Radio Faculty & Lecturers
Bill Drummond (Professor)
William J. Drummond’s career includes stints at The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, where he covered the civil rights movement, and the Los Angeles Times, where he was a local reporter, then bureau chief in New Delhi and Jerusalem and later a Washington correspondent. Drummond was appointed a White House Fellow in 1976 by Gerald R. Ford, worked briefly for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and eventually became associate press secretary to President Jimmy Carter. In 1977 he joined NPR and became the founding editor of “Morning Edition.” Drummond has been honored with a National Press Club Foundation Award, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for Journalism Excellence, and the Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Black Condition from the National Association of Black Journalists. His research interest lies in incorporating stress-reduction techniques into journalism education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Ben Manilla (Visiting Lecturer)
Ben Manilla is one of America's foremost audio producers. His 30-year career spans all aspects of radio. He has produced series for National Public Radio, The Disney Company, The Library of Congress, CBS, PBS, and many others. His consulting firm, Media Mechanics, created a full-time satellite channel for Starbucks, invented a new music format for public radio in Milwaukee, and is developing a new cable TV series starring Laura Dern. For seventeen years, Ben has collaborated with Dan Aykroyd on the House of Blues radio series. Together, they wrote the book, "Elwood's Blues". Ben’s work has been honored with the Major Armstrong Award, The Edward R. Murrow Award, The Music Journalism Award, The Ohio State Public Service Broadcasting Award, Billboard Magazine’s Syndicated Radio Show Award, and many more. Ben is currently working on a multi-hour TV and radio series on The History of Recorded Music with Sir George Martin. Ben has a degree in Drama from New York University.
Holly Kernan (Lecturer)
Holly Kernan is the news director at public radio station KALW-FM in San Francisco and the architect of the award-winning Public Interest Reporting Project. She is also the director of the Public Radio Program at Mills College in Oakland. Kernan has worked at New America Media, Youth Radio, KQED, Link TV and Canal Sur in Spain, where she produced historical documentaries for public television. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Society for Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi, Edward R. Murrow, American Women in Radio and Television, Northern California Society for Professional Journalists’ Public Service Award and was recently named "Journalist of the Year" by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.
Robin Wise (Visiting Lecturer)
Robin Wise is an independent audio engineer working from her post-production studio, Sound Imagery, in Sebastopol, CA.
Robin has engineered and served as technical director for over 150 radio documentaries. Awards received for these programs include The Peabody Award, The Robert Wood Johnson Award, AAAS Award, Silver Baton of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Women in Communications Award, and the Clarion Award. Robin has provided digital audio technology training and consulting at the United Nations, AARP Headquarters, Marketplace, Savvy Traveler, radio stations, SoundPrint Media Center, and to countless radio documentarians. Her field recording locations include India, Pakistan, South Africa, Central America and Europe. Robin performs post production for Simon & Schuster Audio Books, and creates CD masters and DVDs for diverse projects.
Davia Nelson (Visiting Instructor)
Nelson and Silva, also known as the "Kitchen Sisters", are frequent contributors to NPR.
Nikki Silva (Visiting Instructor)
George Lewinski (Visiting Lecturer)
George Lewinski has worked in radio and television since college in 1965. He is senior producer of ‘Pacific Time’ a KQED-produced and Public Radio International-distributed weekly program on Asia and Asian America. Previously, he was foreign editor of the award-winning ‘Marketplace’ program. Up to 1988 he was employed the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Montreal, Toronto and London, England, as writer, editor, program producer and reporter for both radio and television news and current affairs. He has taught at the School for a decade.
Sarah Sarasohn ()
Sarasohn is current the Commentaries Editor for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." She has also produced, directed, edited and reported for "All Things Considered" for over a decade.
