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Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Senior Correspondent, KQED NEWSROOM

Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.

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The California Report | Sep 1, 2015 8:50 AM
9th Circuit Weighs Constitutionality of California's Death Penalty

It's been nearly a decade since California executed a death row inmate. Now, a federal appeals court is considering whether those long delays amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

The California Report | Aug 28, 2015 4:30 PM
Monterey Bay Aquarium: The Origin Story

Scott Shafer talks to one of the founders of the aquarium, Dr. Steve Webster, who brings us back to the beginning of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The California Report | Jun 26, 2015 4:30 PM
Supreme Court Strikes Down Bans on Same-Sex Marriage

Sometimes it's hard to know when you're witnessing history until after the fact. But Friday morning there was no question that the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states was a landmark moment.

The California Report | May 27, 2015 8:50 AM
Supreme Court Lets Alameda's Drug Disposal Law Stand

In 2012, Alameda County became the first county in the nation to make pharmaceutical companies pay for safe disposal of prescription drugs. Drug companies fought the law in court. But it survived a crucial test Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear arguments against it from major drug makers. That gives the green light to similar laws around the state.

The California Report | May 15, 2015 4:30 PM
Tracking and Treating California's Paroled Sex Offenders

In the past few months, we've reported on the growing number of inmates being released from state prisons. Today, we focus on one group of parolees who may spark stronger negative feelings than any other: sex offenders. There are about 6,000 sex offenders on parole in California. Their crimes range from rape to indecent exposure. Until recently, state law prevented all registered sex offenders from living within a half-mile of parks or schools where children gather. But the state Supreme Court found that blanket limitation on housing to be too restrictive. As a result, many sex offenders will soon be more integrated into neighborhoods. So how does the state keep track of registered sex offenders out in the community?

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