Scott Shafer

scott-shaferScott 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.


Faster Executions or None at All: California Voters May Get to Choose

If there’s one thing supporters and opponents of the death penalty can agree on, it’s this: The system is broken. Since California reinstated capital punishment in 1977, 117 death row inmates have died. But only 15 of them have been executed. The vast majority have died of natural causes or suicide. When he was chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Ronald George caused a stir when he said “the leading cause of death on death row in California is old age.” The system, he said, is … [Read more...]

Former Lifers Discuss Hopes, Fears After Winning Parole

or decades, California inmates serving sentences like 25-years-to-life had very little chance of being released. Parole was routinely denied by the Board of Parole Hearings, or blocked by the governor. But in the past few years, there's been a dramatic change. Since a key Supreme Court ruling in 2008, the number of so-called "lifers" winning parole has steadily climbed. Since then, more than 1,700 lifers have been released The change is being felt on both sides of the prison walls. At a … [Read more...]