Letters and Politics

Government and Public Policy in Times of Crisis

Guest: Professor Linda Bilmes is Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Finance at Harvard Kennedy School. She was Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the US Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration. She has co-authored multiple books, including The Three Trillion Dollar War (with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz).   … Continued

0:08 – Mondays with Mitch: Sanders vs. Biden debate, and COVID-19 bill passed in the House, will the Senate pass it? 0:34 – COVID-19 has now closed 85 percent of California schools. Jeff Freitas is the president of the California Federation of Teachers Brent Stephens is the Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and … Continued

0:08 – Democratic primary results, Bernie falling behind, Biden sweeping Michigan and more. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, and covering the 2020 Democratic presidential race. 0:34 – The needs of unsheltered people during coronavirus Jennifer Friedenbach is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness (@TheCoalitionSF). Candice Elder is the … Continued

New York Governor calls in National Guard to address coronavirus outbreak in New York suburb. Italy’s coronavirus cases top 10,000 as nation uses military and police to enforce travel bans. CDC says medical facilities and nursing homes need to do more to prevent COVID-19 spread. Trump administration outlines coronavirus response, pushes for payroll tax cut. … Continued

0:08 – Mondays with Mitch: Elizabeth Warren drops out of the Presidential race, tomorrow’s Super Tuesday, Biden leading in the race and delegate count, and more. 0:34 – Recently fired Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has threatened to bring legal action and publicly criticized the Police Commission and federal oversight, targeting the court-appointed monitor, Robert … Continued

Governments across the world scramble to contain coronavirus as cases near 100,000. San Francisco announces its first two cases of COVID-19 coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. doesn’t have enough COVID-19 testing kits. Nurses and health care workers say hospitals are unprepared for coronavirus. Democrat Elizabeth Warren ends bid for presidency, gives no … Continued

0:08 – Voting and election integrity Richard Hasen (@rickhasen) is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California Irvine, and a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation. His new book is Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy. 0:34 – Money in politics … Continued

0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: The Trump Administration announced its reached a peace deal with the Taliban and an agreement to pull troops out of Afghanistan; 2020 Democratic field is shrinking: Mayor Pete and Tom Steyer drop out; plus more on Super Tuesday. 0:34 – Primary Election 2020 Debate: Oakland’s Measure Q, a parcel tax … Continued


We are conducting news reporter training remotely during the pandemic. You can join the KPFA News Department as a volunteer or unpaid intern and help provide critical reporting. 

Your stories will air on the nightly Pacifica Evening News at 6 PM, which is also broadcast (in part) on KPFK Los Angeles, on KFCF in Fresno and other community radio stations. 


  • How to record audio interviews, press conferences and hearings remotely, using your computer.
  • How to write for broadcast.
  • How to produce finished reports from home in your own voice and submit them for broadcast electronically.  
  • On a limited basis, how to do field reporting using techniques to keep you and the people you interview as safe as possible.


  • A working computer that you will use to download audio software, edit, record and write. 
  • An ability to do at least limited technical problem solving when things go wrong.
  • No previous journalism experience required, but you must be good writer. 


  • You should be available to work at least one weekday (or more) while training. Once trained, you can transfer to the weekend to report. We ask for a total commitment of six months. 

We accept applications on a rolling basis. To apply, click HERE to complete an application form, then email a writing sample to [email protected] with the subject line “KPFA News Reporter Internship.”

For more information email [email protected] or call 510 848 6767 ext 228


Internships: KPFA’s “UpFront”

**Note: We suspended the on-boarding of new UpFront interns during the pandemic, and are now reviewing applications for internships starting in early 2022. We’re unsure if we’ll have returned to in-person work by then, but would like you to be available to work from our studios in downtown Berkeley if we have**

The Show
UpFront is a fast-paced magazine-format public affairs program covering local, state, national, and international news developments. It broadcasts on the San Francisco Bay Area’s KPFA-FM weekday mornings from 7:AM to 9:AM.

The Work
Interns become a part of our production team: they contribute ideas during editorial meetings; conceptualize, research, and prepare segments; book guests, gather audio, and edit recorded material; post website descriptions and update social media accounts.

What You Get
We train interns on some technical skills (line production, audio editing) on an as-needed basis. Aside from that, you’ll learn how a daily radio program gets put together—by actually doing it. We’re a small staff, so we give interns more responsibility than most organizations. We’re committed to the personal growth of our interns: we’ll give you regular feedback and advice on your work.

KPFA’s training programs are well-respected at news organizations around the Bay Area, as this is where many of their staff started. This internship is also an excellent entrée to further work with KPFA.

What You Don’t Get

What We Require
Good writing skills, communication skills, and computer skills.

What We Like
Some previous experience with journalism or radio production. If you have experience using field-recording equipment, we may send you out on assignment from time to time. If you’re primarily interested in field reporting, however, we encourage you to pursue the 6-month KPFA News Training Program.

We are particularly interested in interns who will expand the breadth of UpFront’s coverage by bringing their own background knowledge and community contacts to editorial discussions. Women, People of Color, LGBTQ and formerly incarcerated persons strongly encouraged to apply

What You Commit To
At least three days per week (24 hours) for at least 10 weeks, or at least two days per week (16 hours) for at least four months. Most of our work happens during business hours. However, you may have to field returned calls and emails from sources after hours.

How To Apply
Submit cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with the word “INTERNSHIP” on the subject line.

Students seeking Summer internships should apply by February 1. All other applications are considered on a rolling basis.


Operations Department Internship Program

The KPFA Operations Department Internship Program is a 6 month program designed to train individuals interested in producing radio and podcasts. Interns will learn and apply the skills of multitrack digital audio editing, engineering studio recordings, media management, website and social media content posting and promotion, line producing, board operating live and pre-recorded programs.

Internship session: TBD

Commitment: 12 hours per week, 2 days a week.

  • Day 1: 10am-4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Day 2: 10am-4pm Friday – Program meeting, radio and podcast production training.

For more information click here

To apply: Contact operationstraining@kpfa.org with cover letter and resume by date TBD.  Please use “KPFA Operations Department Intern Applicant” in the subject heading of your email.