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 (333 archives)
There's a profound change underway in California's criminal justice system. Inmates serving life sentences with the possibility of parole are being released in record numbers. Since 2009, nearly 2,300 lifers have been paroled. Gov. Brown's office insists it has nothing to do with the state's prison overcrowding issue, rather he says, it's being driven by recent court rulings that make it harder to deny parole if inmates are no longer considered a public safety risk. Now, for the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is offering classes aimed directly at lifers.
Anyone convicted of a crime can have a hard time even getting an interview, let alone a job. That's because most applications ask job seekers to check a box if they've been convicted of a crime. If they check the box, in many cases they get no further. But as of July 1, under the so-called "ban the box" bill signed by Gov. Brown, state and local government employers can no longer ask that question on job applications.
On Tuesday, the University of California throws its weight behind an ambitious new effort to improve global nutrition. As an example of what kinds of issues will be targeted by the effort, UC President Janet Napolitano cited the twin problems of malnutrition and obesity.
June is LGBT Pride month, and this weekend San Francisco hosts the nation's largest Gay Pride Parade. This year's events come at a time of extraordinary success for gay rights advocates. The gay and lesbian community in West Hollywood celebrated Pride recently with a mural unveiling at a Wells Fargo bank branch. It includes an image from more than four decades ago, part of a collection coming to light only now.
Later today, Republicans in the House of Representatives will choose a new Majority Leader. The winner will replace Eric Cantor of Virginia, who suffered a stunning primary defeat last week at the hands of a Tea Party candidate. By all accounts, Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield has the job sewn up. What might this mean for the issues California cares about? Like water, immigration reform, patent reform and high speed rail?