Claire Schoen (lecturer)
Claire Schoen has been an independent media producer for over 25 years, working on a wide variety of documentary, educational and corporate projects. As a producer/director, she has created over 20 long-format radio documentaries and numerous short audio works as well as several documentary films. As a sound designer she has recorded, edited and mixed sound for film, video, radio, museum tour and theater productions. Her radio pieces have enjoyed international as well as national distribution through venues including American Radio Works, Marketplace, Living on Earth and CBS Radio. Schoen's radio productions have garnered numerous awards for Best Documentary, including two Gracies, two Clarions and an NFCB Golden Reel. She has also shared in both a Peabody and duPont-Columbia award.
David Charron (Visiting Lecturer)
Charron has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from
Stanford and his MBA from Haas. He joined the faculty in 2003 after having
served as CEO of 6Gear Inc. and Osner Inc. Charron has also consulted for
various startups, serves as Executive Director of the Berkeley
Entrepreneurship Laboratory and is a Mentor to the Global Social Venture
Competition at Haas. Charron teaches several courses at Haas
including, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Entrepreneurship Workshop for
Start-Ups Life as an Entrepreneur, Business Model Innovation for New
Cy Musiker (Visiting Lecturer)
Cyrus Musiker is the evening news anchor and a reporter at KQED Public Radio. During his 13 years at the station, Cyrus has also worked as Senior Editor for News and as Senior Producer for The California Report. He files, on occasion, for All Things Considered and Morning Edition on National Public Radio, and for PRI’s The World. Cyrus graduated from Hampshire College eons ago, then worked in the wine business before finding his calling as a radio news hound. Cy received a master's degree from the School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, then freelanced for years. for KPFA, NPR's Latin File, Living on Earth, Marketplace, the BBC, CBC, UPI, and "the smiling man," Charles Osgood. The Society for Professional Journalists gave Cy their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism back in 2001.
Terisa Estacio (Lecturer)
Terisa started working with KRON in 2001. A veteran of the news business, Terisa's experience spans much of the nation. She previously worked as a correspondent for CBS's Newspath traveling the nation to all breaking news events. Terisa has covered numerous high-profile court cases including the trial of the men accused of beating and killing Matthew Shepard's because he was gay, and the trial and execution of Timothy McVeigh. Terisa has also traveled the country covering national disasters including the country's worst floods, hurricanes, and fires.
Turning to politics, Terisa worked as a White House correspondent for Tribune Broadcasting during President Clinton's first term. She was later on the scene for much of the breaking news surrounding the 2000 Presidential race between President Bush and then Candidate Al Gore.
In more than two decades as a journalist, Terisa has worked for television stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Texas, Sacramento, Reno and Eureka. Now settled in the Bay Area, Terisa covers a wide range of topics for KRON-TV, with an emphasis on crime, the courts and top investigative stories of the day.
Terisa was born and raised in the Bay Area and is very proud and extremely happy to be back home covering the important stories for Bay Area residents.
She lives in the North Bay with her dog, Kalvin.
Shane Sharkey (Lecturer)
Shane Sharkey is the owner and director of Big Toe Audio, an audio production company specializing in syndicated radio production. Shane has produced radio specials and syndicated programs for music, sports and talk radio for over 13 years. His award winning work includes projects for The Oakland Raiders, KGO 810 AM, The House of Blues, Putumayo World Music, Walt Disney World, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and much more. Shane lives with his wife and three children in Castro Valley, California.
Peter Finch (Lecturer)
Peter Finch has worked in radio news since 1979. As a reporter he has covered a wide range of major stories from Super Bowls to national political conventions, and one civil war. Since 1993 he has been the News Director at KFOG-FM in San Francisco. He writes, edits, and anchors the morning news, and hosts and produces a weekly public affairs show as well as an award winning weekly feature known as The Fogfiles. He was also a contributor to Beyond Computers, a weekly show on technology distributed by Public Radio International. He serves on the board of the Northern California Chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors Association and was President of the organization from 1999 to 2003. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, two children, two cats and one dog.