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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 | Nov 21, 2014 4:30 PM
San Francisco Knife Sharpener Finds Art in His Work

For most folks, turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving table. And just before we dig in, someone will be the designated carver-in-chief. These days, many amateur chefs are getting their knives sharpened so serving up that bird for Thanksgiving dinner comes off without a hitch. Earlier this week, we paid a visit to someone who learned a thing or two about the importance of a good, sharp knife as an artist.

The California Report | Nov 20, 2014 8:50 AM
Undocumented Asian Immigrants Eagerly Await Presidential Action

President Obama will announce his executive action Thursday night, likely granting temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants. Latinos have been at the forefront of calls for immigration reform. But undocumented Asian immigrants also have lot riding on the president's announcement.

The California Report | Nov 14, 2014 4:30 PM
ACLU Calls for More Public Scrutiny of Surveillance Systems

We're all being watched, when we go through an airport, drive through a toll booth or use public transit. This week, the ACLU of California -- after wading through years of public meeting agendas and minutes for city councils and county boards of supervisors -- found that at least 90 local governments use some form of surveillance. And in most cases, there was little or no public input before it was used.

The California Report | Nov 12, 2014 8:50 AM
ACLU Report Pushes for More Transparency in Police Surveillance Technology

Local law enforcement agencies rely on surveillance technology, like video cameras and license plate readers, in order to protect public safety. In a report out today, the ACLU of California describes what it sees as a lack of transparency and oversight in how these technologies are used.

The California Report | Nov 4, 2014 8:50 AM
The Legacy of Proposition 187

This Election Day is the 20th anniversary of a ballot measure that left a profound mark on California. In 1994, voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187. It was a kind of citizens' revolt over illegal immigration -- and its impact is still felt up and down the state.

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