Doug McKnight

Senior Adviser, Reporter and 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

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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California American Water is moving forward with its plan to solve the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply problem.  And the company Deepwater Desal has been tapped as a back-up.  So what does that mean for the People’s Moss Landing Desalination Project? 

Admiral Jan Tighe is beginning her fourth month as the Interim President of the Naval Post Graduate School. She arrived along with a blistering report from the Navy’s Inspector General. The report resulted in the removal her predecessor Dan Oliver and placed Provost Leonard Ferrari on administrative leave.

National Park Service

Monday marked the dedication of America’s newest national park. The Pinnacles is the 59th in the national park system. It is the first new park in more than eight years.

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A Navy investigation at the Naval Postgraduate School has led to a shake-up in the school’s top leadership.    

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Pacific Grove’s narrow streets, old homes and love of the past have earned it the title of America’s Last Hometown.  But a controversial ballot measure now has residents arguing about how much change is too much change.

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Cash strapped coastal cities could face millions of dollars in new expenses.  The State Water Resources Board wants them to treat storm water runoff into the Pacific Ocean as if its sewage water.

Gilroy’s 34th annual Garlic Festival is next week. Behind the celebration of this popular produce, local garlic growers are in an ongoing trade war with China.

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This year’s primary election will be different than any since California became a state. It’s the first affected by California’s new top-two vote getter rule.  As a result some candidates are trying to figure out how to campaign.

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Beginning March 20th if you buy something in Santa Cruz County, you’ll need to bring your own bag, or be ready to pay 10-cents for a paper bag.  The ban on single use plastic bags affects all businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county except restaurants. But there is an effort underway to include them in the ban. 

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