PUBLIC FILE REPORT
This report covers the period from August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. KGO-TV ("the Station) has a longstanding commitment to a policy of equal employment and advancement opportunities for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, marital status, religion, age, national origin or citizenship status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, covered veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state and federal law.
In the Station's commitment to fair employment practices, we strive to ensure that equal consideration is extended to all employees and applicants in recruitment, selection procedures, employee development, performance evaluation, promotions, transfers, benefits and other aspects of employment.
It is the Station's policy to promote the realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program of specific recruitment, outreach, hiring, promotion and other practices.
Employees and others believing they have not been treated in accordance with KGO-TV's EEO Policy are encouraged to contact Bradley Hoffman, Human Resources Manager, or their immediate supervisor.
In compliance with the EEO record keeping requirements, the Station creates a file for each position to be filled. The file generally includes, but is not limited to, the following items: copies of advertisements, emails, and distributions to the Station's mailing lists used to notify sources of openings, and a summary of interviewees who applied for vacancies as well as their referral sources.
In addition, the Station documents and retains information about its long-term recruitment initiatives. These files generally include, but are not limited to: the nature and date of each activity, the scope of the Station's participation, and the names and titles of the Station personnel involved.
A. NOTIFICATION OF JOB OPENINGS AND POSITIONS FILLED
We would like to widely publicize our job opportunities. Any organization that regularly distributes employment information to job seekers or that refers candidates to employers may ask to be put on our mailing list to receive information about job vacancies. For further information, please contact Human Resources at 900 Front Street, San Francisco, CA 94111, phone: 415-954-7745 or email the Human Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the Station aired the following promotional spots:
Aired 112 times (various hours) on our regular channel and 396 times on our D2 channel.
That's why we encourage any organization that distributes employment information or refers candidates to employers to be put on our job vacancy mailing list.
For more information, contact the KGO-TV Human Resources Department at 900 Front Street, San Francisco, California 94111.
Or log on to our website at ABC7News.com.
B. LONG-TERM RECRUITMENT INITIATIVES
KGO-TV continues to offer internships to college and university students. The students are paid the San Francisco minimum wage during the internship. The average intern works approximately 20 hours (or less) per week. The students are given the opportunity to work in a variety of departments to educate them about the different possibilities in a career in broadcasting and provide them with practical hands-on experience that complements their academic studies.
During the reporting period, KGO-TV engaged a total of 13 interns: 2 interns working in Marketing/Public Affairs with a focus on Race and Social Justice issues, 2 interns working in News - Consumer Affairs, 4 interns working in News - Sports, 5 interns working in News - Assignment Desk.
August 18th through August 20th, 2021, Tracey Watkowski, News Director, along with Jeff Mulligan, Executive Producer, Julian Glover, Race & Culture Unit Reporter attended the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) virtual career fair which was held virtually due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
August 24th through August 27th, 2021 Leetha Yee, Executive Producer and Randall Yip, Segment Producer attended the Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA) attended the virtual career fair, which was held virtually due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Reggie Aqui, Anchor, also served on a discussion panel at the virtual career fair.
September 10th, 2021 Ken Miguel, Segment Producer, participated in the virtual career fair for NLGJA, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists
July 27th through July 30th, 2022 Kimberlee Sakamoto, Executive Producer - Digital, Dion Lim, Anchor Reporter, and Randall Yip, Segment Producer attended the in-person convention and career fair for the Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA).
The Station provided opportunities for employees to participate in job training sessions to help them acquire skills that could advance their careers and qualify them for higher positions.
Dalet - News Room Computer System (NRCS): Over the course of the year the station trained 12 newly-hired employees on DALET, an NRCS.
OTVU Advanced Storytelling: Over the course of the year KGO sent News Managers, News Producers, Reporters and Photographers to advance storytelling courses that built upon their skills as writers, photographers, and editors.
OTVU Multi-Skilled Training: Over the course of the year KGO had members of its Marketing Department attend classes that helped them learn new methods for shooting, writing, and editing.
OTVU Dean Training: Over the course of the year KGO's tenured Segment Producer and a Dean of OTV University held one-on-one trainings with producers, photographers, and reporters to enhance their skills with Adobe Premier and to train them to be multi-skilled journalists.
After Effects Expression: Over the course of the year, KGO's Lead Motion Graphics Designer participated in 40 hours of training on After Effects.
