The Education Foundation board of directors
Established in 1991, The Daily Californian Education Foundation works to raise money for student training in journalism and newspaper management at the newspaper. The Daily Californian Alumni Association is a unit of the Foundation. The Daily Cal is the only student newspaper in the nation to have a separate nonprofit foundation supporting its training goals.
David Corvo '72
After serving as editor of the Daily Cal, David began his broadcast
journalism career in 1975 at a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. He went
on to a long career as an executive at CBS News, where he served in
various capacities, including overseeing the network's prime-time
newsmagazine programs. After almost three years with Fox News
Productions, he joined NBC News as vice president in 1995.
In June 2001, he was appointed Executive Producer of the primetime
newsmagazine Dateline NBC. He and his wife, writer Michele Willens,
have two children and live in New York.
Karlyn Barker '68
Alumni Association Co-Coordinator
Karlyn majored in English Literature at UC Berkeley but spent most of her time in The Daily Californian newsroom. She was a reporter (covering campus protests), editorial page editor and then editor in chief. After leaving Cal, she received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and went on to work for UPI in both Washington and New York. She is now as assistant city editor on the Metro staff of The Washington Post, where she has worked as a reporter and editor for about 32 years, with a three-year break when she returned to California to work at the Orange County Register and the San Francisco Examiner.
Robert Bazell BA '67, C. Phil. '70
Robert Bazell is a 1967 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley with a
bachelor's degree in biochemistry. While at Berkeley, he wrote a science
column and covered science-related news for the Daily Cal.
During his career with NBC News, Bazell has reported on a wide range of
subjects in the areas of science, technology and medicine, from throughout
the United States and around the world. He has won numerous awards for his
reports, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for
distinguished achievement and meritorious service in broadcasting. In
addition to the Peabody Award, Bazell has been widely honored for his
reporting. He was won two Emmys and was recognized for his extensive
coverage of the AIDS epedemic that began in 1982, when only a few cases had
After graduating from Berkeley, Bazell did graduate work in biology at the
University of Sussex, England, in 1969, and was awarded a doctoral
candidate degree in immunology at Berkeley. Bazell began his journalism
career in 1971 as a writer for the News and Comment section of Science
magazine. A year later, he moved to The New York Post as a reporter. In
1976, before he joined NBC News, he was briefly a reporter with WNBC-TV,
the NBC station in New York. Bazell lives in New York with his wife, Margot
Weinshel, and has three children, Rebecca, Josh and Stephanie.
Joyce Chen '03
With a major in Mass Communications and minors in Public Policy and
Business, Joyce spent four years on the business side of The Daily
Californian. She started as an Account Executive for her first two
years then became the Advertising Sales Manager in her Junior and
Senior years. During her years at Cal, her other activities included
serving as the Assistant Director (02-03) of the Cal-in-the Capital
program formerly headed by the California Alumni Association and being
a Resident Assistant in the Residence Halls for two years. Joyce also
spent two summers working for a Statistical Research and Marketing
consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Joyce currently works for E&J
Gallo Winery as a part of their Management Development Program in
their Sales/Marketing department.
Dan Jung '00
Alumni Association Co-Coordinator
Dan majored in biology at UC Berkeley and was on his way to become a
scientist when The Daily Californian derailed his promising career in
paleontology. He spent three years with the paper, first as a staff
photographer, then photo editor, and finally as editor in chief. After
graduation, Dan headed to New York City where he got a master's degree in
journalism from Columbia University. He started working in Washington D.C.
as a multimedia editor for the French news service, Agence France Presse
and remained at that post for a little less than a year. Dan is currently
working as a nation, politics, and world news producer for
washingtonpost.com and lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Elisabeth (Jonsson) Kersten '70
Ms. Kersten has been director of the Senate Office of Research since
1983. Previously she was chief consultant to the Assembly Economic
Development and New Technologies Committee and prior to that was
deputy chief of staff to Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr. She has
extensive state budget experience, having served as a consultant to
the Senate Finance Committee, the Assembly Ways and Means Committee
and the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. Her administrative
experience includes serving as deputy director for the state
Employment Development Department and the California Department of
Consumer Affairs. She did her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in
economics and English and received her master's degree in public
administration from the UC Berkeley School of Public Policy.
