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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 (89 archives)


The California Report | Apr 24, 2014 8:50 AM
Scandals Put Focus on Campaign Finance in Secretary of State Race

Recent scandals have turned the normally sleepy secretary of state campaign into one of the most hotly contested races of the year. Four candidates vying for the job debated each other in Sacramento on Wednesday. Not present: Leland Yee, who continues to impact the race even after ending his campaign in the wake of being charged with corruption and firearms trafficking. The charges that Yee and another state senator, Ron Calderon, took bribes for favors have made campaign finance a major issue in the race.

The California Report | Apr 17, 2014 8:50 AM
Gov. Brown Calls for Special Session on New Rainy-Day Fund Amendment

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.

The California Report | Apr 15, 2014 8:50 AM
State Senate Leader Drops Carbon Tax Proposal, Unveils New Cap-and-Trade Plan

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 California Report | Apr 14, 2014 8:50 AM
Should California Lawmakers Be Allowed to Work a Second Job?

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.

The California Report | Apr 1, 2014 8:50 AM
Secretary of State Race Still Wide Open after Yee Exit

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.

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