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 (291 archives)
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.
The election is just over a month away now, and California has nearly a dozen Congressional seats where the outcome is truly up in the air. One is in the new 24th Congressional district, which includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and a little bit of northern Ventura County. Host Scott Shafer visited the area to see what voters think about the race and the role of government for our series "What's Government For?"
On the Central Coast, redistricting has a Democratic incumbent fighting for her political life. The 24th Congressional District encompasses all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, plus a little bit of western Ventura County. Democrat Lois Capps faces a well-known Republican getting help from the national GOP in a race they'd love to win.
Proposition 34 on the November ballot would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison with no possibility of parole. A new poll finds voters in the state deeply divided on the matter.
Governor Jerry Brown is warning that more deep cuts in public education are coming unless his tax-raising Proposition 30 passes in November. Two new polls give the governor some reason for hope his message is reaching voters -- but not much.