SPEAKER: Michael Krasny, professor of English, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, University of California, San Francisco; talk-show host KQED radio, Forum; Author, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life
In Conversation with Phil Bronstein, The Center for Investigative Reporting
TITLE: The News about the News: A Conversation with Michael Krasny
DATE: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
TIME: 7 p.m. cash bars and hors d’oeuvres | 8:00 p.m. program
PLACE: The Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley
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KQED’s Award-winning "Forum" host Michael Krasny will tell us why he cares deeply for the way media conveys information and news today. He will be in conversation with noted journalist Phil Bronstein on this important topic.
The renowned talk show host is also currently a professor of English at San Francisco State University and a widely published literary scholar and fiction writer. Krasny has been a host for a number of different program’s including NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” other NPR programs, Bay TV’s “Take Issue,” a nighttime talk program at KGO Radio, programs at KQED Public Television, and KRON television. He also did news commentary for KTVU television, and anchored “Nightfocus,” a weekly program on KGO television. Krasny has interviewed many prominent people from former president Jimmy Carter, Hilary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi and Noam Chomsky to Robert Redford and Caesar Chavez. Focus Magazine, Citysearch and The San Francisco Publicity Club have named Krasny “best talk show host.” Krasny has won the Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism and The S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Distinction. As a host, professor, scholar, and writer, Krasny has spent decades discussing topics ranging from life’s most important questions to the ones we ask ourselves at 3:00 in the morning.
Krasny debuted in the late 1970s as the host of “Beyond the Hot Tub,” a Marin County talk show on KTIM-FM. He then went on to host a popular radio program on KGO (AM). Krasny became the host of Forum in 1993, expanding the focus of the program to national affairs..
In his new book In Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest, Krasny embarks upon a personal and universal journey that welcomes all readers to ask their own questions. Unlike those who adamantly say “No!” or “Yes!” to the notion of god, Krasny says he knows that he does not know.
Krasny received his B.A. cum laude and M.A. from Ohio University. He also holds a Ph.D. in twentieth century American literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.