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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 (131 archives)


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.

The California Report | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 AM
Brown Launches Re-Election Bid. Sort Of.

Governor Jerry Brown has done his best to ignore the upcoming election. But with just a week to go before voters head to the polls, the Democrat has finally hit the campaign trail.

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.

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