3D Cinema: Over the course of the year, KGO's Lead Motion Graphics Designer participated in over 10 hours of training on 4d.
Media Safety Training: All field personnel attended Media Safety Training conducted by the University of Findlay. This training was conducted during January, 2022.
Leadership Training: KGO's Senior Producer - Marketing attended a leadership training course for managers of people from April - June 2022.
Smoke Exposure Training: Due to KGO's extensive coverage of wildfires all impacted personnel were trained on how to safely address smoke exposure. This training took place during May, 2022.
Situational Awareness Training: Over multiple sessions and in partnership with Disney Global Security and The Diamond Arrow Group KGO provided safety and situational awareness training to all employees of the station. The training took place the week of May 23, 2022.
Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate: KGO's Producer - Marketing attended this course through Coursera from June 1 - July 15, 2022
UCLA Writer's Workshop: KGO's Senior Producer - Marketing attended this workshop on June 9, 2022.
Promax: KGO's VP of Marketing attended this Summit which included workshops. This took place from June 20 - 24, 2022.
Caprica Training: Caprica is a new component to our Ross Automation system that the Directors use in the control rooms. KGO provided training to two Directors that will share their knowledge with the team. The training took place from July 25 - 29, 2022.
Camp Mograph: KGO's Lead Motion Graphics Designer attended 4 days of Camp Mograph. This is a motion/graphic design workshop.
Why Words Matter: Over 30 KGO employees attended this seminar which was held by ABC News and ABC PRIDE Employee Resource Group. The seminar was designed to help navigate people through the challenges and correct ways to cover the LGBTQ community.
SUAS: KGO had 2 employees attend this training that teaches aerial drone photography, including how to fly safely under federal law and within company guidelines.
Ongoing since 2007: KGO-TV sponsors The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship that is administered and awarded annually by The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF). Mr. Wilson was a news anchor at KGO-TV. The endowment provides an annual $2000 journalism scholarship in perpetuity in Pete Wilson's name. Applicants for this endowed scholarship award must be from the San Francisco Bay area or studying in the Bay area in pursuit of a degree in journalism.
For more information is link below: https://www.rtdna.org/content/pete_wilson_scholarship
The 2021 Scholarship was awarded to Noah Baustin, University of California-Berkeley.
5. Notification of Upper-Level Openings to Media Trade Groups That Have Substantial Participation of Women and Minorities
KGO, both directly and through its affiliation with Direct Employers Association, notified the following trade groups of all upper-level openings at the Station throughout the reporting period:
Asian American Journalists Association
National Association of Black Journalists
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Educational and Community Outreach Programs
August 2, 2021: KGO's Dan Ashley conducted a 1-on-1 Zoom mentoring session with a journalism student.
August 14, 2021: KGO's Dan Ashley virtually MC'd a fundraiser for the Danville Museum.
August 27, 2021: KGO honors longtime community activist Bradley Angel of nonprofit Greenaction in our ABC7 Allies in Action series. We spotlighthis decades of mobilizing community power for health and environmental justice around the Bay Area, and in particular, the pollution and harmful emissions exposure in San Francisco's low-income Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.
September 11, 2021: KGO's Amanda delCastillo MC'd San Jose Fire Department's somber Patriot Day ceremony, honoring our first responders and the many lives lost on September 11, 2001. Bagpipes echoed throughout the streets of downtown San Jose, as many cities around the SF Bay Area also paused to remember the events on 9/11 20 years ago.
September 16, 2021: KGO's Luz Peña volunteered as a panelist for Latino Community Foundation's vaccine presentation. The one-hour conversation was entirely in Spanish and included experts who fielded online questions from the community.
September 17, 2021: KGO's Jobina Fortson MC'd a donation presentation with the Golden State Warriors and Oakland-based Cloros to deliver TurboPro Handheld Electrostatic Sprayers, cases of Clorox cleaning disinfectant for all OUSD schools, and a $25,000 donation. She led a fireside chat with GSW forward Juan Toscano-Anderson and GSW assistant coach Ron Adams about the importance of mentorship.
September 21, 2021: KGO's Luz Peña joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Conference, the largest gathering of Latino leaders during Hispanic Heritage Month, to moderate the panel "Power of the Press: American Journalism and Media Informing the Public in the 21st Century." She was joined by leaders at Nielsen, 60 Minutes+ and Microsoft.
