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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The UC Board of Regents meets with Governor Jerry Brown Wednesday. Among other things, Brown is expected to urge the board to expand online course offerings. Brown's budget sets aside $17 million for community colleges and $10 million each for the UC and Cal State systems to boost digital instruction. On Tuesday, Brown paid a visit to San Jose State, with the press corps in tow, to tout the program they've developed there.
Alameda County supervisors are tired of battling a slow-moving tidal wave of expired pharmaceutical drugs. They've voted unanimously to require drug companies to handle the problem themselves. There's no word whether the industry will take the county to court over this national precedent, but if it doesn't, there's a good chance other counties will follow Alameda's lead.
Officials at California's largest community college say they're moving forward to keep the school from shutting down. The national Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has put the City College of San Francisco on notice that it has less than a year to address 14 serious management and fiscal problems, or be de-certified. Without accreditation, CCSF won't get the funding it needs.
Budget battles have taken top billing in Sacramento, but a bunch of other bills are moving on to the governor's desk this week. One of them would ban California from regulating voice-over-Internet phone service (VoIP). The bill sailed through the state Senate in May. It has the support of AT&T, Verizon, cable TV companies and a coalition of Silicon Valley stalwarts -- but consumer advocates have their doubts.
Overwhelming voter support for public employee pension measures in San Diego and San Jose could give momentum to similar efforts in other cities and counties. It could also give a boost to Governor Jerry Brown's proposals for statewide pension reform.