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July/August 2012


KPBS_LunchHour_x280KPBS LunchHour featuring April Langwell, of the FBI, San Diego 
Friday, August 17, 2012 at 12 p.m.


The KPBS LunchHour will feature April Langwell, Public Affairs Specialist of the FBI in San Diego, speaking about identity theft and other common scams. She'll talk about how identity thieves get your personal information, how to protect yourself against various forms of fraud, and what things you can do if you fall victim.

Bring your own lunch to the KPBS Shiley Studio for this Producers Club hosted event. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is required.

To register, click here or, for more information, contact Jennifer Majors via email or call (619) 594-6374.



Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 6 p.m.
An Evening with Karen Krasne

Karen Krasne is the owner of Extraordinary Desserts & author of Extraordinary Cakes. Join us at The Westgate Hotel to hear about her new book and enjoy her extraordinary desserts.

The cost is $40 per person or $60 per couple (price includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a copy of Extraordinary Desserts, and hotel valet parking).

Invitation to follow in August.
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EstatePlanning1010image_108Estate Planning 101
Friday, September 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2012

Join us for a Free, Four-Part Educational Workshop Series at the KPBS Shiley Studio.

Courses include: Estate Planning 101; Estate Planning Basics; Advanced Health Care Directive, Conservatorship & Power of Attorney over Assets; Advanced Estate Planning; Charitable Income & Tax Planning Issues; IRA, 401k, 403b and 457 plans; Savings & Retirement funds, beneficiary designations; Being a Trustee & Executor; and Case Study/Review.

All Sessions are hosted by Marguerite Lorenz, CTFA, CLPF

Two classes per day, for four days       
Session 1 --- 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Break --- 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Session 2 --- 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.                                        

Registration is required.
Go to or call (619) 752-6991 by September 1, 2012.



KPBS_GM_TomKarlox144Notes from the General Manager
Tom Karlo

Dear Friends:

Thanks to your support, KPBS ended the fiscal year on June 30, 2012, in the black. Not only did we meet our budget, but we made headway in the Producers Club membership. For the first time ever, more than 850 families are contributing more than $1.2M for valued programming at KPBS. We believe that in addition to economic changes, people want to make sure KPBS can continue to provide vital information and entertainment they trust and love. We have made an effort to be worthy of your support – and by your action, we believe you agree. Thank You!

I would be remiss if I did not publically thank four ambassadors who have been at every event and volunteered countless hours to support and grow the Producers Club. Kitty Wolcott, president, and members, Patti Nussbaum, Kathy Bettles and Julie Hatch serve as our Producers Club Committee bringing great ideas and suggestions, writing thank-you notes, and greeting you at our events. Thank You!

Other highlights of the past year include a trip to Italy last September, our gala last October, and golf tournament in March. All three brought in extra revenue for the station and were opportunities for our members to celebrate with us and get to know us. In Rome we dined with Sylvia Poggioli, at the gala at the Lodge at Torrey Pines we honored Gloria Penner for her lifetime achievement at KPBS, and Danah Fayman and Carol and Dick Hertzberg for their vision and extraordinary support. Our golf tournament and the 19th Hole Party at the La Jolla Country Club featured our special guest players, NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman and Antiques Roadshow’s Mark L. Walberg.

Our new fiscal year started July 1, 2012 and I hope to see you at upcoming Producers Club events. With opportunities for theatre and receptions, home salon events with fantastic speakers, brown bag KPBS LunchHours, estate planning workshops, symposiums, the KPBS gala and more – I’m sure we’ll connect. And don’t forget to bring a friend!

Warm Regards,
Tom Karlo

Tom Karlo
General Manager and Producers Club Member



PeggyPico_headshot_x108Behind the Scenes at KPBS
Featuring Peggy Pico, the new host of KPBS Evening Edition

What is your favorite, most memorable or funniest piece that you did and why? One that tops the list was my exclusive report from inside the den of twin Sumatran tiger cubs at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Moments after their mother left, I sat down on the den floor. The two-month old cubs were stealth; one distracted me, while the other jumped on my back. They did it repeatedly and I’d jump and laugh every time! We had to retake the video several times.  The cubs obviously weren’t afraid of me, but they hissed and bared their tiny teeth at the camera.  Amazing experience and video.
(Click here to read the story and see the video.)

If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why? Deceased: Cleopatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, Einstein, Joseph Campbell, and Buddha. Living: Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Stephen Hawking, and any freshman college student (they’re articulate and idealistic enough to change the status quo).

What award have you won that means the most to you? Rewards (like chocolate) are more motivating to me than awards. But my first Emmy for breaking the iPod hearing loss story was very rewarding.  My story went global & helped convince MP3 makers to include a volume limit on their device, potentially saving many users from permanent hearing loss.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I tapped danced for years.  My last performance was at the Del Mar Fair when I was 14.

What’s your favorite spot in San Diego? I LOVE La Jolla Shores! As a teen, my mother gave up on driving me there as much as I wanted, so I’d take the bus from Clairemont nearly every weekend—rain or shine.   Not much seaweed, manageable waves, free-parking, fire pits, and of course, Jeff’s Burgers keeps me coming back.

Who was your favorite/most interesting person to interview? I’ve interviewed political leaders, comedians, actors and even royalty (Sarah Ferguson).  But, my favorite interviews are with everyday folks, like 84-year old widower, Leroy Easterly.  When I asked why he ditched the senior day care facility, he said “So I can go see my girlfriend, she’s 92 and likes it when I play her songs on my guitar.”  I ended the interview teary and humming his love songs for days.
(Click here to read the story and see the video.)

Click here to learn more about Peggy and read more of her work .


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KPBS Building KPBS Behind-the-Scenes Tours for Producers Club members

Don't miss this opportunity to tour KPBS! Come see the newly remodeled second floor Joan and Irwin Jacobs KPBS News Center. 

On the behind-the-scenes tour of KPBS you will meet on-air radio hosts, TV reporters and journalists frequently on KPBS. We go in the studios of KPBS Morning Edition, Roundtable on KPBS Midday Edition, and see the TV studio staff preparing for our new show KPBS Evening Edition. The tour is about one hour and then we spend a few minutes in Q & A; we love to get your feedback on KPBS. It is a very enjoyable, interesting and informative opportunity, and we would love for you to bring a guest(s).

Upcoming dates 2012:

  • Friday, July 20, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, September 14, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 12, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

We limit the tours to 15 people and tours fill up quickly, so be sure to contact Trina Hester via email or call (619) 594-2104 to reserve your spot! We look forward to hearing from you.

Questions or comments?
Contact Jennifer Majors via email or call (619) 594-6374,
Caitlin Bergin  via email or call (619) 594-6731,
Trina Hester via email or call (619) 594-2104, or
Stephanie Bergsma via email or call (619) 594-7822


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