KQED Radio Staff
Sacramento Bureau Chief, 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 (88 archives)
Neel Kashkari doesn't have the most obvious resume to run for governor. He's never run for office before, and the biggest line item on his resume is running the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), distributing hundreds of billions of dollars to banks in the wake of the economic crisis they helped create. But the Republican says that job is proof he can handle tough tasks. The question now is whether he can handle the even tougher task of beating Governor Jerry Brown at the ballot box.
Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers are lining up behind a nearly $700 million package that they say would ease California's water woes. But that drought relief may take a while to kick in.
The nation's largest public pension fund will be sending a bigger bill to the state, local governments and school districts to cover the cost of their retirees. The board of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) has voted to ask for more money starting in the new fiscal year, and phasing up. There's also concern over the future solvency of CalSTRS, the pension fund for teachers, which faces an unfunded liability of $71 billion. State lawmakers discuss that later today.
The drought is creating pressure for action in Sacramento -- but lawmakers are worried about the cost. On Tuesday, the state Senate's Natural Resources and Water Committee approved a bond measure that would funnel nearly $7 billion into water projects. There are other proposals, and a growing push to pass something to replace the 2009 water bond that got bumped to this year's ballot. But nearly every lawmaker says that $11 billion plan is too expensive.
Better-than-expected revenues continue to flood California's coffers, surpassing estimates in the governor's budget by $388 million just in January. That's according to the latest report released by the state controller's office on Monday. But what goes up will go down -- and Governor Brown is pressing lawmakers to set up a rainy day fund. The hope is to offset the financial volatility that's plagued the state for decades.