KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Scott Shafer did not travel a straight career line to KQED. He started his radio news career with KPFA in Berkeley, KFBK in Sacramento and KOIT in San Francisco.
He left radio for a few years (or rather, radio left him after format changes where he worked) and plunged into the world of politics, a.k.a. "the dark side." From 1988 to 1992, Scott served former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos as Press Secretary, and later worked for then-State Controller Gray Davis as Chief of Staff. After a stint as a political consultant, he returned to journalism at KQED 88.5FM in 1998.
As host and correspondent of the statewide California Report, Scott reports on a wide range of topics, from military and veterans issues to health care and gay marriage. He's won many awards for excellence, including ones from Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI), the Society for Professional Journalists and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He also hosts the "Health Dialogues" series on important health issues facing our state.
When he's not at work Scott stays active swimming, playing water polo and biking. He also loves to travel. Of the many places he has visited his favorite destinations are Spain, Italy and Mexico.
Email Scott: email@example.com
Call Scott: (415) 553-2255
Stories (303 archives)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took office last summer and wasted no time setting a different tone from the man he replaced, Antonio Villaraigosa. The former city councilman is L.A.'s first Jewish mayor -- but he's also half Latino and fluent in Spanish. The former Rhodes scholar can dance salsa, plays jazz piano and is a bit of a computer geek who designed a mobile app to improve city services. We sit down with Mayor Garcetti in his office to talk about his efforts to make local government more efficient.
Civil rights groups say California is illegally preventing thousands of ex-felons from voting. A new lawsuit targets new categories of former inmates created under the criminal justice reform known as realignment.
On Wednesday, University of California President Janet Napolitano heads to Sochi, Russia, where she'll lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics. The delegation consists of 10 people, three of whom are openly gay athletes. Their selection by President Obama stands in contrast to Russia's repressive policies toward LGBT people.
Christmas week also marks the end of an era for a San Francisco icon. This Monday night, Candlestick Park will host the San Francisco 49ers' final home game of the regular season. Next year, the team departs for a brand-new stadium about an hour south in Santa Clara. We talk with fans who've suffered through decades of cold, fog and wind at Candlestick, who wax sentimental about the place.
UC President Janet Napolitano has been on the job since the end of September. She has spent much of her first six weeks visiting UC campuses, listening to students and faculty. This week, she attended her first UC Regents' meeting in San Francisco. President Napolitano sat down to talk with us about her vision for the UC system.