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Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer
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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The California Report | Mar 3, 2015 8:50 AM
State Supreme Court Strikes Down Broad Enforcement of Sex Offender Law

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.

The California Report | Feb 20, 2015 4:30 PM
Silicon Valley's Last Affordable City?

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.

The California Report | Feb 13, 2015 4:30 PM
Obama Convenes Stanford Summit on 'Evil Layer Cake' of Cyberthreats

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.

The California Report | Dec 22, 2014 8:50 AM
Celebrating Hanukkah at San Quentin Prison

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.

The California Report | Dec 19, 2014 4:30 PM
San Quentin's Jewish Chaplain Celebrates Last Hanukkah Behind Bars

For the last decade, Carole Hyman has been the only woman at an annual Hanukkah celebration. That's because she's the Jewish chaplain at San Quentin Prison. In a spare room with beige cinder block walls, well-worn linoleum floors and harsh fluorescent lights she ministers to inmates, most who are serving life sentences for first or second-degree murder.

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