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 (319 archives)
If the Republican Party in California were a car it might be a Ford Pinto. Out of date, tough to sell and prone to erupting in flames. The state GOP has a shrinking share of registered voters -- now less than 30 percent -- and very little power in Sacramento. This weekend, party officials are holding their annual statewide convention south of San Francisco. They have their eyes on the November election, but in some ways they're still exercising demons from an election 20 years ago.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took office last summer and wasted no time setting a different tone from the man he replaced, Antonio Villaraigosa. The former city councilman is L.A.'s first Jewish mayor -- but he's also half Latino and fluent in Spanish. The former Rhodes scholar can dance salsa, plays jazz piano and is a bit of a computer geek who designed a mobile app to improve city services. We sit down with Mayor Garcetti in his office to talk about his efforts to make local government more efficient.
Civil rights groups say California is illegally preventing thousands of ex-felons from voting. A new lawsuit targets new categories of former inmates created under the criminal justice reform known as realignment.
On Wednesday, University of California President Janet Napolitano heads to Sochi, Russia, where she'll lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics. The delegation consists of 10 people, three of whom are openly gay athletes. Their selection by President Obama stands in contrast to Russia's repressive policies toward LGBT people.
Christmas week also marks the end of an era for a San Francisco icon. This Monday night, Candlestick Park will host the San Francisco 49ers' final home game of the regular season. Next year, the team departs for a brand-new stadium about an hour south in Santa Clara. We talk with fans who've suffered through decades of cold, fog and wind at Candlestick, who wax sentimental about the place.