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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It's too easy to turn the murder of black and Latino young men in big cities into statistics. There are just so many shootings. But there was something about the murder this past week of 14-year-old Davon Ellis in Oakland that made it hard to rack it up as just another murder. For one thing, it seemed so random. Host Scott Shafer talks with teens at MetWest High School in Oakland - including a friend of Davon's - about the pervasive violence around them. He also talks to a mental health professional about how this violence affects kids and how they counsel young people to cope.
About a decade ago, voters passed a law barring some sex offenders in California from living within 2,000 feet of parks and schools. That's a little less than half a mile. Yesterday, the California Supreme Court struck down parts of the law, also known as Jessica's Law. That means some registered sex offenders will soon have more housing options.
For years the tech boom largely bypassed one little part of Silicon Valley: East Palo Alto. It's just across Highway 101 from Stanford University and all the venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road. Until recently, East Palo Alto was a relatively affordable enclave for working class Latinos and African-Americans. That's quickly changing.
One way or another, we're all online, right? Googling, updating our status, banking, uploading photos and videos. And using our debit cards to buy just about anything. But the Internet has turned into a pretty rough neighborhood, and as we?ve seen in a steady stream of media reports, the bad guys are out there, hacking into computer systems as often as they can. This risk of getting hacked and what to do about it was why President Obama came to Stanford University Friday, to convene a White House summit on cybersecurity.
We're in the final, frenetic days of this holiday season: shopping, eating, attending office parties, and for some, hiding from the craziness of it all. Here's a story about the celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, in a place you might not expect.