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 City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism , where she worked for 12 years.

Ways to Connect

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, September 8.  Listen in from 3-6pm on-air or online.

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

Regularly scheduled programming will resume at 6pm with our special presentation of The Public Theater's Richard II, Epiosode 2.

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.

The chairs of the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry are holding a press conference to unveil the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch their remarks live. If video doesn't start, please refresh page.


We are deeply saddened to share the news that Ken Taylor, host of Philosophy Talk and Stanford University professor, passed away suddenly on Monday, December 2, 2019. Ken was the voice and force behind Philosophy Talk, which has aired on KALW since 2005. He was a teacher and scholar, excellent and engaging host, and a wonderful person.

Ken will be very much missed. We wish his family and friends deep condolences in this difficult time.

December means holiday programming at KALW and we're excited to share old favorites and a few new shows to make your end of year sparkle with joy, contemplation, and light. This year's selection celebrates ritual, tradition, and even some holiday innovation. We invite you to tune in and share the this special time of year with us!

Monday December 23 
7-8 p.m.: NPR Hanukkah Lights


  California Burning is a five-part series, that takes a deep and critical look at how the state’s fire-prone forests have been managed, and how we can all learn from the past to be better stewards of the land and avoid catastrophic wildfires in the future. 

E01: Our History With Fire (10/31)
E02: Native Intelligence (11/7)
E03: One Foot In The Black (11/14)
E04: Wildland-Urban Interface (11/21)
E05: Our Future With Fire (11/28)

Whew. We made it! And we kept our promise to you to end our on-air campaign in eight days. Yesterday, was one of our BEST fundraising days ever. $46,000 in 12 hours. You made that possible. Your grit and your love for independent public radio made it happen — and we are truly honored and grateful to have you as listeners and members.

Over 1500 people made gifts to KALW over the last week. They also left comments that warmed our hearts, made us reflect, and pushed us forward.

Have you been thinking about becoming a member? Now is the time! Donate any amount as a sustainer-- $1 to $1000 or more -- a month and we will send you a download code for 48 handpicked episodes of This American Life chosen by Ira himself. For as little as $12 a year you can become part of that special public radio tribe. Low risk. High reward.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before the House Financial Services Committee about the company's plans for a new cryptocurrency and its allegations that it violated the Fair Housing Act. Watch the hearing live.

Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 5 p.m P.T.

KALW will air the debate live and NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.


Programming Changes

Sep 26, 2019

Can you feel fall in the air? We can! Please join us as we welcome new shows and bid adieu to old favorites.

KALW is poised for amazing growth and we're looking for just the right professional to fit with KALW’s open and kind culture. AND — help take us to new heights through new revenue streams, including a a robust and carefully planned underwriting program and deep work in the areas of major gifts and planned giving. This person would work with KALW's general manager and membership manager. We’ll also provide training to the successful candidate. 

Angela Hsieh/NPR

September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are holding a press conference from the G-7 summit of world economic leaders in France. He had meetings with multiple heads of state over the weekend. The summit comes ahead of a looming recession and amid an ongoing trade war with China.

Wednesday, July 24, 5:30 a.m.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. Watch the proceedings live.