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KQED Names New Senior Leadership

Martin and Isip join northern California public media organization

(L-R) Kevin Martin, John Boland, Michael Isip

Public radio and television broadcaster KQED President John Boland announced two new senior level appointments today for the Northern California public media organization.

Kevin Martin, who has more than two decades of experience as an executive in the national public media system, has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer. He is currently vice president of station grants and system development at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Michael Isip, who is currently vice president of television at KQED, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief content officer.

They will report directly to Boland and will have responsibility for majority of KQED’s staff and operations. Both appointments are effective May 5.

Martin has previously held COO and CFO positions at public media stations in Dallas (KERA) and St. Paul (Twin Cities Public Television) and started his public media career as the director of finance and operations at Independent Television Service.

Isip has 18 years of content experience, including eight years as a senior manager at KQED. He already oversees the KQED Science multimedia unit. He led the recent creation of the KQED Arts unit and will consolidate all KQED News staff under an executive editor to be hired soon.

Martin and Isip join the leadership of one of the dual-licensee for NPR and PBS. KQED provides the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area with national and international content alongside regional programming. KQED Public Radio is one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the country with more than 775,000 listeners per week.

“I look forward to building and leading a new public media model where multiplatform units innovate across television, radio and digital,” said Isip.

KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area) and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey) and KQED(FM) in San Francisco and Sacramento.