The Science of Sustainability

(in alphabetical order)

Jason Black

Series Manager

portraitJason enrolled in the Marine Corps for four years and led troops through cold weather training in Norway, France, and joint operations warfare training in Spain, Italy, Egypt, and Turkey. Jason graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Film & Digital Media and has been producing feature films, commercials, and music videos professionally ever since. Invited to join the Directors Guild of America union as a unit production manager in 2003, he then co-founded a production services corporation in Los Angeles called Blue Cactus Pictures. Blue Cactus was the producing company for fifteen feature films in four years. Black's films have screened in numerous international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Pusan, Milan, and Toronto. Black is thrilled to join the extraordinary QUEST Science and Environment team at KQED.


Joshua Cassidy

Multimedia Producer, Science & Environment

portraitJoshua received his BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University. He went on to participate in marine mammal research for NOAA, USGS, and the Intersea Foundation. From 2002-2004 he served as the president of The Pacific Cetacean Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students K-6 about whales. In 2004 he decided to pursue wildlife filmmaking, and studied video production at San Francisco State University. Joshua is currently a graduate student in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program at Montana State University.


Sevda Eris

Media Publicist and Community Outreach Coordinator, Science & Environment

portraitSevda has worked at KQED previously as an outreach coordinator in TV Productions for such documentaries as "Coastal Clash" and "Hope on the Street" and has returned to KQED after taking time off to raise her two young girls. Sevda has more than seven years of experience managing media and public relations for a variety of international organizations, including the World Bank, America Online and the American-Turkish Council. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has been pursuing her longtime interest in documentary filmmaking. Sevda holds a B.A. in communication from U.C. San Diego and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.


Andrea Kissack

Senior Editor, Science & Environment

portraitAndrea was born in Los Angeles and discovered radio news through listening to her college radio station. With a curious mind and a love for telling stories, she set off for Tampa where she landed her first job as a reporter for Florida Public Radio. After three years reporting in an unbearably humid climate and a brief stint as a miscast opera reporter, Andrea returned to L.A. to work for public radio, then for television news and finally as a reporter for CBS radio. Andrea has been at KQED for twelve years, working first as a producer for Forum, and then as the senior producer for The California Report. She also produced Health Dialogues and other projects. For the past five years Andrea has served as Senior Editor for QUEST radio and narrates the QUEST television program. She says she feels lucky to cover emerging science and environmental trends in a place where geek is chic.


Sue Ellen McCann

Executive Producer, Science & Environment

portraitSue Ellen joined KQED Public Broadcasting in 1999 and is the Executive Producer for numerous documentaries and programs at KQED. She first became interested in science and the environment in her 7th grade biology class and on her first job as an after school lab assistant. Currently, Sue Ellen acts as the Executive Producer for QUEST and Truly CA, a documentary series of eclectic stories about California. Many of the programs she has worked on have been honored with a variety of awards, including Academy Award nomination, and local and national Emmys. Prior to working at KQED, Sue Ellen operated Studio Miramar, an independent production company with her husband, and at the Center for Investigative Reporting were she worked on documentaries for PBS. She is a distinguished alumnus of Sonoma State University where she graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies and she received a MA from the San Francisco Art Institute.


Craig Miller

Editor, Science & Environment

portraitCraig Miller is KQED's Science Editor. A multi-faceted journalist at home on either end of the microphone, he brings three decades of diverse experience to KQED's science coverage. Prior to his current assignment, Craig led the team that launched KQED’s award-winning Climate Watch project in 2008. From producing and directing documentaries on public television to his reporting for outlets such as CNN and National Geographic Channel, Craig's background makes him uniquely suited to help lead KQED's Science and Environment editorial team. As a radio correspondent for KQED's The California Report, Craig has reported extensively on environmental and resource issues facing California and the American West.


Jessica Neely

Project Manager, Science Education

portraitJessica, an Oakland native, joined KQED in 2004 for the R&D and pilot phases of QUEST. She is a graduate from UC Davis with a Bachelors of Science in Evolution and Ecology and holds a single subject teaching credential in Biology and General Science from Mills College. She began her career at the Sacramento Zoo in educational programming and outreach. She then taught high school science at San Lorenzo High School for four years where for three years she was the Science Department Chair. Jessica ran the national educational outreach for the first season of Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures in 2006 and returned to QUEST as the science education guru.


Jenny Oh

Interactive Producer, Science & Environment

portraitFormerly a television Associate Producer with QUEST, Jenny looks forward to continuing her cross-platform collaboration with the project as member of the interactive team. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel and HBO. She also blogs for Bay Area Bites and is an avid cyclist in the Bay Area.


