Tina Pamintuan | KALW

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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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.


Oct 12, 2020

Links from the October 12, 2020 GMOMG -- aka "The General Manager's Update"

Intro Music: "A Thousand Cuts" -- Ruby Ibarra

Outro Music: "God Bless America (For What)" -- Swamp Dogg

KALW is pleased to support our local small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area by offering underwriting at an affordable rate. We know many are hard hit by the pandemic and we would like to offer rates for underwriting 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 a meeting on Tuesday, October 20.  Listen in from 3-5:30pm on-air or online.

All Things Considered will be preempted today, but you can find it online.

Regularly scheduled programming will resume at 5:30pm with The Daily from the New York Times.

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.

KALW will interrupt our regular programming on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:59pm to air a special short message from Dr. Vincent Matthews and "Pomp and Circumstance" in honor of our SFUSD and Bay Area graduates. We are proud of their accomplishments and want to celebrate them publicly, especially in this moment.

KALW joins our public radio network across the country in broadcasting cellist Yo-Yo Ma's live performance of J.S. Bach's six cello suites. The program will air live from WGBH's Fraser Performance studio this Sunday, May 24 from 12-2:30 pm PT as a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities.

As we navigate this unprecedented time, KALW has made temporary changes to our current schedule of programming.


Live Coverage of Gov. Newsom's Daily Briefing on Covid-19 // Weekdays at Noon California Governor Gavin Newsom holds daily press briefings addressing how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the state. (ongoing)

The Senate is voting on a $2 trillion deal to help jump-start the U.S. economy, battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the floor proceedings live.

Watch the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including regular White House briefings.

Only two candidates will be onstage for Sunday's Democratic primary debate: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The CNN-Univision debate was relocated from Arizona to Washington, D.C., and will not have an in-person audience due to coronavirus concerns.

Follow live coverage of the debate, with real-time analysis from NPR reporters.


The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

President Trump is speaking to the nation following attacks on military bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed. Trump tweeted on Tuesday night that "All is well!" and that an assessment of the casualties was underway. Iran said the missiles were launched as an act of self-defense after the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is answering lawmakers' questions about his report on the Russia investigation, which was released on Monday. Watch the hearing live on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 a.m.