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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 (729 archives)
It's two weeks and counting before the California Legislature shuts down for the year. This week saw a major milestone at the state Capitol: hundreds of bills faced a live-or-die decision by the powerful appropriations committees. But few actions in the Legislature are more of a mystery than the final ones taken by those committees. Most of the work happens behind closed doors -- and in many cases, the bills are re-written in private.
Election watchers call it the doomsday scenario: a nail-biter of a statewide election with a recount process so antiquated that the whole thing ends up in court. That was the fear last month when a recount began in the race for state controller. It did not end up in court, but it did spark an effort to rewrite the law.
A recount of last month's primary election results for state controller begins Monday. Former Assembly Speaker John Perez, who placed third, asked for the recount on Sunday, and said he'd pay for it himself. Perez trails fellow Democrat Betty Yee by 481 votes. Perez argued to the secretary of state that "never in California history has the vote between two candidates for statewide office been so narrow."
The final signatures are all in for initiatives that have earned a spot on California's November ballot. There's a surprise: it's going to be one of the shortest ballots in history.
The new state budget sitting on Gov. Brown's desk includes a tax break slipped in with no public review. The story of the surprise solar tax exemption is one that longtime state budget watchers know all too well: the ability of influential groups to inject last-minute items into the annual spending plan during a time where the full vetting of the proposal is often overshadowed by the constitutional deadline for fast action.