She is married to an attorney in the Office of the Legislative Counsel
and has three grown children.
Erik Klavon '04
Erik worked at the Daily Cal from the Fall of 1998 to the Summer of
2000 as the Manager of Information Systems. During this period he
oversaw the replacement of almost every computer and electronic system
in the newspaper thanks in great part to funding from the
Foundation. He led the effort to design a new, entirely digital
workflow for the Editorial, Photography, Production and Advertising
departments using the Quark Publishing System. During his time at
Berkeley, Erik has worked on numerous projects involving departments
ranging from Computer Science to the Library. He currently works for
the Campus Communication and Network Services group and will graduate
from Cal this May with a degree in Physics and Computer Science.
Peter McCarty '77
Peter worked on the Daily Cal while earning a degree in English at UC
Berkeley. He is a Financial Representative for the Northwestern Mutual
Financial Network (http://www.nmfn.com/petermccarty). He has 17 years
experience in providing academic continuing education to journalists and has
26 years experience in fund-raising, development and management of nonprofit
corporations. Peter, his wife, Charlotte, and sons John Thomas and James
Peter live with their golden retriever, Independence, in the San Fernando
John Oppedahl '67
While earning a degree in political science at UC Berkeley, John was editor
of the Daily Cal. He went on to receive a master's in journalism at
Columbia University. He began his journalism career at the San Francisco
Examiner, and has also worked at the Detroit Free Press, the Dallas Times
Herald, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Arizona Republic in
various capacities. Most recently, he was the publisher and CEO of the
Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle. John lives in San Francisco, and
has a son, Max, who lives in Phoenix.
Joe Pichirallo '71
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in journalism and serving as editor of the Daily Cal, Joe began a reporting career that included stints at the San Francisco Examiner, the Miami Herald and the Washington Post, where he covered such stories as the Iran Contra Affair and the fall of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. He left journalism in 1992 for a career in film. After starting at HBO, he helped launch Fox Searchlight Pictures, where he is vice president of production. He has been chairman of the board of the Daily Cal's parent company since 1993. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mary Rainwater.
Johnathan Rodgers in March 2003 was named president and CEO of TV One, the new TV channel targeting adult African American and urban viewers that was launched January 19, 2004 by Comcast Corporation, the nations largest cable operator, and Radio One, the largest radio broadcaster primarily targeting African-American and urban listeners. TV One includes a broad mix of original and existing programming from all the entertainment genres, including scripted and unscripted dramas, sitcoms, game shows, movies, plays and news magazines. A portion of the programming will be devoted to public affairs and news documentaries.
Previously, Rodgers was president of Discovery Networks, U.S. for six years, where he was responsible for all aspects of the domestic television division including programming, affiliate sales, advertising sales, marketing, research, business development and communications. Discovery Networks owns, operates and manages the Discovery Channel, TLC (The Learning Channel), Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery en Espanol, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Science Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery Civilization Channel and Discovery Wings Channel.
Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Inc. in 1996, Rodgers had a successful 20-year career at CBS, Inc., where he held a variety of executive positions including serving at the President of CBS highly profitable television stations division. During his career at CBS television, Rodgers also served as an award-winning news director and general manager and as an executive producer for CBS News.
Rodgers began his professional career as a print journalist working as a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated; he later worked for Newsweek magazine as an associate editor.
Rodgers serves on the boards of the Childrens Defense Fund and the Peabody Awards and he is a trustee of the University of California (Berkeley) Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Procter & Gamble Company.
He received his undergraduate degree in journalistic studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and his masters in communications from Stanford University.
Larry Wilson '77
While earning a degree in English at UC Berkeley, Larry was the Daily Cal's rock music critic. Today he is editor of the Pasadena Star-News, a 42,000-circulation daily in Southern California. From 1987-1994 Larry was editorial page editor of the Star-News. Before that, he was business manager and assistant editor of the Pasadena Weekly. He has worked as a freelance journalist, a copy editor at Rolling Stone Press and as a technical writer in Saudi Arabia. In 1982, he received a master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Phoebe Wall Wilson, an architect and city planner, and their daughter, Julia.