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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 (745 archives)
It's a new year, and that means new laws kick in, new tax credits take effect, and new legislators start learning the ropes in Sacramento. California lawmakers were busy in 2014, with a Democratic supermajority passing more than a thousand bills.
The New Year will mark a major turning point in the long-running debate over plans for a tribal casino in Madera County, north of Fresno. Last month, voters rejected the casino project, through the statewide ballot referendum, Proposition 48. And yet, the project may not be officially dead.
The final chapter in the November election is being written this week, as state officials certify the vote count. It was the lowest turnout ever for a California gubernatorial election -- and that will have a major impact on the state's initiative process. There's a little-known link between the two.
Democratic state lawmakers are proposing a plan to fund California's public universities without raising basic tuition. State senators Kevin de Leon and Marty Block propose getting money from three sources: raising tuition for out-of-state students, shifting money from a scholarship that benefits middle-income families and drawing more money from the state general fund. Block says added state funding will eliminate a planned 5 percent tuition hike for UC students.
A new report from the Legislature's independent analyst predicts the state will have more than $4 billion set aside by the summer of 2016. Half of it, says Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, will be used for a cash reserve and half to pay off short-term debt.