Firdous grew up listening to public radio, listening closely to the stories told through the car radio. Observing and contributing to the culture and societies she is a part of drives her fascination with the media. Her involvement in KBCS marks the beginning of what she hopes will be a career engulfed in storytelling and advocacy.
Margaret Prescod is an activist, author, journalist, and host/producer of the Sojourner Truth radio program out of KPFK, Los Angeles.
Davey D contributes to The Grit on KBCS. He is a host and producer for Hard Knock Radio, the hip hop culture and politics program produced at KPFA, Berkeley, CA.
An award-winning journalist, hip hop historian, deejay, and activist, Davey D grew up in the Bronx and graduated from UC Berkeley.
He writes for the San Jose Mercury News and teaches at San Francisco State.
Davey D speaks at high schools, universities and community centers throughout the country on hip hop, politics, and bridging the digital divide.
Adria was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska but made Washington her home. She graduated from Bates Technical College with a focus in Broadcasting Audio/Video Production. She moved on to advanced video production studies at Bellevue College where she was a work study student in the KBCS news department. Adria enjoys turning raw media into something the audience can relate to, and being a part of the KBCS news team.
When Adria isn’t working or chasing after her kids, she loves designing and creating wearable couture.
Kevin P. Henry has over 30 years of professional experience as a journalist, talk show host, and diversity/equity/inclusion consultant. Kevin’s experience in broadcasting includes hosting the public affairs show, Voices of Diversity, on KBCS-FM, 91.3, and the television show of the same name for Bellevue TV. Kevin also hosted Bellevue Today and Northwest Urban Forum on KKNW-AM, 1150. In addition, he has provided voiceovers for radio and television stations in the Seattle area. As a journalist, Kevin has written for print and online publications, covering entertainment, travel, and social issues. Today, he is a contributor to KBCS-FM and works as a workforce trainer and consultant in the healthcare industry. From 1994-2015, Kevin managed the Diversity Advantage program for the City of Bellevue (WA).
Jesse Callahan is an editor and producer for KBCS’s The Grit. Jesse started collecting records at 12 years old after inheriting his Dad’s record collection. He would spend his weekend at record shops on Seattle’s “The Ave” in the University District. His love for music landed him a job as Music Director at KAOS 89.3 fm in Olympia where he also had a show called Soul Story Hour.
Although Jesse’s radio adventure started with his passion for music, it has since evolved. As an avid radio and podcast listener, Jesse became inspired by radio theatre and story telling. He also has “chops” in music production and interviewing through his radio show and other endeavors. He uses a range of these skills in crafting stories that are hopefully educational, entertaining and/or emotionally engaging for listeners. The invisibility of radio and its power to reach people easily will always inspire Jesse.
Outside of radio, Jesse loves his dog Chance and the game of baseball. He loves the outdoors and has lived and worked in the PNW for his whole life. He also has a passion for digital art.
Gol’s forte is catching people on the street to ask about current affairs. Gol likes to amplify the voices of the communities who are not often featured in the mass media.
Gregory is the KBCS Operations Manager and morning news host, as well as the long-time host of Variations, exploring electronic music and dub.
Co-founder and co-host of Democracy Now, Juan Gonzalez has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987. He is a two-time recipient of the George Polk Award for commentary (1998 and 2010), and the first reporter in New York City to consistently expose the health effects arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks and the cover-up of these hazards by government officials.
He is a founder and past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and a member of NAHJ’s Hall of Fame. During his term as NAHJ president, Gonzalez created the Parity Project, an innovative program that creates partnerships between local communities and media organizations to improve coverage of the Latino community and to recruit and retain more Hispanic journalists. He also spearheaded a successful movement among U.S. journalists to join other citizen groups in opposing the Federal Communications Commission’s deregulation of media ownership restrictions.
A founding member of the Young Lords Party in the 1970s and of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights in 1980s, Gonzalez has twice been named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the country’s most influential Hispanics and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition.
Gonzalez has written four books: Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse, documents cover-ups by Environmental Protection Agency and government officials with regard to health hazards at Ground Zero in New York; Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America; and Roll Down Your Window: Stories of a Forgotten America. His latest book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, co-authored with Joseph Torres, is a landmark narrative history of American media that puts race at the center of the story.
Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk-show host whose shows are available in over a half-billion homes worldwide. He’s the New York Times bestselling, 4-times Project Censored Award winning author of 24 books in print in 17 languages on five continents. Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired by Thom’s book “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight” to make the movie “The 11th Hour” (in which Thom appears), and Warner Brothers is making a movie starring DiCaprio and Robert De Niro from the book Thom co-authored with Lamar Waldron, “Legacy of Secrecy.”
Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (10th the two previous years), and for three of the past five years the #1 most important progressive host, in their “Heavy Hundred” ranking. His radio show is syndicated on for-profit radio stations nationwide by Dial-Global, on non-profit and community stations nationwide by Pacifica, across the entire North American continent on SiriusXM Satellite radio, on cable systems nationwide by Cable Radio Network (CRN), on its own YouTube channel, via Livestream on its own Livestream channel, via subscription podcasts, and through the Thom Hartmann App in the App Store. The radio show is also simulcast as TV in realtime into nearly 40 million US and Canadian homes by the Free Speech TV Network on Dish Network, DirectTV, and cable TV systems nationwide.
His evening TV program, The Big Picture, is wholly owned by his own production company, produced in the RT studios, and licensed to and carried by Free Speech TV in the US and into over 600 million homes in 104 countries by the RT TV network, and distributed worldwide on Hulu.
Thom has spent much of his life working with and for the international Salem relief organization (www.saleminternational.org) and he and his wife Louise founded a community for abused children in New Hampshire (www.facebook.com/nesalemchildrensvillage) and a school for learning disabled and ADHD kids (www.hunterschool.org).
As an entrepreneur, he’s also founded several successful businesses which still are operating, and lived and worked with his wife, Louise, and their three children on several continents.
He was born and grew up in Michigan, and retains strong ties to the Midwest, although he and Louise have lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, Germany, and Oregon…and now live on a boat in Washington D.C. with their attack-cat, Higgins.
You can listen to recent broadcasts on the KBCS archive for the Thom Hartmann Program