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Information about Valley Public Radio, station programs, events and personalities.

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NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith will participate in a special virtual event Monday October 26th as part of Fresno State's President's Lecture Series.  The event will be moderated by Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore, and is sponsored by the station, as well as The Fresno Bee, KSEE24, and Valley PBS.

Keith, who grew up in Hanford, is also co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast and is a member of the “Politics Monday” team on PBS NewsHour. She will offer her insights on the November election, covering the Trump White House and other major stories for NPR. 

Valley Public Radio will participate in a new pilot program announced today by Microsoft that will help support local journalism in the Fresno area.

New programs are coming to Valley Public Radio’s lineup beginning September 14th. The changes make for a consistent news/talk lineup throughout the station’s weekday schedule, and the reintroduction of talk programming to the FM89 schedule. As a part of this change, the station is also moving midday classical music programming that is currently airing on weekdays to the station’s all-new digital channel KVPR Classical, which airs music programming 24/7.

We are at an inflection point for our society, our culture and even our radio station. Things aren’t likely to return to the same way they were before the pandemic, nor should they. At the same time as our nation struggles to deal with COVID-19, we are also undergoing a long overdue confrontation with ingrained racism in our society and institutions, all while we experience a period of political and economic turmoil that is unlike any in recent memory.


UPDATE: 9/14/20 1:00 PM - PG&E service has been restored at Meadow Lakes transmitter sites, meaning we are no longer running on our backup generator. While fire conditions could change at any time and threaten the transmitter site, our area is not currently in immediate danger.

Join Valley Public Radio this August for special coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from NPR. While the conventions will be held in a "virtual" format due to COVID-19, NPR will provide coverage of both parties as they nominate their presidential candidates for the November 2020 election. Coverage of the DNC will take place Monday August 17th - Thursday August 20th, from 6:00 PM - approx 8:30 PM. Coverage of the RNC will take place Monday August 24th - Thursday August 27th, from 6:00 PM - approx 8:30 PM.

COVID-19 has changed daily life for everyone, especially those of us in the workforce. And while many jobs in today’s economy are relatively easy to do remotely, thanks to advanced technology, others are more challenging – including broadcasting.

American Public Media

Booms, busts, bubbles, recessions, inflation – today's financial world is complex, and often overwhelming. Navigating news and numbers is increasingly difficult. That's where Marketplace comes in. And now Valley Public Radio listeners can hear the innovative journalism and interesting voices that have made Marketplace a favorite of nearly 14 million weekly listeners nationwide.

Audience Feedback

May 22, 2020

Let us know what you think, send a news tip, or tell us what Valley Public Radio means to you. Send a voice memo with your smartphone via email to, or use the Audience Feedback tool on the KVPR app to send us your comments in audio form. Note - sending us your comments grants Valley Public Radio permission to use your name and the audio recordings you send us on the air. It is not a gurantee that your comments will be broadcast. 


The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has awarded Valley Public Radio with the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

In a brand new special series from Valley Public Radio, award-winning journalist and author Mark Arax offers a special perspective on our times, viewed through the lens of writer William Saroyan. 

Each week, Valley writers will read a short story by Saroyan, and we’ll discuss its relevance.

The current COVID-19 crisis has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives, and the situation is no different for the staff of Valley Public Radio. We have experienced an unprecedented interruption of our normal operations, yet every day our team members continue to work hard to bring you the national, statewide and local programming you rely on. Our programming remains on-air, and while several station events including our wine tasting will be rescheduled, we remain committed to keeping you informed and inspired during these challenging times.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, we have temporarily suspended our local broadcasts of Clearly Classical and Young Artists Spotlight, and have directed nearly all station employees to work from home. As a result, we have temporarily replaced those locally-produced programs with network classical music programming from our friends at Classical 24, which is a national, live-hosted classical music program from American Public Media and PRX.

For news reports from NPR and from Valley Public Radio regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, click here. Other resources:

Share Your Story With StoryCorps In Bakersfield

Feb 27, 2020

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will be stopping in Bakersfield for three days of recording during its San Joaquin Valley Mobile Stop. Recording at the Beale Memorial Library from March 11-13, StoryCorps will make a limited number of appointments available to Valley Public Radio listeners.


Valley Public Radio’s news department once again walked away with multiple awards at the 70th Annual Golden Mike Awards in Los Angeles. The annual awards gala honors the best in broadcasting in Southern California, and is produced by the Southern California Radio and Television News Association. The February 15th event at the Universal Hilton Hotel featured a keynote address by former Fox News host Shepard Smith.

Valley Public Radio won honors in four categories in division B, including Best Public Affairs program for Valley Edition and Best News Reporting.

StoryCorps Mobile Tour Launch Event In Fresno

Feb 11, 2020

Join us for the StoryCorps opening ceremony Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 11:30AM at CMAC in Fresno

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in the San Joaquin Valley from February 12 to March 20 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected over 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.

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UPDATE 3/11/20: Out of an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus situation, the StoryCorps San Joaquin listening event previously scheduled for March 19, 2020 has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled to a new date later in the year. 

Valley Public Radio is pleased to announce that Kathleen Schock has joined the FM89 team as the new host of the station's news magazine program Valley Edition. The program airs Friday mornings at 9:00 AM with a rebroadcast at 7:00 PM, and is also available as a podcast.

A Fresno native, Kathleen has a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Fresno State.

Radiolab's Robert Krulwich Announces Retirement

Dec 6, 2019

After 15 years as the beloved co-host of WNYC Studios’ Radiolab and an illustrious five-decade career in print, television, and radio journalism, Robert Krulwich announced today that he will retire from the show in January 2020. Radiolab will release a special tribute episode in late January.

Robert announced the news in a heartfelt letter, which you can read here