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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 (134 archives)


The California Report | Nov 14, 2014 8:50 AM
Leaders of Western States Meet to Discuss Drought Response

California isn't the only state facing an increasingly crippling drought. Representatives from eight states are meeting in Sacramento this week to compare notes on how to cope with water shortages.

The California Report | Nov 5, 2014 8:50 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown Wins Fourth Term

Governor Jerry Brown made political history Tuesday night, cruising to re-election by winning 58 percent of the vote.

The California Report | Nov 4, 2014 8:50 AM
Field Poll: Historically Low Turnout Expected at Polls

Today's election may set a new California record, but not the kind anyone will be boasting about. The Field Poll projects that less than half of the state's registered voters will cast a ballot. The last time Gov. Jerry Brown ran for reelection in 1978, turnout topped 70 percent.

The California Report | Oct 30, 2014 8:50 AM
Bill Clinton Rallies Young Democrats in Support of California Congressional Candidates

Former president Bill Clinton is calling on California's young democrats to get out and vote next Tuesday. The 42nd president was stumping for Ami Bera and John Garamendi in Northern California yesterday.

The California Report | Oct 29, 2014 8:50 AM
Conservative Congressman Tom McClintock Faces Rare Intra-party Challenge from the Left

When Congressional incumbents face challenges from their own party, it's usually because they're too moderate. That's not the case in California's Fourth Congressional District this year. In a twist from the typical Tea Party challenge, Art Moore is attacking McClintock from the left. He says the incumbent is too rigid, too partisan, and too unwilling to work with Democrats.

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