KQED, Inc. is a public media outlet based in San Francisco, California, which owns KQED Television and KQED Public Radio. Their other projects include KQED Interactive, and KQED Education. KQED is owned by Northern California Public Broadcasting, which also owns KQET public television, KQEH public television, and KQEI public radio.


KQED was organized and created by veteran broadcast journalistsJames Day and Jonathan Rice on June 1, 1953, and first went on air April 5, 1954. It was the sixth public broadcasting station in the United States, debuting shortly after WQED in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station's call letters, Q.E.D., are taken from the Latin phrase, quod erat demonstrandum, commonly used in mathematics.[2]KQED-FM was founded by James Day in 1969 as the radio arm of KQED Television.

On May 1, 2006, KQED, Inc. and the KTEH Foundation merged to form Northern California Public Broadcasting.[3] The KQED assets including its television (KQED TV) and FM radio stations (KQED-FM) were taken under the umbrella of that new organization. Both remain members of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), respectively. With this change, KQED and KTEH are considered as sister-stations today. KTEH would change its call letters to KQEH and rebrand to "KQED Plus" on July 1, 2011 after research found that most viewers were unaware that KTEH was affiliated with KQED.[4]

KQED Public Television

KQED is a Public Broadcasting Service-member public television station in San Francisco, California, broadcasting digitally on UHF channel 30 (Ex-Analog Channel 9). This channel is also carried on Comcastcable TV and via satellite by DirecTV and Dish Network. Its transmitter is located on Sutro Tower, and has studios based in San Francisco's Mission District.

"KQED Public Television 9 is one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime."[5] "KQED airs more independent films than any other public broadcasting station in the country."[5]

KQED Public Radio

KQED-FM (88.5 FM) is an NPR-member radio station owned by Northern California Public Broadcasting in San Francisco, California.

KQED Public Radio is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation.[6][5]

KQED Education

KQED Education produces educational media which is distributed to educators through the internet.[5]

KQED Interactive

"KQED Interactive develops content and applications for digital platforms and mobile devices."[5]