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 (285 archives)
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.
State and local governments typically provide pensions when their workers retire. But a mix of factors is making those commitments untenable -- and cities across California are struggling to rework the deals. A San Jose pension measure is sparking debate over what's fair to workers and taxpayers.
When banks foreclose on homes - something that happens a lot lately - they don't necessarily pick up the HOA dues. That leaves buildings and housing developments across California to collectively decay. The Assembly Judiciary Committee considers legislation that address this issue today.
After the 2010 natural gas explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, state regulators ordered utilities to upgrade their pipelines. Pacific Gas & Electric is first up in a series of hearings with the California Public Utilities Commission to go over the details of how to proceed -- and how to pay for the work.