Karen Adams

Karen Adams

Production Manager and Staff Producer

Multi-Emmy nominated Producer/Director Karen Adams has been creating community-focused media for over 20 years. As Midpen Media Center’s Production Manager, Karen oversees 300 studio programs and events annually — training, coaching, and supervising a pool of over 300 producers and crew, and managing a team of part-time studio technicians and workshop instructors. 

As Staff Producer, Karen has created hundreds of episodes of local arts, education, and public service programming, including Make the Call — an award-winning effort with the East Palo Alto Police Department to help curb violent crime and solve cold case murders; NEWSwatch — a long-running feature news series hosted by local Mayors and the San Jose Mercury News Peninsula Bureau Chief; and Media Center Studio Session a global performance show celebrating cultural diversity in music, art, and dance. 

Karen is currently focused on developing strategic collaborations with local non-profit, educational, and government agencies to kick-start their cable TV/Web presence and broaden their community reach. Karen has partnered with community groups including Abilities United (for the differently-abled), Acknowledge Alliance (mental health services), Open to Hope (grief support), Palo Alto Community Environmental Action Partnership (PA-CEAP), San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, Senior New Ways, Stanford Dept of Psychiatry, US Geological Survey, West Coast Songwriters, and the You Belong Here Foundation (immigrant women collaborative)

Aside from four 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, two San Jose Film & Video Commission Joey Awards, and Cinequest and Berkeley Film Festival screenings, among two 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 especially grateful for the opportunity to amplify the media messages of over 250 community organizations annually; facilitate the delivery of the difficult conversation or seldom heard message; and support the entire spectrum of community on a relatively unbounded stage for creative expression, cross-cultural connection, and broad-minded engagement.

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