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After Dinner Speaker | Current Events | Humor | Media | Politics | Moderator
Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host and senior editor of KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business and technology.
Before coming to KQED Public Radio in 1993, Dr. Krasny hosted a night-time talk program for KGO Radio and co-anchored the weekly KGO television show Nightfocus. He hosted Bay TV's Take Issue, a nightly news analysis show, programs for KQED Public Televison, KRON television and National Public Radio, and did news commentary for KTVU television.
Since 1970 Michael Krasney has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and is a widely published scholar, critic as well as a fiction writer. He has worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector, and as moderator for a host of major non-profit events.
Michael Krasny is a regular contributor to Mother Jones magazine, which has published his fiction, literary criticism and political commentary. His frequent lectures cover literature, culture, politics, humor, Judaica, and the arts. Michael Krasney has worked as a corporate facilitator with Raychem Corporation, Pacific Bell, Visa International, Sun Microsystems, Shaman Pharmaceuticals, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, the Silicon Valley's Tech Museum, and as narrator/interviewer for the Telly Award-winning film, Life Shouldn't Hurt, produced by Cogent Communications for Medtronic Corporation.
Dr. Michael Krasny has interviewed many of the leading newsmakers and cultural icons of our time, including Saul Bellow, former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Francis Crick, John Kenneth Galbraith, Newt Gingrich, Jane Goodall, Rosa Parks, Robert Redford, Salman Rushdie, Carl Sagan, Susan Sontag, Gloria Steinem, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Norman Mailer, William Safire, Tom Stoppard, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He has conducted on-stage interviews with Isabel Allende, Saul Bellow, Richard Dawkins, Robert Redford, Cokie Roberts, Jane Smiley, and Jon Voight.
Michael Krasny is the recipient of many awards and honors, including: The SY Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Distinction, The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism, The Inclusiveness in Media Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice, the Media Alliance Award for Meritorious Achievement, the Silver Medallion Award from the California Bar Association, the Media Award from the Northern California Public Health Association, the National Public Radio Award from the American Publishers Association, the Award for Animal Rights Coverage from the National Humane Society, and a Koret Foundation Fellowship. He has been named best talk show host by Focus magazine, a number of San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, The San Francisco Publicity Club and Citysearch.
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