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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 | Oct 10, 2014 4:30 PM
How Will the State Afford to Regulate Fracking?

Under new state regulations in California, oil companies will have to monitor the seismic activity during fracking and will have to stop if there's an earthquake that's 2.7 or greater. But state regulators already struggle to keep tabs on another part of the drilling process. That's raising questions about whether we even have the resources to oversee a fracking boom.

The California Report | Oct 1, 2014 8:50 AM
Brown Signs 'Gun Restraining Order' Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a groundbreaking new gun law that will allow family members to ask a judge to take guns away from mentally unstable relatives. It's a direct response to this year's Isla Vista shootings near the campus of UC Santa Barbara.

The California Report | Sep 24, 2014 8:50 AM
Gov. Brown Champions State's Efforts to Combat Climate Change at the UN

California's efforts combating climate change were showcased at the United Nations Tuesday with Gov. Jerry Brown using his speech to take something of a victory lap. He touted the state as a leader on efforts to fight climate change while delivering remarks at the UN climate summit.

The California Report | Sep 19, 2014 8:50 AM
Massive Blazes Burn Through State Firefighting Budget

The enormous King Fire in El Dorado County has prompted the evacuation of thousands of people, and its smoke is causing the cancellation of outdoor activities as far away as Reno. It's one of several fires burning across the Golden State this week. California has spent more than $191 million fighting fires since the new fiscal year began July 1, just about exhausting the funds allocated for an entire year of firefighting.

The California Report | Sep 5, 2014 8:50 AM
Brown, Kashkari Spar in Heated Gubernatorial Debate

Gov. Jerry Brown clashed with Republican opponent Neel Kashkari Thursday night in what's likely to be the only head-to-head debate in this year's campaign for governor. It was a fast-paced exchange that got a bit testy at times.

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