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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 (123 archives)

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.

The California Report | Aug 21, 2014 8:50 AM
Gov. Brown: CalPERS Vote Undermines Previous Pension Reforms

The board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation's largest pension fund, voted Tuesday to approve 99 types of supplemental pay that will count towards pensions for government workers. The vote sparked an angry response from Gov. Jerry Brown, who says it undermines the pension reforms he signed two years ago. Those reforms barred one-time or ad-hoc payments aimed at spiking salaries in order to increase pension benefits.

The California Report | Aug 20, 2014 8:50 AM
Measure to Strip Suspended Lawmakers' Pay Misses Ballot

This spring, the State Senate temporarily booted Democrats Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright out of the chamber. Yee and Calderon were facing federal corruption charges, while Wright was convicted of presenting false information to voters. But all three lawmakers continued to receive paychecks. The Senate passed a ballot measure to change that in May -- but since then, the bill has sat in the Assembly without a vote.

The California Report | Aug 19, 2014 8:50 AM
Gov. Brown to Debate Neel Kashkari on Sept. 4

Governor Jerry Brown will debate his Republican challenger Neel Kashkari one time ahead of the November election. The debate is a coup for Kashkari, but it comes with serious strategic limitations. The debate will air statewide, on the California Report.

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