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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Scott: (415) 553-2255
Stories (290 archives)
When the state Legislature returns from holiday break next month, it will mark the start of a new era shaped by voter-approved reforms and dozens of new members. At the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol earlier this month, nearly half of the incoming Assembly members present took their oath of office for the very first time.
The votes are still being counted, but Democrats appear to have won two-thirds supermajorities in both the state Senate and Assembly. They'll now be able to pass legislation without any Republican votes -- and they can even override a veto from the governor.
San Francisco city workers are sweeping up the last bits of orange confetti this morning after yesterday's massive World Series victory parade for the Giants.
For the past two decades, California has been tough political terrain for Republicans. In part that's because the state's growing Latino population overwhelmingly supports Democrats. On the Central Coast, Republican congressional candidate Abel Maldonado is hoping his Mexican heritage will help bridge that divide by appealing to Latinos and independent voters.
More than 725 people are sitting on California's death row. If Proposition 34 passes next month, their sentences will all be converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The measure is the latest chapter in a meandering legal and political dispute over capital punishment.