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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 (88 archives)


The California Report | Mar 27, 2014 8:50 AM
Corruption Charges Against Leland Yee Continue Trend in State Senate

For the second time in two months, a state lawmaker is facing federal corruption charges. The latest FBI sting makes the charges filed against Democrat Ron Calderon of Montebello look tame. San Francisco Democrat Leland Yee faces allegations of arms trafficking and bribery.

The California Report | Mar 17, 2014 8:50 AM
State Republicans Divided Over Rebuilding Strategy

California Republicans who met in Burlingame over the weekend agree they want to end the Democrats' one-party rule in Sacramento. However, they remain divided over how to achieve that goal.

The California Report | Mar 14, 2014 8:50 AM
CA Republicans Gather for State Convention

This weekend, state Republicans meet for their annual convention in Burlingame.

The California Report | Mar 10, 2014 8:50 AM
California Democrats Rally Base and Face Transition at Convention

California's Democratic party faithful gathered in Los Angeles over the weekend with a lot to feel satisfied about. But as the California Report's Sacramento Bureau Chief Scott Detrow tells us, party leaders don't want Democratic candidates or their supporters taking the good times for granted, and coasting into this year's elections.

The California Report | Feb 28, 2014 8:50 AM
Brown Seeks Fourth Term as Governor

Governor Jerry Brown formally launched his re-election campaign yesterday. Brown's announcement had been anticipated and was understated -- a written statement posted on his website and a Twitter posting. The former three-time presidential candidate is expected to dominate. Rachael Myrow is joined by The California Report?s Sacramento Bureau Chief, Scott Detrow.

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