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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 (115 archives)

The California Report | Jul 8, 2014 8:50 AM
Lawmakers Try to Avoid 'Tunnel' Vision in Water Bond Negotiations

State lawmakers have a daunting task ahead of them as they begin a summer recess this week: crafting a multi-billion dollar water bond that wins bipartisan support. The bond wouldn't directly fund Gov. Brown's proposal to build tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta -- but that plan is the elephant in the room.

The California Report | Jul 2, 2014 8:50 AM
Gov. Brown's Fireworks Tax Proposal Fizzles Out

It's nearly July 4th, and across California people are stocking up on fireworks. Those fireworks could have become more expensive under a tax increase Gov. Jerry Brown pushed as part of his budget plan. But despite the fact Brown got nearly everything on his wish list during this year's budget negotiations, his fireworks tax proposal fizzled out. The proposed 10-cent-per-pound tax on legal, "safe and sane" fireworks was aimed at funding the disposal of more dangerous, illegal fireworks.

The California Report | Jun 24, 2014 8:50 AM
Water Bond Comes Up Short in State Senate

With the state budget behind them, lawmakers are focused on crafting a new water bond for the fall ballot. The state Senate failed to pass a $10.5 billion measure Monday, but that doesn't mean the discussion is over. The measure grew by $4 billion this week, an increase Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said was an attempt to win Republican support by spending more money on a top GOP priority: reservoirs and other water storage projects. Steinberg framed Monday's vote as the first step toward a compromise measure.

The California Report | Jun 20, 2014 8:50 AM
State Budget Includes Trigger Mechanisms if Good Times Get Even Better

Governor Jerry Brown signs next fiscal year's budget into law today. With tax revenues gushing into state coffers, this $156 billion dollar spending plan features a few billion dollars more than the budget for this year. Times are so good that next year's budget is built to anticipate the possibility there might be even more money to work with in the coming months.

The California Report | Jun 16, 2014 8:50 AM
State Legislature Passes Budget in Drama-Free Fashion

Sliding in just before the constitutional deadline, state lawmakers sent a budget to Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday night. The budget vote capped off an especially low-key, genial budget season where the governor and top lawmakers bridged minor disagreements over how to spend more money.

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