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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 (108 archives)


The California Report | Jun 4, 2014 8:50 AM
Kashkari to Challenge Brown for Governor in November

Governor Jerry Brown will face off against Neel Kashkari in California's general election in November. The incumbent Democratic governor had the top spot locked-in from the get-go, but the race to be his rival was a toss-up between Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly and Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official.

The California Report | Jun 3, 2014 8:50 AM
Low Turnout Expected in Today's Primary Election

Today's election is historic. It's the first statewide roll-out of California's top-two primary system. There are a handful of hotly contested races, too -- but that may not be enough to ensure a healthy turnout.

The California Report | May 30, 2014 8:50 AM
Low-Spending GOP Gubernatorial Primary Down to Final Days

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday. But according to experts, not too many will actually show up. One of the sleepiest races is the most consequential: the race for governor. At many times this year, the Republican race for governor has looked more like a state Senate campaign than a contest for chief executive of the nation's largest state. Partly, that's because the odds are stacked against whichever Republican emerges to face Gov. Brown in November.

The California Report | May 23, 2014 8:50 AM
Voters To Decide Who Pays For Local Public Records Requests

Proposition 42 on the ballot June 3 would amend the state constitution to make cities, counties, school districts and other local agencies pick up the tab for public records requests, as opposed to the state. Here's the back story of why voters are being asked to make this decision.

The California Report | May 14, 2014 8:50 AM
Revised Budget Boosts Medi-Cal, Addresses Teacher Pension Gap

Governor Jerry Brown's newly revised budget proposal has the state spending about $2 billion more than the plan he released in January. That includes a $1.2 billion increase for the state's Medi-Cal health care program, and a plan to begin addressing the looming $75 billion hole in the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). But in this fiscally flush year, there's likely to be a lot of disagreement over whether Brown's new plan spends enough, and in the right places.

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