KQED Radio Staff
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 (757 archives)
Californians around the state are voting in special elections Tuesday to fill three vacant seats in the California State Senate. But these elections aren't very "special" anymore. There's a lot of them and they're costly -- and there's a growing chorus of critics calling to get rid of them.
The way California draws its political map faces a major challenge in a case being heard in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. It's actually a case focused on Arizona. But a key question the case turns on -- the power of legislators vs. the power of voters -- has huge implications for California.
If you voted in the 2014 election, give yourself a pat on the back, as it appears that voter turnout is continuing to trend downward. This could have big consequences for the way policies are set in our state.
A new statewide poll finds that 52 percent of likely voters want to keep paying higher taxes at least for a little while longer, if it helps out California K-12 schools. Several liberal groups are already eyeing a potential 2016 ballot measure to extend Prop. 30's temporary taxes.
It costs billions of tax dollars to run K-12 public schools in California every year. It also costs big bucks just to keep up with the need for new classrooms or to upgrade existing classrooms, from lighting to plumbing. But the main source of money for school construction -- school bonds -- is tapped out. Now, a showdown is brewing between school groups and Gov. Jerry Brown about who should pay.