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QUEST is your source for current, innovative, and diverse science and engineering stories.  We began as a multi-platform project that consisted of a television program, radio reports, online videos, articles and educational materials.  Over the years, we broadened our scope to include public media stations from across the country, but have returned to our Bay Area roots. Now, our team of science educators and producers collaborate to bring you engaging, relevant science resources for educators, students and lifelong learners.

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bio_jblackJason Black

Executive Producer

Jason Black started his entertainment career in feature film as an Assistant Director and was welcomed into the Directors Guild of America as a Unit Production Manager in 2003.

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 In 2002 he founded a production company in Los Angeles called Blue Cactus Pictures, Inc. which was the production engine for fifteen feature films in four years. Over the years Jason has produced feature films, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and educational videos in every format. His projects have screened and garnered awards at various film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and Busan. Jason started in public media at KQED as the Series Manager for the cross-platform KQED Science unit in 2011 before being hired as the Executive Producer of QUEST in 2013. He has spent 4 years in the Marine Corps (1992-1996) and holds a degree in Film and Digital Media with honors from UCSC.


headshotacAdrienne Calo

Lead Coordinating Producer

Adrienne Calo has been a producer of PBS films, specials, and series for the last 12 years.

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 In 2006, she joined the KQED arts series, "Spark" as Coordinating Producer, and became Series Producer in its 6th season. Segments she produced for the series earned her four Northern California Emmy nominations. Adrienne then went on to work with social justice media company The Working Group, serving as a producer on their national PBS film “Not In Our Town; Light In the Darkness”, a portrait of a Long Island community in the aftermath of a hate crime. Most recently, Adrienne was the Coordinating Producer of the national PBS series "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders", which uses music to tell stories about international culture and politics. In the course of her broadcasting career, Adrienne has also contributed to programming for ABC News/Nightline, This Week in Northern California, and Austin City Limits.

Lindsey-photo.jpgLindsey Hoshaw

QUEST Northern California

Lindsey Hoshaw is the coordinating producer for KQED QUEST and a culinary aficionado.

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She passed the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam and wrote her first wine article about boutique Argentine Malbec while living in Buenos Aires. Before joining KQED she collected honeycomb as a beekeeper at Sunset magazine and authored a vegetarian food blog.

AS_square1_160x160.jpgAndrea Aust

Science Education Manager

Andrea is the Science Education Manager for KQED. She joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures.

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Between working on Ocean Adventures and joining the QUEST team, she developed the educational resources for the 4-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Before arriving at KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area.

bio_sue_ellen2Sue Ellen McCann

KQED Executive Producer, Science and Environment

Sue Ellen McCann is an Executive Producer at KQED in charge of Science and Environment.

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She specializes in multi-platform productions and has a long and successful history working on local and national media projects and informal science education initiatives. She is a Co-PI for the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), advisor to the Bay Area Science Festival, a core member of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) and the Vice Chair for the Whitman Institute. She currently serves as the PI for QUEST Beyond Local, a six-station public media science and environment reporting and education collaborative. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

QUEST Alumni

      • Lisa Landers,
        Managing Editor
      • Lucy B. Laffitte,
        Education Manager
      • Anne Glausser,
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Ohio
      • Gary Hochman,
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Nebraska
      • David Huppert,
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST North Carolina
      • Katie Jennings,
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Northwest
      • Andy Soth,
        Coordinating Producer, QUEST Wisconsin
      • Mark Smukler,
        WVIZ/ Ideastream Senior Director of Content
      • Shannon Vickery,
        UNC-TV Director of Productions
      • David Feingold,
        NET Television Assistant General Manager
      • Cathy Dobbins,
        UNC-TV Director of Grants
      • Randy Brinson,
        KCTS 9 Executive Director of Programming
      • Kathy Bissen,
        WPT Director of Production
      • Jessica Neely,
        Education Manager
      • Joshua Cassidy,
        Multimedia Producer, Science & Environment
      • Sevda Eris,
        Media Publicist and Community Outreach Coordinator, Science & Environment
      • Andrea Kissack,
        Senior Editor, Science & Environment
      • Sue Ellen McCann,
        Executive Producer, Science & Environment
      • Craig Miller,
        Editor, Science & Environment
      • Jenny Oh,
        Interactive Producer, Science & Environment
      • Linda Peckham,
        TV Series Editor
      • Gabriela Quirós,
        TV Producer, KQED Science & Environment
      • Paul Rogers,
        Managing Editor, Science & Environment
      • Craig Rosa,
        Senior Interactive Producer, Science & Environment
      • Sheraz Sadiq,
        TV and Interactive Producer, Science & Environment
      • Molly Samuel,
        Multimedia Producer, Science & Environment
      • Lauren Sommer,
        Radio Reporter, Science & Environment
      • Amy Standen,
        Radio Reporter, Science & Environment
      • Andrea Aust,
        Project Supervisor, Science Education
      • Amy Miller,
        TV Series Producer
      • Chris Bauer,
        Media Producer
      • Adam Sopko,
        Associate Director, Foundation Relations
      • Mike Kahn,
        Hub Content Coordinator
      • Michael Goode,
        TV Associate Producer
      • Ifanyi Bell,
        Associate Media Producer
      • Joan Johnson,
        TV Associate Producer
      • Sarah Kass,
        TV Segment Producer
      • Lindsay Kelliher,
        TV Associate Producer
      • Suzanne Romaine,
        Business Manager
      • Josh Rosen,
        TV Series Producer
      • Laurie Schmidt,
        TV Series Editor
      • Sandy Schonning,
        Series Manager

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