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. 

Doug McKnight

Monterey County’s only art house cinema abruptly closed last month, leaving behind a gaping hole for movie goers looking for new documentaries and independent films.  But now there’s an effort underway to re-open the Osio Cinemas in downtown Monterey.

Jirko Senkel stands in the deserted lobby of the Osio Cinemas. It’s theaters are dark.  The popcorn machine is empty and no one is selling tickets. In fact, the only thing filling the lobby these days are the sounds of the adjacent café.

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.

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. 

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.

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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