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.
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Next Tuesday's California primary puts Democrats in a tough situation when it comes to the race for state controller. That's the person who serves as chief financial officer and keeps track of state spending. Two popular Democrats are on the ballot. Both of them could move on to November under the rules of the top-two primary -- but a late entrant on the Republican side has made the Democratic race an all-out street fight.
Less than two weeks away from the June primary election, a new statewide poll confirms Gov. Jerry Brown is running leagues ahead of all rivals. What's less clear is which Republican will run against Brown in November. The top two contenders are Assemblymember Tim Donnelly, clocking in at 15 percent and newcomer Neel Kashkari with 10 percent.
Gov. Brown has already struck two formal agreements during his official trip to China: one to promote economic development and trade, the other to collaborate on environmental protection. Political reporter John Myers is covering Brown's trade mission, and says the governor's style appears to be in sync with the Chinese way of doing business.
Governor Brown and a coalition of Democratic activists are busy gathering signatures for a proposed November ballot measure, a compromise plan that would raise some taxes. But there's another tax measure headed for the fall ballot. The woman behind it is Molly Munger, an independently wealthy education advocate on a mission to improve public schools.
You can almost hear sighs of relief today from California Democrats after Governor Jerry Brown struck a deal with liberal activists on a ballot measure to raise taxes. Now, the proposal needs signatures to get on November's ballot.