September 23, 2021: KGO's Ama Daetz virtually MC'd an event for Oasis for Girls Virtual Shine On Gala
September 24, 2021: Chosen by community leaders with SFCAUSE (Community Alliance for Unity, Safety & Education) and the Commonwealth Club of California, KGO's Dion Lim moderated a White House AAPI Liaison discussion with Erika Moritsugu, AAPI Liaison for President and VP Kamala Harris. While the initial audience started with 1500 people, several thousand more tuned in afterwards. In addition, SFCAUSE presented Dion with the Champion of Truth Award for bringing to light AAPI issues during this time of COVID and beyond.
September 24, 2021: KGO honors the unofficial "Mayor of the Mission District" Roberto Hernandez, who helps provide groceries for more than 7000 families with his Mission Food Hub organization.
September 30, 2021: KGO's David Louie co-MC'd the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal Awards gala dinner in Arlington, VA where the distinguished medal was presented to World War II veterans or a designated family member for their service in World War II. While this was a national event, many of the recipients or family members were from the Bay Area. The key member of Congress behind the Gold Medals was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco.
October 1, 2021: KGO employees volunteered to help sort and pack food the food banks supported were: Alameda County Community Food Bank and San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
October 4, 2021: KGO's Dan Ashley hosted and MC'd the annual Friends of Camp Concord charity golf tournament at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville (Contra Costa County). Since 1997, this tournament has raised money to send more than 500 underserved kids annually to experience summer camp for one week at Camp Concord in Lake Tahoe.
October 7, 2021: "Without SMASH, I wouldn't have had the initial confidence like to pursue STEM" says SMASH Alum Semhar Tekllu. KGO's Kumasi Aaron hosted a "Women in Stem" panel with clothing brand Athleta and the nonprofit SMASH aimed at empowering young women to pursue careers in STEM.SMASH is a Bay Area organization on a mission to bring diversity to the tech workforce.
October 9, 2021: KGO's Dan Ashley MC'd the annual Evening of Promise virtual gala for Court Appointed Special Advocates which helps children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.
October 16, 2021: KGO's David Louie MC'd the "Day on the Bay" Multicultural Festival, which included a resource fair focused on health and environmental sustainability. The fair also featured a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, flu shots, entertainment and activities for the entire family.
October 22, 2021: KGO's Dion Lim MC'd the fundraising breakfast that supports San Francisco-based homeless families who are transitioning into permanent housing. Since its founding in 2015, the nonprofit has helped 7490 individuals, including 1979 children, settle into their new homes with household essentials like bedding, cookware, small appliances and cleaning and hygiene products.
October 23, 2021: KGO's Mike Nicco MC'd the East Bay walk at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon (Contra Costa County). The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
October 26, 2021: KGO's Dion Lim moderated "Farm to Table: A Conversation with Korean Female Artisan Entrepreneurs" for the virtual Bay Area Chuseok Festival, the region's largest event celebrating the diverse aspects of Korean and Korean American culture. The multi-day festival, hosted by Korean Center, Inc., also featured music, crafts, cuisine and a youth art contest.
October 28, 2021: KGO's Reggie moderated a Pride Panel prior to the Warriors Game that evening. It was a gathering of thought leaders across the Bay Area to engage in meaningful conversations that drive change for the LGBTQ+ community.The panel focused on personal stories, advancing acceptance and awareness, intersectionality, mental health/well-being, and inclusion and belonging in our societies, workplaces, and beyond.
October 29, 2021: KGO honors activist Tiana Day, who inspires youth to stand up, take charge, and be the positive change they'd like to see in the world. Her nonprofit organization, Youth Advocates for Change, hosts fundraising events, organizes rallies, and records podcasts--all with youth voices at the forefront. Tiana is based in San Ramon (Contra Costa County).
October 30, 2021: KGO employees volunteered to help sort and pack food the food banks supported were: Alameda County Community Food Bank and San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
October 31, 2021: KGO's David Louie MC'd the 55th Annual Longevity Gala, helping provide strength, hope and empowerment to seniors since 1966. Funds raised support the nonprofit's elderly care services in five Bay Area counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa.
November 2, 2021: "KGO Memory Makers" walking team and supporters planted 100 flowers in a pop-up promise flower garden of hope for those who live with Alzheimer's and those who care for them. Each color flower represents someone on the Alzheimer's journey. An orange flower means you support the Alzheimer's Association, blue flower means you are living with Alzheimer's, yellow flower means you are a caregiver, purple flower means you lost someone to Alzheimer's. One day we hope to pass out a white flower to the first survivor of Alzheimer's.
