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|KQED Public Radio announces Dan Drayer as new host of The California Report|
Scott Shafer to take on expanded statewide projects and special production
San Francisco, CA -- The California Report, KQED's award-winning statewide radio news program, has named Dan Drayer its new weekday morning news host, replacing the current host, Scott Shafer, as of Monday, November 20th, 2006.
Scott Shafer's new responsibilities with The California Report will include more statewide field reporting and special projects, in addition to hosting The California Report's weekly news magazine, monthly Health Dialogues programs and political specials.
Most recently, Drayer anchored in NPR's Newscast Unit and worked as a freelance radio producer in Washington, D.C. He brings a rich and multifaceted history in public radio, dating back nearly two decades as a long-time public radio program host, newscaster, producer, announcer and director. He is the recipient of two National Headliner awards, the Edward R. Murrow award, and numerous citations and awards from PRNDI, the Associated Press, and Colorado news organizations
Drayer began his public radio career in 1988, as a late night jazz program host on WFDD in Winston-Salem, NC. Since then, he has hosted NPR's Morning Edition in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and All Things Considered in Denver, Colorado. At Colorado Public Radio, he filed for NPR, PRI and the BBC during the Columbine High School shootings, and also helped create and launch Colorado Matters as the program's host and executive producer.
Shafer joined the program in 1998. His engaging interviewing style and deep knowledge of California politics and public policy have earned him numerous awards from prestigious journalism organizations including: the Association of Public Radio and Television Reporters; The Association of Health Care Journalists; The Radio and Television News Directors Association and PRINDI. He is a five-time recipient of the "Excellence in Radio Journalism" award from The Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University and, in 2004 he was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Northern California Chapter.
KQED Public Radio, in collaboration with public radio stations throughout California, launched The California Report on October 2, 1995. Distributed by satellite from the KQED Public Radio studios in San Francisco, The California Report provides daily coverage of issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting the state and its diverse population. Ten years after its launch, it is heard by 642,500 listeners and carried by more than 25 public radio stations from Arcata to San Diego, and includes four bureaus (Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, and the Central Valley bureau in Fresno), as well as a network of established public radio reporters from many of the stations that carry the program.
The show's reporters and producers bring the voices of many communities to the air, including those of immigrants, farmers, laborers and teachers, while also conveying the rich sounds of life and culture in a state that is home to both the high-tech and entertainment industries.
The daily nine-minute morning edition of The California Report airs on KQED 88.5FM and KQEI 89.3FM Monday through Friday at 6:50am and 8:50am. The Friday edition is a half-hour magazine, airing at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 11:00pm. The program is streamed live or can be downloaded from its website, www.kqed.org/tcr.
Funding for The California Report is provided by The James Irvine Foundation, The California Endowment, The Walter S. Johnson Foundation, The California Healthcare Foundation, as well as the members of KQED.
About KQED and KQEI Public Radio
Northern California Public Broadcasting operates KTEH Public Television (San Jose), KCAH Public Television (Watsonville/Monterey), KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and KQEI, 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.