Listener Candidate

Name:

Doug Kriegel

Expertise:

 
  • Reporter - KNBC
  • Producer PBS SoCal
  • Journalist

Endorsements:

  • Committee to Strengthen KPFK
  • Statement:

    KPFK has enormous potential and I'm certain that my background in broadcasting, journalism and economics will help the station realize its potential.As a news reporter and producer at KNBC News in Los Angeles, I won virtually every award a broadcast journalist can win in California.In more than 30 years, I did a wide variety of jobs at NBC including Sacramento Bureau Chief, General Assignments reporter, and Economics Editor. I was the first Los Angeles newsperson to report "live" from Manhattan on September 11th, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked.

    The past several years I've been the host and Executive Producer of a series of broadcasts called the "Drive By Economist" on PBS SoCal. These programs covered stories about the impact of the economy on people's lives in Southern California. None of the mainstream stations cover the kinds of stories that we put on the air. I will continue to push for this kind of coverage at KPFK. This past year, the "Drive By Economist" was nominated for an Emmy, and I fully expect the broadcast we did this year will also get a nomination.
    I love the diversity of programming at KPFK, and hope to see that trend continue. I'm also hoping that the station could provide more local news and analysis of regional political and economic issues. Before getting into journalism, I was an economist. I have a Masters Degree in economics from Stockholm University and a Masters in journalism from Columbia. I also worked as an economist and financial analyst before getting into the broadcast news business.

    I'm looking forward to helping KPFK become a station that touches people's lives in a positive and meaningful way. Thank you for considering my candidacy.

    Biography

    I'm certain that I can help KPFK become an outstanding station offering a wide variety of programming to a diverse audience that's not getting this kind of quality broadcasting from mainstream stations. I spent 30 years as a reporter at KNBC News in Los Angeles, where I won three Emmys and other awards. I was the first Los Angeles newsperson to report live from Manhattan on September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked. I am currently the host/reporter and Executive Producer on a series of broadcasts that cover the Southern California economy on PBS SoCal. This series covers stories about homelessness in the suburbs, immigrants looking for construction jobs in their own neighborhood, racism in some local police departments and other subjects not covered anywhere else. This series was nominated for an Emmy.

    As for education, I have two Masters Degrees: one in economics from Stockholm University and another in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

    Before getting into journalism, I worked as an economist in Europe. I'm certain that my background in broadcasting and economics will be helpful in strengthening KPFK.

    Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
    1. In what ways is the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
     

    The diversity of programming on KPFK makes it the most unique station in Los Angeles. This trend needs to be continued and strengthened. The mix of personalities and subjects covered is excellent. I'd like to see more coverage of the regional economy and the impact that economic and financial issues are having on people's lives.

    2. In what ways is the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
     

    I'd like to see more coverage of local news and stories about regional political and economic issues. There needs to be more than just 15 minutes of local news, and it would be helpful if there were field reports on the news segment. More local news is needed and I'd like to help make that happen. KPFK should have more impact on what's happening in our area.

    3. What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
     

    I've been covering news and public issues in Southern California for more than 30 years. I'm extremely familiar with the issues that impact people's lives in Los Angeles and other local communities. I know how to develop original stories and to get them on the air. I've got a long list of contacts who can help us tell stories and explain issues.

    4. What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
     

    I'd be happy to serve as one of the on air fund raisers. I will also promote the station to people who are not familiar with KPFK. Let's do programming about people, issues and places that will generate interest in what's on the station.

     

     

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