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John Myers served as the Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED until 2012. He began covering California government and politics for KQED in 2003, and has spent spent almost 20 years as a reporter, anchor, and editor in both radio and television.
John's reporting and political analysis has been featured on National Public Radio, The PBS NewsHour, and beyond. His career highlights include serving as a panelist or moderator for televised gubernatorial debates since the historic recall of 2003.
John wrote and edited the KQED political blog "Capital Notes," which began in 2004 and is the longest running of its kind in California. He also hosted a weekly podcast and provided political news via Twitter.
His online reporting was cited when making Capitol Weekly's "Top 100" list in 2009 of influential people at the state Capitol:
"We defy you to find another reporter - print or broadcast - who has had a greater impact within the Capitol community about how state government is covered."
He has received numerous awards for his radio and television reporting, and frequently teaches broadcast journalism at CSU Sacramento.
John received degrees from Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Stories (754 archives)
There are thousands of bills introduced in the California Legislature every year. Each one has been officially vetted by the Legislature's own lawyers. But there's something almost no one outside of Sacramento knows: those lawyers also unofficially draft legislation for powerful interest groups at taxpayer expense.
Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised state budget on Thursday. The plan adds money for schools and health care. It also seems to offer some concessions to his critics, especially when it comes to the working poor.
A citizens commission voted Monday to give Gov. Jerry Brown, statewide officers and the Legislature a 3 percent raise. But commissioner Anthony Barkett said positions like the governor should get a more. Gov. Brown's new salary: about $183,000. Legislators get a little more than $100,000 plus living expenses.
In the state capital, sponsored bills are pieces of legislation for which the idea originally came from an outside group. KQED California Politics and Government Editor John Myers joins us to talk about some data KQED crunched on sponsored legislation in the 2013-14 legislative cycle.
The assumption behind our representative government is that we all have the same influence when it comes to governing and writing laws. But that assumption isn't quite true. Thousands of laws are written every year at the state capital. Politically powerful groups -- to get what they want -- often quietly just write the laws themselves.