November 4, 2021: KGO's Jobina Fortson MC'd a virtual book reading by Ziggy Marley and his wife Orly. Kindergarteners from Sausalito-Marin City School District joined the Zoom to hear and ask questions of the fascinating tale of "Little John Crow," which was inspired by Ziggy's own upbringing in Jamaica. The book teaches about the power of perception, the importance of self-pride and pride in one's people and the vital roles we all must play to help maintain the balance of our planet. The public was also invited to tune in to the live event.
November 6, 2021: KGO's Dion Lim was Keynote Speaker for the Plate By Plate fundraiser to benefit the Florence Fang Community Garden (FFCG).Dion spoke about her work advocating for AAPI communities in the effort to fight hate and discrimination. More than 40 restaurant, dessert and beverage purveyors offered tastings at this celebration of AAPI and restaurant industry resiliency. FFCG is San Francisco's largest community farm and second most-productive urban farm - it's mission: to improve food security, healthy living habits and social connectedness within and between
communities of color.
November 6, 2021: KGO's Reggie Aqui MC'd the San Francisco walk at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero (San Francisco County). The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
November 9, 2021: KGO's David Louie MC'd the annual fundraiser for Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.) to celebrate its 27 years of supporting underserved children and youth in San Francisco. The nonprofit program serves 900 kids year round with academic support, fitness activities, outdoor adventures, community service and leadership training.
November 18, 2021: KGO's Luz Pena MC'd the ¡Viva MEDA! Annual Gala, celebrating 48 years of service to the Mission District and the community's spirit of resilience amid the recovery efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic. MEDA offers free services to low and moderate income families in the San Francisco Bay Area, by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power.
November 20, 2021: KGO employees volunteered to help sort and pack food the food banks supported were: Alameda County Community Food Bank and San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
November 30, 2021: KGO honors Khafre Jay, a man setting the stage for community empowerment through Hip Hop culture, and he's passing the mic to youth in the Bay Area. Musical artist and community organizer Khafre Jay merged activism and expressive arts to found HipHopForChange. The nonprofit organization, based in Oakland (Alameda County), uses Hip Hop culture as a vehicle for education and storytelling, uplifting voices through performance.
December 11, 2021: KGO's Dan Ashley MC'd the NFL Alumni Association's virtual event to benefit children's charities.
December 12, 2021: KGO's Dan Ashley spoke during the intermission of an Oakland Symphony concert. His remarks highlighted the Symphony's Music in Schools program which introduces students to orchestral music and musicianship.
December 27, 2021: KGO is proud to honor Canine Companions, a national organization that was founded in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County). Leading the service dog industry, "Canine Companions" expertly trains puppies to become skilled assistants for adults, children, and veterans with disabilities. The furry helpers are paired up with clients for unique support that's free of charge.
January 23, 2022: KGO's Dion Lim had the honor of "waking up" one of two featured lions that will be performing in the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, which will be roaring back to life February 19 after the cancelation of last year's parade. The tradition of dotting the eyes symbolizes the awakening of auspicious creatures like lions and dragons, whose performances during festivities chase away evil spirits and bring in good luck. Happy Year of the Tiger!
January 25, 2022: KGO's Kumasi Aaron moderated the Mentorship panel with the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. Local high school seniors got some great hands-on sports business advice from a panel of mentors representing business, the popular 2K video game franchise, and the Warriors front office.
Late-January/Early-February, 2022: KGO celebrated Lunar New Year with a series of eight personal greetings from ABC7 anchors and reporters. The messages shared the excitement of the upcoming holiday, along with family traditions and Year of the Tiger wishes for good health, prosperity and wealth!
February, 2022: KGO celebrated Black History Month with eight personal messages from ABC7 anchors and reporters. The spots share messages of allyship and honor and acknowledge the historical achievements of people and movements that have paved the way.
Early-February, 2022: As part of our Lunar New Year celebration, KGO honors neighborhood advocate Malcolm Yeung, Executive Director of Chinatown Community Development Center. Malcolm works hard to preserve Chinatown's cultural identity while tackling food and housing inequities for its most vulnerable residents.
