UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.
Cat Brooks is UpFront’s Co-Host, and a long-time performer and activist. She played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant and is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) whose mission is to rapidly respond to – and eradicate – police terror in communities of color. APTP has successfully developed a model for first response to police violence that is currently being replicated across the state of California, and the country. Cat trained at the Royal National Theater Studio in London. Notable roles include Lady Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and Ruth in Raisin in the Sun. She was recently nominated Best Featured Actress by the Bay Area Theater Circle Critics for her work in Low Hanging Fruit with the Three Girls Theater Company.
Brian Edwards-Tiekert is the founder and co-host of UpFront. He started his work in media helping to set up the Independent Media Center in Chiapas, Mexico, where he also did human rights work. For two years, he ran a nationwide support program for progressive publications at colleges and universities. He started in radio as a beat reporter covering environmental justice issues for KPFA, where he also served as a network correspondent for international climate talks, produced an award-winning climate documentary series, established a long-form journalism training program, then adapted that curriculum for groups ranging from high school students in Los Altos to inmates in San Quentin Prison. In 2016, he was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
Salima Hamirani hosts and produces the Friday edition of UpFront, She got her start in radio working on National Radio Project’s Making Contact, covering topics like immigration, religion, prison, how technology affects culture, incarceration and organizing. She also contributes regularly to KPFA’s Asian-American magazine Apex Express, writes fiction and speculative fiction, and works as a personal trainer.
Lucy Kang is UpFront’s Producer. She trained in radio journalism at the Transom Story Workshop. She’s worked as a reporter for KPFA’s News Department, helped produce KALW’s local podcast documentary series, The Intersection, and has reported for outlets ranging from Crosscurrents to Bay Nature.
Aileen Alfandary is UpFront’s News Editor. She’s been co-directing KPFA’s award-winning news department since 1978, when she cut her teeth producing all-night coverage of the nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island. She gets to work at 4:30 AM every morning . . . by bicycle.
Mitch Jeserich is UpFront’s national politics editor. He got his start as KPFA’s California State Political Reporter in Sacramento before going to Washington DC to cover the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. In 2009 Mitch launched a pilot program called Letters from Washington, chronicling the first 100 days of the Obama administration, that would become Letters & Politics, a nationally-syndicated daily radio program that won the designation “Most Valuable Radio Show” on the 2016 Progressive Honor Roll of The Nation magazine.