electric buses in Chicago, a coal plant in Wisconsin, toxic waste sites in Indiana, and a desk at KQED. His work has appeared in Pacific Standard magazine, the Energy News Network, the Center for Investigative Reporting's Reveal, and WBEZ in Chicago. Follow him on twitter @starkkev. Send him an email at kstark@kqed.org.


Danielle Venton

Editor, Science

portraitDanielle Venton is an editor for KQED Science. Her stores have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, Here & Now and The Takeaway.

Danielle joined KQED in 2015 as a fill-in host. She has worked at KRCB-FM in Sonoma County and at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Danielle is a graduate of the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. Her written work has appeared in WIRED, Nature, Popular Mechanics and High Country News. Danielle's interests span everything under the skies, but also the skies themselves.

Find her on Twitter @danielleventon or write her at dventon@KQED.org.


Community Partners

Aquarium of the Bay

Bay Area Science Festival(UCSF)

California Academy of Sciences

Chabot Space and Science Center

East Bay Regional Park District

The Exploratorium

Girl Scouts of Northern California

Gladstone Institutes (UCSF)

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Hall of Science

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Oakland Zoo

Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Tech Museum of Innovation

University of California at Berkeley Natural History Museums

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


Contact Us

We would like to hear your thoughts about KQED Science on television, radio, the web, and in the classroom. Send your comments to:

KQED Science
2601 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 553-3360

To give us feedback and pitch your story ideas email us at: science@kqed.org

Formal and informal educators who would like to find out more about our educator resources and our teacher institutes should email: ScienceEd@kqed.org.

You can also find out more via our Pressroom.


QUEST & KQED Science Staff Alumni


Jeanette Aguilar, Science and Environment Manager

Andrea Aust, Senior Manager, Science Education

Chris Bauer, Media Producer

Ifanyi Bell, Associate Media Producer

Jason Black, QUEST Executive Producer

Jen Brady, Audience Engagement Producer

Arwen Curry, Associate Producer, Television

Chrissy Farr, Editor and Host, Future of You

Mike Kahn, Hub Content Coordinator

Michael Goode, TV Associate Producer

Shirley Gutierrez, TV Editor

Joan Johnson, TV Associate Producer

Sarah Kass, TV Segment Producer

Elliott Kennerson, Digital Media Producer

Andrea Kissack, Senior Editor, Science

Lindsay Kelliher, TV Associate Producer

Amy Miller, TV Series Producer

Jessica Neely, Project Manager, Science Education

Linda Peckham, TV Editor

David Pierce, Graphic Designer

Johanna Reis, Production and Finance Operations Manager

Suzanne Romaine, Business Manager

Josh Rosen, TV Series Producer

Sheraz Sadiq, TV and Interactive Producer

Molly Samuel, Multimedia Producer

Laurie Schmidt, TV Series Editor

Sandy Schonning, Series Manager

Adam Sopko, Associate Director, Foundation Relations


Amy Standen, Radio Reporter