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Scott Detrow

Scott Detrow

Sacramento Bureau Chief, The California Report

Sacramento bureau chief Scott Detrow covers state government, politics and policy for KQED News and its statewide news program, The California Report.

Before joining KQED, Scott reported on Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling boom for NPR's StateImpact project. He examined how hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - affected the Keystone State's economy and environment, and ways state government regulated the industry. In addition to filing radio reports that regularly aired on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Scott blogged about drilling policy, and helped create interactive applications that visualized Pennsylvania's energy boom. The StateImpact Pennsylvania project won the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton in 2013.

From 2009 to 2011, Scott worked as Pennsylvania Public Radio's state Capitol bureau chief. He covered politics and government, reporting on the 2010 gubernatorial and Senate campaigns and a 101-day budget impasse, among other stories. During that stint, Scott won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the Pennsylvania National Guard, which included a stint embedding with its 56th Stryker Brigade in Taji, Iraq.

Scott has also worked as a general assignment reporter and anchor at WITF in Harrisburg, PA and WFUV in New York City. He graduated from Fordham University, and is working toward completing a master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government.

Stories (128 archives)


The California Report | Oct 24, 2014 8:50 AM
Controller Race One of the Closest Statewide Contests

It's no secret California Republicans are struggling to compete on a statewide level. One of the few exceptions to that rule is the race for state controller, where Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is keeping pace with the Democratic candidate, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee.

The California Report | Oct 23, 2014 8:50 AM
Campaigns Measure Turnout Pulse with Early Voting Data

Among Californians who cast a ballot this election, an increasing number will likely vote by mail. Every election, more and more Californians choose that route. Nearly seven in 10 voters used mail-in ballots during this year's primary. As counties process those ballots, campaigns want to get the details as quickly as possible.

The California Report | Oct 21, 2014 8:50 AM
Legacy of a Bailout: Why Kashkari is Proud of TARP, But Doesn't Trumpet it

There's no question about what the top line is on Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari's resume. Kashkari led the federal government's high-profile response to the 2008 economic meltdown. But on the campaign trail, Kashkari doesn't spend too much time talking about the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

The California Report | Oct 14, 2014 8:50 AM
Mail May Not Be Flashy, But It Helps Win Campaigns

While political candidates and interest groups try to get their message to voters through tv and radio ads and on-line, consultants who run campaigns say one of the most reliable and effective tools for communicating is actually very low-tech. The California Report's Sacramento Bureau Chief Scott Detrow takes a look at the lasting impact of the humble mailer.

The California Report | Oct 10, 2014 4:30 PM
How Will the State Afford to Regulate Fracking?

Under new state regulations in California, oil companies will have to monitor the seismic activity during fracking and will have to stop if there's an earthquake that's 2.7 or greater. But state regulators already struggle to keep tabs on another part of the drilling process. That's raising questions about whether we even have the resources to oversee a fracking boom.

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