Late-February, 2022: In celebration of Black History Month, KGO honors Azikiwee Anderson, who founded Rize Up Bakery. Azikiwee reinvents sourdough bread with unique ingredients while feeding Bay Area communities in need. When customers buy two loaves of his "Pay It Forward" bread, one is donated on the purchaser's behalf to Bay Area food banks, homeless shelters and more.
Late-February, 2022: In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, KGO created a vetted list of local, national and global resources that are helping support people and families affected by the crisis overseas. The resource page continues to be updated as news in the region evolves.
February 10, 2022: KGO's Zach Fuentes kicked off Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) 2022 Student of the Year campaign for the Central Valley chapter. The virtual kickoff event showcased the philanthropic leadership development program with high school participants learn professional skills like entrepreneurship, marketing and project management, while raising funds for LLS in honor of children who are blood cancer survivors.
February 11 - 13, 2022: KGO sponsored the 54th annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland. The 3-day Fair is recognized as one of the most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, featuring collections and rare treasures from around the globe, including manuscripts, modern first editions, children's books, maps and autographs. This year's special exhibit on wine and viticulture was presented, courtesy of University of California, Davis.
February 19, 2022: KGO's Dan Ashley served as a panelist at a virtual event on diversity in the media and society for the San Jose State University Journalism Department.
February 20, 2022: KGO's Luz Peña and Dan Ashley participated on the Diversity panel discussion for NATAS, titled "Let's Really Talk About It." The candid discussion is viewable to the public and featured individual experiences and personal challenges that broadcast professionals, representing a wide range of cultural communities, have faced.
February 22, 2022: KGO's Rick Rubin presented two Entrepreneurial classes to students at Galileo High School.
February 23, 2022: KGO's Rick Rubin taught a media production course at Lincoln High School Digital Media Center.
March 8, 2022: KGO's Ama Daetz moderated a conversation with Tianna Hicks about how the former GRIP client and now board member moved her family from the depths of homelessness into a legacy of giving back. Tiana and her five children once stayed at GRIP's shelter. One of them is Najee Harris, who became first round draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
March 10, 2022: KGO's Jobina Fortson MC'd the graduation of the Franchise Fund's first cohort at the Warriors' Chase Center. The Fund helps minority small business owners become certified as "Corporate Ready" by the nonprofit Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC) when interacting with large buyers and corporations.
March 18, 2022: KGO sponsored the Dress for Success Sweet 16 Anniversary Gala. KGO's Dion Lim was MC and an honoree at the black tie optional event, one of the first large events to return in-person in San Francisco. The long-awaited event was sold out quickly, with each of the 600 guests providing proof of vaccination at the door. The global nonprofit is about more than providing workplace clothing; DFS empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support and development tools to thrive in work and in life, elements that are especially important now coming out of the pandemic.
March 24, 2022: As part of our Magic of Storytelling initiative, KGO's Gloria Rodriguez read classic Disney stories to preschoolers at the Portola location of Family Connections Centers. KGO and Disney is donating 2000 books to share with the FCC. The nonprofit serves community members who are 98% people of color, 90% households qualify as low, very or extremely low-income and 70% report being English language learners.
March 25, 2022: Spencer Christian shared his love of reading and of books with second and third graders at San Francisco Community School, a small K-8 public school that supports project-based learning. The students' Spring project is about studying local San Francisco history and landmarks, so Spencer read "Larry Gets Lost in San Francisco" by John Skewes to the group. He talked about publishing two children's books and shared with them his journey growing up in Virginia during Jim Crow and his career path.
March 31, 2022: For Women's History Month, KGO spotlights two east bay women who continue to volunteer with the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center and World War II Home Front National Historic Park. Marian Sousa and Marian Wynn were both "Rosies" in the Kaiser shipyard in Richmond, CA. Marian S. learned how to read and draw blueprints at U.C. Berkeley and was hired as a Draftsman. Marian W. was hired as a Pipe Welder and was able to use her skills to find work after the war.
April, 2022: In celebration of Earth Month, KGO honors the important work of Simone and Maya, addressing structural inequalities and transforming the food system one garden at a time. They work for Planting Justice, which has built over 550 edible permaculture gardens and created thousands of green jobs for people who have been affected by incarceration.
April 6, 2022: KGO's Julian Glover spoke to students at Academy of Art University about his recent visit to the White House to discuss his groundbreaking story about home appraisal discrimination. The Marin City family he featured in the story was a part of a roundtable discussion that led to Vice-President Kamala Harris's introduction of a 21-point plan to address the systemic devaluation of homes in Black and brown neighborhoods.
