Doug McKnight

Senior Adviser

Doug joined KAZU in 2004 as Development Director overseeing fundraising and grants. He was promoted to General Manager in 2009 and is currently retired and working part time in membership fundraising and news reporting at KAZU.

Prior to joining KAZU, Doug worked in television news in Detroit, San Francisco, San Jose and Monterey and served briefly as General Manager at channel 46. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Broadcast Communications from Michigan State University and a MBA from St. Mary’s College. Doug was President of the Northern California News Directors Association for two years and served on its board for 10 years. He also served on the board of the California First Amendment Coalition and the Jane Pauley Task Force on Journalism Education. 

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5:37 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

King City Police Officers Arrested in Car Towing Scheme

Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announces the arrest of six members of the King City Police Department.
Credit Doug McKnight

Six King City police officers, including the former police chief and acting police chief, are facing corruption charges.  The arrests were made Tuesday morning by the Monterey County Sheriff,  the FBI, Salinas Police and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.

Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said the arrests came after a six month investigation initiated by complaints from King city residents. “People saying they take our  property, they take our money, they take our cars,” said Flippo.

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Local
10:01 am
Thu August 15, 2013

A Community Approach to Wildfires

The view from Chews Ridge.
Credit Doug McKnight

Another dry winter has left the state of California under a heightened fire danger.  It’s a reality that hit close to home last month when a wildfire blackened more than 200 acres of land near the Tassajara Mountain Zen Center.  There’s a local organization that’s trying to take some of the uncertainty out of wildfires by bringing together firefighters, property owners and environmentalists to work out concerns before fire strikes. 

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Local
6:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Dueling Initiatives Over Land on Fort Ord

Oaks on the land slated for development and proposed for a development ban.
Credit Doug McKnight

This November, Monterey County voters will face dueling initiatives with different visions for a piece of land on Fort Ord. One measure seeks to maintain the original plan to develop some 500 acres on the former Army base, the other to prohibit development of the land.

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Local
12:53 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Measure T Would Let Watsonville Annex Farmland By Highway 1

Farmland that would be annexed if Measure T passes.
Credit Doug McKnight

An upcoming vote in Santa Cruz County next week pits agricultural interests against public officials who want to diversify the economy.  Measure T would allow the City of Watsonville to annex 95 acres of farmland.  It's the only measure on the ballot in a special election this Tuesday.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Dam Removal Critical for Safety and Fish

the San Clemente Dam in Carmel Valley
Credit Doug McKnight

The San Clemente Dam will be removed from the Carmel River.  Wednesday the Monterey County Planning Commission approved the project.  Removal starts this summer.  The dam was built nearly a hundred years ago but now represents a threat to both those living down river and to a specific species of fish.

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