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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 (730 archives)
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.
The corruption scandals that have hit the state Senate over the last few months have forced a rare change in the body's standing rules. State senators hope to make the fine line between politicking and legislating a bit brighter with new rules including a ban on talking about active legislation at political fundraisers, and whistleblower protection for Senate employees.
Tuesday's primary was the first election to use the top-two system for statewide races. That could have meant two candidates from the same party facing off against each other in the fall. But in all partisan statewide races, both major parties secured a spot on the November ballot.
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.