KQED Radio Staff
Peter Jon Shuler
Reporter, KQED News
Since Peter Jon Shuler joined KQED Radio in 1990, he has covered everything from the beginnings of the World Wide Web to the dot-com bust, from preserving Silicon Valley's open space to the preservation of historic Valley landmarks.
Peter caught the radio bug at WAUS-FM while still a student at Andrews University in his home town of Berrien Springs, Michigan. He did local news and hosted a classical music program. Since then, he has pursued a variety of assignments, including production work at WBAI in New York and broadcasting to the English language community of Geneva, Switzerland via Radio 74. Shuler's work for KQED has earned numerous awards and honors. He is also an occasional contributor to National Public Radio, Marketplace and Voice of America.
When he isn't reporting, Shuler pursues his avocation as an amateur actor. The self-proclaimed "media geek" has an ever-growing collection of videos, books, CDs, and 33, 45 and 78 rpm records -- and now, of course, MP3s. Shuler is also a proud member of the Bay Area Chapter of Mensa.
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Stories (293 archives)
Many California cities hold pension liability as their largest debt. That's caused, in large part, the bankruptcies of cities like Stockton and San Bernardino. Now, San Jose's former mayor and a former San Diego city councilman are looking to expand pension reform statewide, after leading their own successful local measures.
Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is generally associated with natural gas. But in California, it's mostly used to extract oil. The practice is highly controversial -- three counties in the state have voted to ban it. Now, an independent scientific panel says it's not possible to know whether California has rich deposits of oil in its shale formations. A state law required the panel to study the impact of fracking in the state.
California prison officials are screening some 90,000 inmates for exposure to a flu-like illness that can be life-threatening. The tests will determine who can be safely housed at two Central Valley prisons.
Advocates for California's inmates are praising an agreement by state prison officials to end the policy of segregating inmates by race during lockdowns. The agreement settles a class action lawsuit filed in 2008.
The embattled president of the California Public Utilities Commission announced he will leave the agency amidst charges of having inappropriate communications with the utilities he regulates.