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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 (118 archives)


The California Report | Aug 14, 2014 8:50 AM
Water Bond Heads to November Ballot as Proposition 1

A plan to spend more than $7 billion on water projects across California is on its way to the November ballot. The water bond passed Wednesday night with near-unanimous support from lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown.

The California Report | Aug 12, 2014 8:50 AM
Lawmakers Grant Themselves Extra Days to Pass Water Bond

State lawmakers were bumping up against a deadline to put a new water bond on the fall ballot -- but no longer. Legislators pushed the date back until Wednesday.

The California Report | Aug 7, 2014 8:50 AM
Cap-and-Trade Faces Big Political Test Over Gas Prices

California's cap-and-trade system will expand next year. For the first time, consumers will likely be able to see how the program affects energy prices, especially the price of gas. That has many politicians nervous, including a group of Democrats urging Governor Jerry Brown to hit the brakes.

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.

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