Michael Krasny, PhD, is host of the award winning KQED FORUM, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology. FORUM can be heard daily on Northern California’s public radio station, KQED, as well as on Sirius/XM Satellite with National Public Radio, Comcast digital cable, and on the Internet as a podcast on iTunes. He is also a veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures series. Focus Magazine named him Best Bay Area Talk Show Host, and he was selected Best Talk Host and Best Interviewer by the editorial staff of San Francisco Weekly, as well as in their 2008 annual reader’s poll.
Dr. Krasny’s abilities and reputation as one of the world’s finest interviewers are enhanced by his creative work as an author and educator. A former regular contributor to Mother Jones magazine, Dr. Krasny has published a great deal of fiction, literary criticism and political commentary. He is the author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life (Stanford University Press) which was on both The San Francisco Chronicle and The Marin Independent Journal best-seller lists, and Sound Ideas (with Maggie Sokolik McGraw-Hill). He also released a twenty-four lecture series DVD, audio and book on “Short Story Masterpieces” for The Teaching Company, and is the author of Spiritual Envy (New World Press), which was also on the best-seller lists in The San Francisco Chronicle and the Marin Independent Journal.
A professor of English at San Francisco State University, he has been Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco, Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco and taught in Continuing Education at Stanford University, as well as being an Associate of the San Francisco Urban Institute. He coordinated the Nexa Dissemination Program in Science and Humanities under the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carnegie Foundation, taught in the Fulbright Institutes for the National Fulbright Foundation, conducted seminars at Esalen Institute, lectured to the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and aboard the Royal Odyssey Cruise Line. In 2007, he was honored with an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Humanities Educators.
Dr. Krasny is the recipient of numerous awards for his editorial work, including the S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Distinction, the Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism, the Media Alliance Award for Meritorious Achievement, the 2003 James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Public Radio Award from the American Publishers Association and many others. He was also named a Fellow by the World Affairs Council and was awarded the Koret Foundation Fellowship. Mayor Art Agnos declared Michael Krasny Day in San Francisco in 1990, in 1994 by Mayor Frank Jordan and again in 2003 by Mayor Willie Brown. In 1990, the California State Legislature and, again in 2003, the California State Senate, passed resolutions honoring Dr. Krasny for public service. In 2008 the state legislature passed a resolution honoring him for “outstanding achievements in the literary field.”
Dr. Krasny received his BA (Cum Laude) and MA degrees from Ohio University, where he received the senior class award for leadership and scholarship, and where he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he holds a PhD degree from The University of Wisconsin. He lives in Marin County, North of San Francisco, with his wife, Leslie, who is a biochemist and attorney. They have two daughters.