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 (288 archives)
While most young people have the option of living with their parents as they transition to adult life, foster kids don't. A state law lets youth extend their foster care benefits until they're 21. But even with that extra support, they face a tough road to self sufficiency which usually includes holding a job. In San Jose, a group helps these young adults get real-world work experience, and find a pathway to a career.
A coalition of child advocacy groups is praising federal officials for regulations extending public health insurance coverage to former foster youth up to age 26. But advocates say it's not enough.
When foster care children move between homes, they often end up changing schools too. It's disruptive and can hurt their grades, which is why years ago California put a system in place to help. Foster Care Services is often held up as a model for other states -- but now it's in jeopardy. Governor Brown's proposal to give local school districts more control over state revenue would eliminate the $15 million program, and send that money directly to school districts instead.
San Diego, Fresno and San Jose are among some 200 communities across the country trying a new housing strategy that's moving hundreds of chronically homeless people off the streets and into apartments. Santa Clara County is investing $1 million in a pilot program, and tracking whether permanent housing will really keep people from returning to life on the streets.
At a State Senate budget hearing Thursday, foster youth and their advocates are speaking out against the elimination of a program they say helps some of the state's most vulnerable residents. California's Foster Youth Services is set to be cut as part of Governor Jerry Brown's plan to give local school districts more control over state revenue.