Karen AdamsKaren Adams
Production Manager and Staff Producer
Emmy-nominated Producer-Director Karen Adams has been creating community-focused media for over 18 yrs. As the Media Center’s Production Manager-Staff Producer, Karen oversees 300 studio shows annually — training, coaching, and supervising a pool of over 300 producers and crew, and managing a team of part-time studio technicians.
As Staff Producer, Karen has produced hundreds of episodes of primarily local public affairs programming. She currently produces the award-winning series “Make the Call,” featuring family and friends of murder victims in an effort to reduce violent crime, and “Media Center Studio Session,” a global music series celebrating cultural diversity in music, art, and dance.
Karen also develops strategic collaborations with local non-profit, educational, and government agencies to kick-start their cable TV/Internet presence and broaden their community reach. Community groups with whom Karen has partnered in launching cable series include Abilities United (for the differently abled), East Palo Alto Police Department, Open to Hope (grief support), Palo Alto Community Environmental Action Partnership (PA-CEAP), Palo Alto History Museum, San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, Senior New Ways, and Stanford Dept of Psychiatry.
Aside from 4 Emmy nominations, including one for the PBS-aired documentary “Riding the Storm,” Karen’s projects have been recognized with a San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Award, 2 San Jose Film & Video Commission Joey Awards, and Cinequest and Berkeley Film Festival screenings, among 2 dozen or so honors. Karen has a passion for documentary film and has served on the United Nations Association Film Festival Advisory Board & Jury.
Of all Karen’s professional accomplishments, she feels truly privileged to support the Media Center’s community producers in realizing their vision and in bringing about a more connected, curious, cognizant, and compassionate community one episode at a time.