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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 | Jan 15, 2016 4:30 PM
Inside San Quentin's Death Row, Inmates Disagree on Capital Punishment

A new Field Poll on the death penalty shows Californians are almost evenly split between putting an end to executions and speeding them up. We get a rare glimpse inside of a place most of us will never visit -- and wouldn't want to: death row at San Quentin Prison. It houses some of the state's most notorious criminals. But the reality is executions are few and far between. It was 10 years ago this weekend that the last condemned inmate was put to death. Journalists rarely see death row, or talk to the prisoners there. KQED's Politics and Government Editor Scott Shafer got to do just that, and he found a wide range of opinions about capital punishment.

The California Report | Jan 15, 2016 8:50 AM
Voters Could Have Say on Death Penalty as Death Row Backs Up

California last executed a death row inmate exactly 10 years ago this Sunday. On the state's death row right now sit 745 people. Californians are split right down the middle over whether to speed up these executions or stop them completely. That's according to a new survey out Friday from the Field Poll. Come November, voters might have a say on how to fix the system as there are two very different ballot measures in the works.

The California Report | Jan 8, 2016 8:50 AM
Gov. Brown's Budget Mantra: Caution

With state revenue coming in well ahead of projections, there's plenty to like in the new $122 billion general fund budget Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled Thursday. Despite the good times, the governor's mantra was "caution."

The California Report | Dec 8, 2015 8:50 AM
Supreme Court Case Could Impact Political Clout of State's Latinos

The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case Tuesday that gets to the heart of what it means to have representative government. The challenge to 'one person, one vote' could affect the political clout of Latinos in California. It comes down to this: do elected officials represent everyone who lives in their district, or only the people eligible to vote?

The California Report | Dec 1, 2015 8:50 AM
Silicon Valley Titans Back New Clean Energy Initiative

Later this week, Gov. Jerry Brown will head to the international climate conference in Paris where he'll tout California's leadership in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. High-tech titans from California are also hopping on the green energy bandwagon. They're lining up to support a new clean energy initiative announced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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