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Tina Pamintuan

General Manager

Tina Pamintuan got her start in radio as a college DJ working the early morning shift, and came to journalism through an internship at National Public Radio (NPR). Over the next six years, she continued to work at NPR in editorial and production positions 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.


Before coming to KALW in 2018, Tina Pamintuan created and founded the audio journalism program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she taught for 12 years.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for attorney general. Garland is the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and has deep ties to the Justice Department, where he served as a prosecutor decades ago.

Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump's defense team denies he directly called for violence and argues that he should not be tried since he is no longer in office. The House impeachment managers say he must be held accountable for the violence at the Capitol. Watch the proceedings live. 

As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the U.S., numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. The stakes are high, as numbers of deaths and cases break records. A panel of experts from Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles questions about COVID-19 vaccination. Live video expected at 9 a.m.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day.

President-elect Joe Biden is outlining his COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Wilmington, Del. Biden has been critical of the current administration's effort and is seeking to speed up the process. The announcement comes a day after Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Watch his remarks live.

Biden COVID Remarks

Jan 14, 2021

President-elect Biden is set to deliver remarks in which he will "outline his vaccination and economic rescue legislative package." Biden has long said that the most recent coronavirus relief legislation did not go far enough in delivering critical help, and that a new package would be a top priority for his incoming administration. Thursday, January 14, 4:15 p.m.

The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with "incitement of insurrection." Watch the debate and live vote.


President-elect Joe Biden is formally introducing his nominee for attorney general, Merrick Garland. The event follows a day of violence and an overnight session of Congress that ended in a final affirmation of Biden's election win. Watch the event live.

Monday, December 28

6-7pm: Reinventing Travel After COVID from Innovation Hub 

Monday-Thursday, December 28-31

5-6pm: Free Shakespeare on the Radio: Richard II (Encore presentation. Four episodes preempt Crosscurrents and The Daily from The New York Times)

Thursday, December 31: New Year’s Eve

President-elect Joe Biden is speaking after electors around the country cast their formal votes, confirming his presidential win. Watch his remarks live

President-elect Joe Biden is formally announcing his most recent nominees and appointments for his incoming administration. Among his choices are Antony Blinken for secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas for homeland security secretary and Avril Haines for director of national intelligence. Watch his announcement live.

President Trump is giving an update on the coronavirus pandemic, speaking for the first time since Joe Biden became president-elect. Trump has been falsely claiming on Twitter that he won, and his campaign launched a slew of lawsuits challenging the legitimacy of the results and baselessly alleging widespread voter fraud. Watch his remarks live and for context and analysis, please listen to KALW's presentation of All Things Considered starting at 3pm on-air and online.

Note: KALW is participating in Public Media For All's Day of Action on Tuesday November 10, 2020. The information below is for participating staff.

Please prepare for small group sessions on Tuesday, November 10, by reading, listening to, and watching the following materials. We promise there will be no tests or pop quizzes! This is not, by any means, an exhaustive list of resources for the DEI work we are embarking on as a station.

Joe Biden is addressing the American people as president-elect after a win in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed on Saturday. Watch his remarks live.

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Follow live updates and analysis.


The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch the hearings live.

January 18, 2021 Broadcast

Produced by David Kwan

Links from this episode

Story Corp: Clara Jean Ester

MLK Celebration on A Patchwork Quilt

WNYC's MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!

KALW is pleased to support our local small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area by offering sponsorships at an affordable rate. We know many are hard hit by the pandemic and we would like to offer rates within your budget. KALW is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate and ​features the most acclaimed programming from NPR, the BBC and the CBC, alongside locally-produced arts and culture programming with deep Bay Area roots. ​Our terrestrial radio station has the potential to reach 4.4 million listeners in the Bay Area’s nine counties.

On Monday, October 12th, I'd like to invite you to tune in at 5 pm and join me as we broadcast an update on the station, and how we are faring in the pandemic.

The General Manager's Update will be the first in an ongoing series of informal chats and discussions to keep you informed about KALW. I'll speak about our current programming and operations, as well as offer some insight into the greater landscape of public radio and its future.

Please review KALW's PSA Guidelines, then use the form below to submit your request.

Links for current SFUSD PSAs:

SFUSD Community Information Sessions:

The San Francisco Unified School District is hosting online Community Information Sessions to learn about a proposal for the new elementary Student Assignment Policy. The next one is scheduled for October 27, 28 and 29, or Nov 7. The School Board will vote on this issue December 8. 


Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are debating in Salt Lake City. Their only face-off of the 2020 campaign comes with a wave of uncertainty with President Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Follow live updates and fact-checks on the debate.



Follow NPR's live coverage of the first 2020 presidential election debate, including fact-checking and analysis. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in Cleveland for the event, moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered in a private ceremony at the high court, where her body is lying in repose. Watch the ceremony.

Join our sister station in New York,WNYC, and The Public Theater as they bring Free Shakespeare in the Park to the airwaves with William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II. Brought to you in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights. 

September 7-10, 6pm

(Preempts City Visions, Philosophy Talk, Your Legal Rights this week)


UPDATE: Thank you for making the first-ever California Public Radio Day a success! We received 34 donations--from new members--and our stalwart supporters. We are stronger as a system knowing you are there for us!  

The SFUSD Board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, February 23.

Listen on-air or watch online. For more information on how to participate in SFUSD Board meetings, please go to sfusd.edu. And watch this space for the live video on board meeting days at 3pm.

Dear Listeners,

As we approach our 80th anniversary in 2021, we’re taking a deep look at who we are as a news outlet and as a Bay Area arts and culture organization. We’re thinking about how we can be stronger, more inclusive, and more forward-thinking with programming that highlights and challenges systemic inequalities. 

Can we do better at KALW? We believe that’s always possible. 

NPR will bring live coverage of the funeral for George Floyd, 46, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The service will be held at The Fountain of Praise in Houston.

Hundreds of mourners are joining George Floyd's family for a memorial service at North Central University in Minneapolis. Floyd's death following police restraint last week has ignited protests around the world.