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Michael Jay Krasny (born September 22, 1944) is an American radio host and professor who is currently the host of Forum, a news and public affairs program on San Francisco public radio station KQED-FM covering current events, politics, and culture. Krasny has served as the host of Forum since 1993.[1] Additionally, Krasny is currently a professor of English literature at San Francisco State University.

Michael Krasny
Michael Krasny in 2008.jpg
Krasny in 2008
Michael Jay Krasny

(1944-09-22) September 22, 1944 (age 74)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Station(s)KQED-FM, Sirius
Time slotMonday–Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Pacific)
CountryUnited States
Previous show(s)KTIM (FM) - Beyond the Hot Tub - KGO (AM) - Nightfocus
KRON-TV - Take Issue
NPR - Talk of the Nation


In the late 1970s, Krasny hosted a weekly Marin County talk show called "Beyond the Hot Tub" on low-power rock radio station KTIM-FM.[2][3] He went on to host a popular radio program on KGO (AM) from 1984 to December 1992.[4] He became the host of Forum in 1993, expanding the focus of the program to more national themes.[5]

Krasny is a professor of English at San Francisco State University where he has taught primarily American literature since 1970.[1] He received his B.A. cum laude in 1966 and M.A. in 1967 from Ohio University, where he attended the Honors College and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a Ph.D. in 20th century American literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1]

Krasny is a widely published scholar, critic and fiction writer. He has also worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector and as a moderator for nonprofit events.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Krasny is a long-time resident of Greenbrae, California.[2] SFSU Online Magazine[6] reports that Krasny's wife is an attorney and an alumna of San Francisco State University, and that Krasny has two daughters.

Born in Cleveland and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Krasny is a second-generation American whose grandparents immigrated from Russia and Lithuania and grew up in a Jewish household.[7][8] In his 2010 book Spiritual Envy, Krasny revealed that he became agnostic later in life.[7]

Michael is among the outstanding graduates of Cleveland Heights High School (class of 1962) featured in the book Every Tiger Has a Tale.[9] Despite his intellectual reputation today, Krasny admits to having had a "bad boy" reputation while growing up in Cleveland Heights.[10]


  • Krasny, Michael (2007). Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life. Stanford General Books. ISBN 978-0-8047-5671-6.
  • Krasny, Michael (2010). Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest. New World Library. ISBN 978-1-57731-912-2.
  • Krasny, Michael (2016). Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means. HarperColins. ISBN 9780062422057.


  1. ^ a b c d "KQED Radio Staff: Michael Krasny". KQED. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  2. ^ a b Liberatore, Paul (2007-10-22). "Krasny: The thinking person's talk host". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  3. ^ Selvin, Joel (2003-02-11). "A Voice of Calm Amid the Chatter: Ever erudite, Michael Krasny marks his 10 years as a KQED talk-show host". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  4. ^ Woodward, Keith (25 September 2006). "KGO History - Some Events of the Past Decade". Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Krasny, Michael (21 November 2007). "Michael Krasny Talks 'Off Mike'". Forum (Interview: Audio). Interviewed by Cynthia Gorney. KQED-FM. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  6. ^ Griffin, Ellen (Fall–Winter 2003). "Michael Krasny: Reading, Writing and Radio". SFSU Magazine. Archived from the original on 2004-09-04. Retrieved 2014-07-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ a b "The quest for faith: Michael Krasnys new book details life as an agnostic". JWeekly: The Jewish News of Northern California. November 19, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Aschenbrand, Periel (February 24, 2017). "The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Michael Krasny". Tablet. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Stromberg, Gary (2009-03-11). Every Tiger has a Tale: Generations of grads from a Cleveland area high school share their amazing life stories. Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse. pp. 89–97. ISBN 978-1-4401-2748-9.
  10. ^ Fresh Dialogues interview with Alison van Diggelen, April 2009/

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