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 (303 archives)
No one can say for sure how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. But the dramatic events of this week constitute a benchmark for the Gay Rights movement.
After spirited oral arguments Tuesday, the fate of California's Proposition 8 is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. But not all the action was in the courtroom. Huge crowds of both supporters and opponents of the proposition gathered outside of the courtroom to voice their opinions.
History will be made this week when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. We report from Washington, D.C. for two days of arguments.
Gay rights advocates say the Obama administration's decision to weigh-in against California's ban on same-sex marriage is a political game-changer. The government's legal brief argues that since domestic partnerships in California offer the same legal rights as marriage, withholding the name "marriage" as Proposition 8 did can only be explained by unjustified prejudice.
Thursday is the deadline for friend-of-the-court or amicus briefs to be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Now, one last-minute brief from prominent Republicans opposing Prop. 8 has legal circles buzzing.