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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Being American in Cuba

Being an American in Cuba is unlike anything I've experienced in my travels. "U.S. Americans" (since America covers far more than just the U.S.) are limited to what they can see, do or experience, if they are traveling legally in Cuba. What makes it so unusual, though, is that it's the U.S. government that is setting those restrictions not the communist Cuban government.

So there I was as a lecturer in Cuba for the Cal Discoveries Alumni Travel group, connected to the university that is known as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, limited by what I could do or whom I could interview. When I traveled to China during the Olympics for NBC, I was also limited in my interviews, but that was because the Chinese government was setting the boundaries. In Cuba, it's the U.S. government that is setting the boundaries for its citizens.

I think understanding that juxtaposition is critical when trying to understand Cuba and its remarkable relationship with the United States over the past 100 years.

I'm no expert in Cuba/US policy, and so I'm simply writing about my experience visiting this island nation for one week in February of 2015. My visit comes just two months after President Obama announced a "thawing/easing" of relations with Cuba. I spent the week trying to understand at the shallowest of levels the depth of the problem.

(more to come)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Teaching at the Haas School of Business at 
UC Berkeley 2007-2014

I-Lab at Memorial Stadium

"Media Consulting Using Design Thinking" 

The "gift giving" project! 

Lecturing on "Homecoming Weekend" at 
the Haas School of Business

 Spending time with Ray Miles - Dean of the Haas School of Business
when I went there in the 1980s! 

Here's some other great non-profit events in the beautiful 
San Francisco Bay Area in 2014 

- Asian American Donor Program - 
Interviewing a mom and daughter who got a bone marrow transplant thanks to the program 

- Contra Costa Humane Society -
Fundraiser in the fall of 2014 with Mike Murray of Golden State German Shepherd Rescue

Guide Dogs for the Blind annual Gala - 2014 

Lamorinda Idol 2014
Many talented young singers;)

San Francisco Animal Care & Control 
25th Anniversary

Summit Bank Foundation Gala & Fundraiser 2014

World Alliance Forum - Stem Cell Research 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here's some of the individual pieces I worked on with Joe Inderhees and Alex Bozovic on the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement (Oct 1, 1964-Oct 1, 2014).

PART 1 - The confluence of events that led up to the Free Speech Movement:

Monday, July 7, 2014

If you ever wonder whether the Bay Area has a heart of gold, you don't have to wonder anymore. I'm always amazed at the myriad of people and non-profits doing great work here.  Here's a sampling of some of the non-profits I have come to know and love.

 Gala fundraiser for the Curry Senior Center in the Tenderloin -  2014

Fundraiser for BuildOn - building better communities here and schools in developing countries.

The American Heart Association of Silicon Valley - raising funds for research. 

The Summit Bank Foundation of Oakland - sending kids from Oakland to college.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society - helping those in need in San Mateo County.

If yo

On June 8, 2014 I anchored my last weekend newscast at NBC Bay Area after 12 years (and 12 years before that at KTVU). I'm still working with NBC as a special correspondent, but I was grateful to all my friends at NBC for a wonderful sendoff! 

Jessica Aguirre threw an incredible party for many of the "ladies of NBC Bay Area" - we toasted each other and loved being together.

Many of the members of the weekend crew came in (or returned if they have moved onto weekdays) to say goodbye. We had fun, and I will miss all of them!