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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 (131 archives)


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.

The California Report | Aug 28, 2014 8:50 AM
State Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Film Tax Credit

California is set to triple the amount of tax breaks it doles out to film productions. The move is aimed at reversing the trend of film production jobs moving to other states that offer larger tax breaks.

The California Report | Aug 27, 2014 8:50 AM
Mexican President Praises California Immigration Policy During Visit

President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico may be sliding in the polls in his own country, but in California he got a warm welcome during his first-ever visit to the U.S. The visit comes weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown traveled to Mexico on a trade mission.

The California Report | Aug 22, 2014 8:50 AM
Gov. Brown to Decide on Bills Easing Drug Sentences

Two bills on their way to Gov. Jerry Brown push back against the so-called "War on Drugs." The State Senate approved bills to even-out crack and powder cocaine sentences, and to eliminate mandatory prison sentences for a handful of first-time drug possession crimes.

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