Doug McKnight

Senior Adviser / Host

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


Clint Eastwood and his first wife Maggie are donating a large piece of land to the Big Sur Land Trust to help create a flood plain and green belt.

Doug McKnight

California’s June 7th Primary election may see the largest increase in new voters in decades.

The Monterey County Elections Office looks like a department store at Christmas. New voters are registering to vote.  Others are asking questions.  And the staff is gearing up for what is likely to be a very busy night.

Doug McKnight

The City of Pacific Grove is holding a special election on April 19th with just one issue on the ballot. It is an initiative to change a zoning restriction and allow a hotel to be built on the site of the American Tin Cannery. While zoning issues generally don’t generate much interest, this one’s become a fight for the City’s future.

Doug McKnight

Former Assemblywoman Anna Caballero hopes to return to the California State Assembly.

Her announcement Thursday came as a surprise to some who thought she would run for the Congressional seat of retiring Representative Sam Farr.

But standing in the sunlit courtyard of the Salinas City Hall where she served 15 years as councilwoman and mayor, Anna Caballero announced she is running for the state Assembly seat now held by Luis Alejo.

Doug McKnight

The first thing you may notice about Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Beth Shapiro is how good she is explaining complex science to non-scientists.

You see it not only in her book, “How to Clone a Mammoth, The Science of De-Extinction”,  but also in how she uses humor to inform like in her 2013 TEDx presentation where she introduces herself saying: “I am a molecular Paleontologist, sound sophisticated?  Actually, I just made it up.”

Explaining complex subjects in simple terms is a skill she developed early in life.

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