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Claire Trageser

Investigative Reporter

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Claire Trageser is an investigative reporter and has worked at KPBS since 2012. She is part of the KPBS Investigations Desk and writes and produces in-depth coverage for radio, television, and the web. She was named the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists' 2020 Journalist of the Year.

Claire finds stories that are not part of a specific beat, including reporting and producing the six-part in depth radio, TV, and podcast series Dr J's. She created a searchable database of police shootings and use of force cases as part of her reporting on policing, including the finding that officers are more likely to shoot if a suspect is a person of color. She won the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists' Diversity Prize two years in a row for coverage of emerging leaders in San Diego's lower income communities and the tension between two neighborhoods that share a common boundary.

Claire has also contributed to KPBS's coronavirus coverage, including analyzing demographics surrounding deaths, infection rates, and the growing childcare crisis.

Claire studied chemistry at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She then earned a master's degree in journalism at UC Berkeley, where she worked at the Knight Digital Media Center and completed a master's project with Michael Pollan.

Recent Stories by Claire Trageser

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Public Invited To Weigh In On San Diego's New Police Oversight Commission

Nov. 30
By Claire Trageser

It will be the first chance for public comment on the new Commission on Police Practices, which city voters approved in the Nov. 3 election.

The Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego is pi...

Judge Rules San Diego County Can Keep COVID-19 Outbreak Locations Secret

Nov. 20
By Claire Trageser

In his ruling against local news organizations, Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil said he had to balance the public interest in keeping the information secret with the public interest in releasing it.

A pedestrian wearing a mask walks in front of a...

Why Bay Area Counties Are Beating Coronavirus While San Diego Struggles

Nov. 13
By Claire Trageser

Different demographics, a different attitude toward reopening and a different public health infrastructure have helped the Bay Area region dramatically improve its case rate.

Maribel Estrada, the owner of El Toro Grill Taq...

San Diego Has Sunk Back To Purple Tier. What Does That Mean?

Nov. 12
By Claire Trageser

San Diego County is now in the dreaded purple tier, the worst possible ranking in the state's system meant to control COVID-19 spread. Could it have been prevented?

San Diego police officers monitor protesters du...

San Diego's Police Reform Measure Passed, What Happens Next?

Nov. 11
By Claire Trageser

San Diegans overwhelmingly passed Measure B, which will establish an independent commission to oversee the San Diego Police Department. But there are still many details to be worked out regarding how the commission will operate.

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UC San Diego Using Virus Tracing App To Help Prevent Campus Outbreaks

Nov. 9
By Claire Trageser

UC San Diego students, faculty and staff can install the app on their phones to let them know if they've been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. University officials hope all UC campuses will be using it soon.

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is...

Measure B To Form Independent Police Review Commission Passes

Nov. 3
By Claire Trageser

Measure B is asking San Diego voters to create more robust community oversight on the actions of police officers.

Miren Algorri plays with a girl at her home-bas...

A New Business Venture Aims To Be A Lifeline For A Child Care Industry In Crisis

Nov. 5
By Claire Trageser

Mission Driven Finance, a San Diego based investment company, is piloting a program that would reduce rents or mortgages for child care providers.

Yard signs for City Council candidates Marni Vo...

Von Wilpert Leading Levanthal In Race For San Diego City Council District 5 Seat

Nov. 3
By Claire Trageser

Democrat Marni Von Wilpert, a San Diego deputy city attorney, is running against Joe Leventhal, a Republican lawyer. Both are political newcomers, and if Von Wilpert wins it would further strengthen the Democrats' hold on City Council.

City Council candidates Noli Zosa (left) and Ra...

Democrat Raul Campillo Leading Over GOP Noli Zosa For San Diego City Council District 7

Nov. 3
By Claire Trageser

The race for San Diego City Council District 7 is one of just two council races with a Democrat and Republican facing off. The winner could impact the power dynamic on the City Council.

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