KQED Radio Staff
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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Stories (317 archives)
Governor Jerry Brown told a rally for crime victims' rights in Sacramento on Tuesday that it's essential to find ways to reduce violence in our culture. The governor also took time to tout his signature criminal justice policy.
Procrastinators take note: Monday is the last day to get health insurance without facing a possible penalty under the Affordable Care Act. Covered California, the state's online health insurance marketplace, says more than a million Californians have already bought insurance. But some are waiting until the very last minute.
The state legislature heard from Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of California's Supreme Court yesterday. She delivered her annual "State of the Judiciary" address - but she adopted a distinctly different tone from previous years.
If the Republican Party in California were a car it might be a Ford Pinto. Out of date, tough to sell and prone to erupting in flames. The state GOP has a shrinking share of registered voters -- now less than 30 percent -- and very little power in Sacramento. This weekend, party officials are holding their annual statewide convention south of San Francisco. They have their eyes on the November election, but in some ways they're still exercising demons from an election 20 years ago.
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.