I worked at KQED full-time (More than 10 years)
KQED is filled with creative people, the stations carry out an admirable mission; good coverage of interesting public topics, and the company offers decent benefits.
Sometimes it felt as if the higher up in management some went, the less creative and risk taking they became. And culturally competent coverage of marginalized communities was somewhat lacking.
Advice to Management
Loosen up a little bit. Listen to and broadcast the voices of people in the community that live different kinds of lives. Just because they're different doesn't mean they're not as good. Although PBS and NPR's coverage is miles better than the traditional corporate media, it seems you could assign stronger coverage to issues that, while they seem outside of the mainstream, vitally affect the mainstream.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at KQED (San Francisco, CA).
Got a call for an initial phone interview and it went well. Was asked to come in for in-person interviews with several people. Met with several people and asked typical questions about concerns working for a non-profit. Interviews went well except one person who I was supposed to interview for was not there. It appeared they liked me because I was asked to come back in again when the person returned from being out of the office. Office was very quiet with no one talking to each other. Sort of a dark, solemn work environment. However, after the second in-person interview, I was left hanging. I was never called or emailed to give me any sort of update on my status. Very unprofessional.
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