April 9, 2022: KGO's Dan Ashley hosted his annual Rock the CASA charity concert, an event for the foundation he started years ago to help Bay Area children in need. The virtual event raised more than $100,000 for valuable charity organizations: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Contra Costa County, Friends of Camp Concord, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area and Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa. Performers included three-time Grammy winner Narada Michael Walden, Ann Wilson of Heart, Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones, and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon.
April 10, 2022: KGO 's Kumasi Aaron hosted the first SFMOMA Soapbox Derby since 1978! Thousands of spectators lined the racecourse to watch the 57 cars make their way down the hill in McLaren Park, some even spinning out at the bottom of the hill. As one of the most iconic art events in the city's history, this race of artist-designed soapbox cars celebrated art, creativity and lively community.
April 13, 2022: KGO's Jobina Fortson MC'd the ICA Cristo Rey Luncheon that celebrated KGO's David Rosati with the award for Leadership in Co-Education. KGO has participated in the work-study program at the San Francisco all-girls' school. Over the past 11 years, 40 students have worked at KGO under David's leadership.
April 14, 2022: KGO's Amanda del Castillo MC'd San Jose State University's Grad Slam, a three-minute thesis competition that challenges graduate students to creatively present their research with only one slide in a timed presentation to a layman's audience. The ten finalists competed for bragging rights, cash prizes and the privilege of representing SJSU at statewide and regional competitions.
April 15, 2022: KGO's Rick Rubin taught a Media and Marketing class at June Jordan School for Equity.
April 16, 2022: KGO's Reggie Aqui MC'd the Show of Hope Gala, benefiting SF Community Health Center. SFCHC offers a wide range of medical, mental health, education and community services via three locations with a comprehensive, integrated approach that empowers clients in safe, respectful and supportive spaces. Their work supports LGBTQ+ and Asian Pacific American members in San Francisco's Tenderloin and Castro neighborhoods.
April 17, 2022: KGO streamed the Glide Memorial Church Easter Celebration on Easter Sunday. The service was a wonderful production that was "radically inclusive," dedicated to the church's mission of fulfilling spiritual needs through acts of unconditional love, service and celebration.
April 20, 2022: KGO's Julian Glover presented at the virtual conference "Investing in Our Future,"
April 21, 2022: KGO participated in a friendly competition to raise funds for various Bay Area-based charities: SF LGBT Center, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and Bay Area Cancer Connections.
April 29, 2022: KGO's Zach Fuentes MC'd a huge pep rally celebrating San Benito High School's National Unified Champion award from Special Olympics and ESPN.
April 30, 2022: KGO's Amanda del Castillo participated as a judge for FCSN's Special Needs Talent Showcase at Santa Clara Convention Center. The evening's competition celebrated the incredible talents of our community's special needs performers. The talents on stage ranged from dance, musicianship and vocal arts.
May, 2022: As part of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, KGO honors Community Ambassador Sakhone Lasaphangthong. After 20 years of incarceration, Sakhone transforms pain into purpose in order to cultivate a cleaner, safer Oakland Chinatown. On any given day, you'll find him and his team cleaning the streets, abating graffiti and organizing volunteers. It's all to help restore a sense of public safety and neighborhood pride.
May 4, 2022: KGO's Lyanne Melendez MC'd the SFUSD Superintendent's 21st Century Awards Scholarship Program and produced the series of six student profiles for the evening's celebration. The inspiring stories moved one attendee so much that they doubled the scholarship amount, awarding each student $6000.
May 4, 2022: KGO's Dion Lim kicked off Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the APA Heritage Awards and Reception, San Francisco's signature celebration to kick off the month's theme, "Forging Community Bonds." KGO is a proud partner of the APA Heritage Foundation in promoting its Celebration Guide.
May 7, 2022: KGO's Kristen Sze shared about her job and her path to journalism at Congresswoman's Speier's "When I Grow Up" event. It was an exciting moment for elementary and middle school girls in California's 14th District to meet Kristen and the other professional women presenters who spoke about their extraordinary and fulfilling careers.
May 10, 2022: KGO's Lyanne Melendez MC'd the 6th Annual "Power of Voice" Celebration, benefiting Girls Leadership, which teaches girls in grades K-12 to exercise the power of their voices through programs in social emotional learning. Their work centers on gender and racial equity to address internal and external barriers to leadership development.
