Professor Krasny Announces Retirement as Host of KQED's 'Forum'

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Michael Krasny signing a copy of his book while seated at a table
Professor Michael Krasny signs a copy of of his book “Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means” at a campus event in 2017. Photo by Hannah Anderson.

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL -- Over his broadcasting career, Krasny has interviewed some of the most prominent newsmakers and political and cultural figures of the past half century, including Maya Angelou, President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Francis Ford Coppola, John McCain, Toni Morrison, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, Sean Penn, Salman Rushdie, Carl Sagan and Bernie Sanders.

Marin author Isabel Allende has called him “the best interviewer I have ever encountered.”

“He really has a way of putting you at ease when you’re on the air with him,” said KQED reporter and editor Dan Brekke, who is a regular guest on the show.

Brekke said that while going on the air with Krasny can feel “like talking to a friend,” the “Forum” host also takes a more serious approach to his interviews on sensitive topics.

In addition to his radio career, Krasny is a professor of English at San Francisco State University and has also taught at Stanford University, the University of San Francisco and UC San Francisco, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes.