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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 | May 27, 2015 8:50 AM
Supreme Court Lets Alameda's Drug Disposal Law Stand

In 2012, Alameda County became the first county in the nation to make pharmaceutical companies pay for safe disposal of prescription drugs. Drug companies fought the law in court. But it survived a crucial test Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear arguments against it from major drug makers. That gives the green light to similar laws around the state.

The California Report | May 15, 2015 4:30 PM
Tracking and Treating California's Paroled Sex Offenders

In the past few months, we've reported on the growing number of inmates being released from state prisons. Today, we focus on one group of parolees who may spark stronger negative feelings than any other: sex offenders. There are about 6,000 sex offenders on parole in California. Their crimes range from rape to indecent exposure. Until recently, state law prevented all registered sex offenders from living within a half-mile of parks or schools where children gather. But the state Supreme Court found that blanket limitation on housing to be too restrictive. As a result, many sex offenders will soon be more integrated into neighborhoods. So how does the state keep track of registered sex offenders out in the community?

The California Report | Apr 24, 2015 8:50 AM
Tech Companies to Urge Supreme Court for Marriage Equality

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether states can ban gay marriages or refuse to recognize those that are performed in states where it's legal like California. Now, tech companies are speaking up in support of marriage equality.

The California Report | Apr 17, 2015 4:30 PM
Water Conservation Efforts Not Reaching State's Wealthy Enclaves

It's really easy to see how this drought could turn into an ugly kind of us vs. them scuffle all over the state. Backing that up are numbers from the State Water Board showing that in the swankiest zip codes in California, conservation isn't so chic. Cities like Beverly Hills and Malibu just aren't doing their part to save water. And neither is a wealthy rural enclave in the heart of Silicon Valley: Woodside.

The California Report | Apr 3, 2015 4:30 PM
When a Radio Reporter Gets Busted by the Water Inspector

You know you're in trouble when you go to the Sierra to measure the snowpack and all you see is grass. Gov. Jerry Brown called for mandatory water restrictions this week. So, host Scott Shafer invited the San Francisco Water Department to inspect his house for leaks. He gets some tips about how we can all save more water.

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