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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Stories (345 archives)
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.
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.
Throughout this past week, hundreds of demonstrators filled the streets in Berkeley and Oakland. The protesters were mostly young, angered over recent grand jury decisions not to prosecute two police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Missouri. The week's protests got us thinking about how protest strategies have changed -- or not -- in the 21st century.
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.
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.