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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.

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

Voter registration forms marked with Common Sen...

New Political Party That Enlisted Voters Without Their Consent Is Now Suing State To Get On Ballot

Sept. 14
By Claire Trageser

California’s Common Sense Party, which KPBS found was signing up voters without their knowledge or consent, is now suing the state to get on the ballot, even though it hasn't collected enough signatures.

A roadblock sign chained to a slide at a playgr...

San Diego Beaches, Parks And Restaurants Are Open, But Playgrounds Remain Closed

Sept. 11
By Claire Trageser

While much else in San Diego has been allowed to gradually reopen amid the pandemic, playgrounds appear to be closed indefinitely. They’re not part of any phased reopening plans at the local or state level.

Denzel Draughn at his arraignment in San Diego ...

Judge Lowers Bail For Protester Accused Of Pepper-Spraying Police

Sept. 9
By Claire Trageser

Denzel Draughn had been in jail for two weeks on $750,000 bail for pepper-spraying police officers at a protest. It will now be lowered to $150,000, which means his supporters can bail him out.

Protesters clash with police in downtown San Di...

San Diego Activist Still In Jail, Under $750,000 Bail, A Week After Protest

Sept. 4
By Claire Trageser

Police charged Denzel Draughn with 19 felony counts after he allegedly sprayed officers with pepper spray during a protest on Aug. 28. Police say Draughn is a flight risk, but his lawyer and fellow protesters say the high bail is meant as a form of retaliation.

A still from an officer's body-worn camera at a...

San Diego Police Have Released All Videos Of Officers Shooting People This Year, Except For One

Sept. 2
By Claire Trageser

The department has followed state law and released videos of seven out of the eight police shootings since July 2019, sometimes within 72 hours of the incident. But one video hasn't been released and it's not clear why.

Protesters gather in downtown San Diego June 27...

Police Are Now Required To Release The Video When An Officer Shoots, But Not All Of It

Sept. 1
By Claire Trageser

A California law that went into effect a year ago mandates, with some exceptions, that police departments release videos when officers fire their weapons or use force that causes great bodily injury. But the videos are edited and don't contain all of the footage.

The San Diego County Administration Building do...

KPBS Joining Voice Of San Diego In Suit Against County For COVID Outbreak Information

Aug. 26
By Claire Trageser

The news outlet sued San Diego County after the county denied its request for epidemiological reports sent to the state that include specific locations of outbreaks along with the dates they occurred.

Maya Ramos and Kaia Cagasan and their older bro...

For Kindergarteners, First Day Of School Won't Be What They (Or Their Parents) Dreamed About

Aug. 25
By Claire Trageser

Parents and teachers are staring down the challenge of introducing kids to school for the very first time without actually having them in a physical classroom. Some will have it a lot easier than others.

Holly Weber talks to a student at Magic Hours P...

San Diego County Launches Grant Program For Day Cares Impacted By Pandemic

Aug. 19
By Claire Trageser

Starting Monday, child care providers can apply for small grants that come from federal CARES Act funding and are distributed by the county and local nonprofits.

People board an MTS bus in National City, Aug. ...

San Diego’s Black And Latino Neighborhoods Hit With COVID-19 Triple Whammy

Aug. 11
By Claire Trageser

Two recent reports show that predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods in San Diego County not only have the highest COVID-19 infection rates and are hardest hit by unemployment, but also experience a significant gap in access to testing.

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