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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 (120 archives)

The California Report | Aug 1, 2014 4:30 PM
State Archives Running Out of Room

Ever since California became a state in 1850, the state archives has been the official repository of public records, from maps to legislation -- every imaginable kind of document. But now, the state archives is running out of space. One big reason is the simple fact that it can't get rid of a single record from previous governors' administrations. Nothing -- no matter how useless some of those documents may be. We take a look at a plan to solve the problem.

The California Report | Aug 1, 2014 8:50 AM
High-Speed Rail Scores Big Victory in Appeals Court

A state appeals court has delivered a major win for high-speed rail. In a unanimous vote, a three-judge panel overturned two decisions by a Sacramento judge last fall, blocking the project from tapping into $8 billion in state bond money and throwing out the proposed line's business plan.

The California Report | Jul 23, 2014 8:50 AM
Stanford Professor Nominated to State Supreme Court

Governor Jerry Brown's decision to tap Stanford Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for the state Supreme Court is winning praise from fellow Democrats and Latino groups.

The California Report | Jul 16, 2014 8:50 AM
Regulators Approve Fines for Water Wasters

Three years into the worst drought since the 1970s, the State Water Resources Control Board has voted to approve fines of up to $500 a day for people who shower the sidewalks and streets in addition to their cars and lawns.

The California Report | Jul 10, 2014 8:50 AM
State Proposes Fines to Crack Down on Water Wasters

Despite the fact we're in the thick of the worst drought since the 1970s, the state has been relying on Californians to cut back water use voluntarily. Now the Water Resources Control Board is proposing fines of up to $500 on people who water their lawn, sidewalks or cars too often, or with hoses that can't shut off at the nozzle.

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