Matt Martin
Dear listeners,

I'm very glad to announce that after a thorough search, we have selected KALW's next General Manager.  

Her name is Tina Pamintuan. For more than a decade, she has led the Audio Journalism program in the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, a program she founded and grew.  

Tina came to journalism through an internship at NPR, and over the next six years, she worked as an editor and producer for Morning Edition's Radio Expeditions and NPR's cultural desk. In that time, she founded Xtreme Youth Zone Media, a training program for Washington, DC teenagers. She also served as Editor at Open City Magazine, a publication covering Asian American immigrant neighborhoods in New York City.

Tina has impressed me as smart and down-to-earth, willing to do the work, and possessing the skills to be an excellent representative for KALW in the larger community. Her values are aligned with those already active at the station, and I believe she has the knowledge and drive to take KALW forward.

Because of her commitment to complete her work at CUNY, I will continue as GM through Labor Day. Over the summer, I will do everything I can to share what I know and lay the groundwork for a smooth transition in September. 

After 12 years as KALW's General Manager, it means a lot to me to bring in a new leader I'm excited about. I invite you to start to get to know Tina Pamintuan by reading her message below, and by tuning in today at 5pm, when she will be my guest on a special Manager's Report to the Listeners. And if you miss that conversation live, it will be archived at

Thank you for all the support you have given KALW, and me as its leader. This station is a rare and inspiring public resource, and it is the commitment of the community that has kept it strong and which will make its future bright.

With gratitude,
Matt Martin
General Manager
Tina Pamintuan
Dear KALW Community,
I arrived with my husband in the Bay Area in the summer of 2016. We were newly married and with little compass for the place we had decided to make a home. As I do whenever I'm in a new city, I turned on the radio. We quickly found KALW, and, as the weeks and months progressed, it became our soundtrack as we unpacked suitcases and set up our life on the West Coast.

To find myself in a position where I can help shape this cultural resource and its sound, as well as help chart its trajectory, is both energizing and humbling.
Over the last few months, I've enjoyed meeting and talking with GM Matt Martin, SFUSD's Gentle Blythe, and many of the staff at KALW. But there are many more of you whom I haven't met and I sincerely hope to meet over my tenure at the station. Whether it's simply a "hi" in an email introducing yourself and letting me know what keeps you dialed into KALW, or a call on the air letting us know about a program preference, I look forward to connecting.

In these conversations, I hope we will learn about one another, discuss what drives our passion for public media, and, of course, imagine together what can be for this singular radio station.
The KALW community is a special one; brought together by its love for community powered radio and independent media. At the top of my priority list is to build this media outlet's infrastructure so that staff and volunteers can continue to expand their reporting in our local communities and neighborhoods, train new voices in media, and bring intelligent discussions and thoughtful programming to air. I can only do this with the help of the community that built this station and the people like you who make up both its history and its future.

Tina Pamintuan
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