KQED Radio Staff
Sacramento Bureau Chief, 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.
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Governor Jerry Brown is calling a special legislative session next week to focus on one of his top budget priorities. Brown wants to force the state to save extra money in flush times. His proposed constitutional amendment would replace another plan currently on the November ballot.
One of Governor Jerry Brown's more controversial budget proposals has gained new support. The state Senate's top Democrat Darrell Steinberg said on Monday he now favors the idea of using climate pollution fees to help fund high-speed rail.
The suspension last month of three Democrats from the state Senate for legal problems has put ethics front and center in Sacramento. Lawmakers have proposed scores of new bills, and legislative staffers have tackled extra ethics training. But there's one issue that hardly anyone is talking about: four in 10 lawmakers have some sort of outside job or income.
Before his arrest, Yee was running for Secretary of State. The frontrunner in that race is Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla, who is facing a strong challenge from independent Dan Schnur.
State Senator Leland Yee has pulled out of the race for secretary of state, and today state lawmakers vote on whether to suspend him, with pay, if he doesn't choose to leave the legislature voluntarily. Yee's arrest over federal weapons trafficking and corruption charges makes him the third Democratic state senator to get in trouble with the law this year and the second to get busted by the FBI.