Senior Editor, KQED Politics and Government Desk
Scott Shafer migrated to KQED in 1998 after extended stints in politics and government to host The California Report. Now he covers those things and more as senior editor for KQED's Politics and Government Desk. Shafer has covered stories for National Public Radio programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday. Most recently, he hosted The California Report’s 30-minute weekly news magazine. Shafer and his team continue to contribute to KQED Newsroom and The California Report.
Shafer has earned numerous awards for his political reporting. He was a member of the panel of journalists that questioned candidates in the televised 2010 U.S. Senate debate between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina. He covered the gay marriage issue from the Proposition 8
Campaign through the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made same sex marriage legal in California. Shafer has hosted live statewide coverage of election night and State of the State Addresses every year since 1998.
Prior to joining KQED, Shafer was press secretary to San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos and Chief of Staff to Controller Gray Davis.
When he's not asking questions you'll often find him in a pool playing water polo. Find him on Twitter @scottshafer.