May 10 - 11, 2022: KGO sponsored the PBWC 33rd Annual Conference, which was virtual and available to a global audience. Jobina Fortson, Kumasi Aaron and Ama Daetz MC'd various portions of the two-day presentation. Keynote speakers included Mindy Kaling, Mellody Hobson, Cecilia Munoz, Lena Waithe, Rita Moreno, Reid Hoffman, among others. KGO has been a proud partner of PBWC since its beginning when it was founded by Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
May 13, 2022: KGO's Ama Daetz MC'd the Evening of Wishes, a hybrid virtual and in-person fundraiser to help fulfil the wishes of children ages 2.5 to 18 who have critical illnesses.
May 14, 2022: KGO's Amanda del Castillo MC'd A Bright Night Gala, which raised $1 Million to support their vision for a world without Alzheimer's and other dementia. The Alzheimer's Association accelerates global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
May 14, 2022: KGO's Dan Ashley MC'd a fundraiser and day in the park for the Contra Costa County Family Justice Center.
May 21, 2022: KGO's Dan Ashley MC'd an NFL Alumni event to benefit children in downtown Redwood City.
May 26, 2022: KGO's Julian Glover spoke to Benicia Middle School students at the 8th Grade Exploration Day about his career path. He also set up a mock live shot with his iPhone/mic kit in order for students to try their hand at weather reporting. He recorded their practice sessions and sent them the videos afterwards.
May 26, 2022: KGO's Sandhya Patel conducted a Zoom call with an autistic student from Pacific Grove Elementary School who has been passionate about weather since he was a little kid & wanted to ask some questions.
June, 2022: For LGBTQ+ Pride Month, KGO honors Nicole Santamaria, executive director of El/La Para Translatinas. Nicole has been supporting transgender women and survivors of violence for more than 15 years and continues the important work within the Spanish-speaking community, lifting up and protecting transgender people, women and immigrants.
June, 2022: Throughout the month of June, KGO hosted SFUSD high school teacher E. Michael Chelsky for his summer externship. Mr. Chelsky teaches Media Arts at Independence High School and requested to shadow KGO employees, newscasts and the workplace in order to better teach his students about the industry and the evolution of much needed skills.
June 2, 2022: KGO's Bradley Hoffman served as a panelist for a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce-sponsored panel about DEI.
June 2, 2022: KGO's Dion Lim MC'd the Harmony & Bliss Gala, honoring individuals who have changed the tides in our communities through their leadership, the arts and commitment to social justice. The fundraiser supports CCC to elevate underserved communities and gives voice to equality, as well as "We the Future," an artistic initiative that champions the work of artists as integral to the struggle for racial justice, building coalitions between various communities of color to heal and create a more just and equitable future.
June 3, 2022: KGO's Jobina Fortson served as commencement speaker for ICA Cristo Rey Academy, an all-girls school in San Francisco. Jobina gave a Spice Girl-themed speech that embodied "girl power" and the importance of women supporting women. 100% of ICA's graduates are college bound and 87% are first-generation college bound.
June 18, 2022: KGO's Kumasi Aaron MC'd "Juneteenth In the Town Jubilee," celebrating freedom and community honorees.
June 20, 2022: KGO produced a digital-only, 57-minute roundtable discussion, led by Reggie Aqui, about the children and parents in our LGBTQIA+ families. Joining us for this conversation were respected local leaders, activists and experts to share their insights on today's challenges, as well as opportunities and resources for our youth.
June 20, 2022: KGO celebrated the Golden State Warriors fourth NBA title in eight years with 5.5 hours of coverage of their first championship parade in San Francisco. "Dubs On 7" coverage showcased incredible fans and team members as the Dubs interacted with cheering fans and shared enthusiastic interviews along the parade route up Market Street.
June 26, 2022: KGO sponsored the SF Pride Parade for the first time. Linear coverage of the Pride Parade ran 1.5 hours, while the remainder of the parade and festivities continued online and across digital platforms. KGO employees also led parade contingent efforts for colleagues who want to march.
July 7, 2022: KGO's Kristen Sze hosted the Hip Wah Oakland Chinatown summer camp for a Q&A about careers in journalism.
July 17, 2022: KGO's Dan Ashley MC'd the San Francisco AIDS Walk.