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. 

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.

Doug McKnight


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.

Doug McKnight


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.