Linda Peckham

TV Series Editor

Linda Peckham, EditorLinda joined QUEST in season 3, after 4 years as series editor of KQED's arts show “Spark.” She finds splicing science stories equally creative, because the multi-talented team delivers fascinating footage to the edit room. (In her opinion scientists have cornered the 3D animation market.) Linda has been a freelance documentary editor in the Bay Area for 20 years, cutting programming for national and local broadcast, most recently the first hour of NOVA's new series on quantum physics, “Fabric of the Cosmos”. She has edited many social justice documentaries, including the PBS hour “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” and Independent Lens' Emmy-nominated “Tulia, Texas”. Born in South Africa, she grew up attuned to the exploitation around her—of both people and the environment; she left South Africa to study film believing it to be the medium that most inspires change. Linda taught Aesthetics of Editing at BAVC, has a B.A. in Film and an M.F.A. in Writing, and has published essays in film journals and anthologies.


Gabriela Quirós

TV Producer, KQED Science & Environment

portraitGabriela started her journalism career in 1993 as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has shared two regional Emmys, and three of her stories have been nominated for the award as well. Independent from her work on QUEST, she is producing an hour-long documentary for PBS about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in-vitro fertilization.


Paul Rogers

Managing Editor, Science & Environment

portraitIn addition to his role at KQED, Paul also works as the Natural Resources & Environment Writer at the San Jose Mercury News. Since 1989 at the newspaper, he has covered issues including logging, ocean issues, air pollution, energy, water policy, endangered species, toxics, and global warming. Paul was part of the Mercury News team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and other newspapers. Paul also has taught environmental journalism at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and at the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. From 2001 to 2010, he served as chairman of the board of the Institutes of Journalism and Natural Resources, a non-profit group based in Montana that provides training to reporters to improve environmental journalism. He lives in Santa Cruz, with his wife, Leigh Poitinger.


Craig Rosa

Senior Interactive Producer, Science & Environment

portraitCraig is responsible for the integration of traditional and web-based media across all QUEST platforms, as well as ongoing production of web-only content features. Prior to joining KQED in October of 2006, he spent 11 years with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, where he worked to create innovative educational visitor experiences online and within the museum space. He was also responsible for the museum's Information Services operations. He began his informal science interpretation career at the Brooklyn Children's Museum as an Assistant Exhibit Developer and Greenhouse Program Coordinator. Craig has a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.


Sheraz Sadiq

TV and Interactive Producer, Science & Environment

portraitSheraz has been at KQED since 2000, when he was hired to work on "No Turning Back", a National Emmy Award-winning documentary about political asylum. From 2002 to 2004, he worked on the national PBS program, FRONTLINE/World, contributing original content to its award-winning web site. At KQED he has co-produced documentaries on subjects ranging from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to health care and immigration. His freelance credits include the nationally released documentary, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" In addition to producing TV segments for QUEST on topics ranging from synthetic biology to astronomy, Sheraz has also reported on breaking science stories for KQED News. He is a recipient of the USC/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship and the WETA News Academy Fellowship, and a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Film and Psychology.


Molly Samuel

Multimedia Producer, Science & Environment

portraitMolly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming KQED Science’s Multimedia Producer, she was a producer for Climate Watch. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.


Lauren Sommer

Radio Reporter, Science & Environment

portraitAs part of the QUEST team, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, hunted for newts in the rain, and desperately tried to get her sea legs – all in the pursuit of good radio. Originally from the Bay Area, Lauren attended Cornell University and has a background in environmental policy. Before joining KQED, Lauren cruised bunny slopes as a ski instructor in Tahoe, California and ate croissants in France as a travel writer for Frommer's. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Adventure and Sierra magazine and on Marketplace and NPR's Morning Edition.


Amy Standen

Radio Reporter, Science & Environment

portraitBack before the Internet existed, Amy became hooked on radio while traveling through India with only a shortwave and the BBC connecting her to the outside world. After returning to the States, she learned to cut tape interning for a Latin American news show at WBAI in New York, before taking her first radio job as a producer for Pulse of the Planet. Since then, Amy has been an editor at Salon.com, the editor of Terrain Magazine, and has produced for All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Living on Earth, Philosophy Talk, and other shows. She's also a founding editor of Meatpaper Magazine.


Andrea Swensrud

Project Supervisor, Science Education

portraitAndrea joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. 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.


Quest Staff Alumni

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