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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 exclusively obtaining the data on where COVID-19 outbreaks are happening. She also has analyzed 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

Patients waiting in line for a COVID-19 vaccine...

San Diego County COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Highest In Wealthy ZIP Codes

Feb. 19
By Claire Trageser

County data show vaccination rates in places like Coronado, Del Mar and La Jolla are as high as 25%. Meanwhile, the lower-income areas with high case rates have vaccination rates as low as 7%.

Samples of breastmilk from Dr. Kathryn Pade, wh...

COVID-19 Vaccine Likely Beneficial For Breastfed Babies, But Questions Remain

Feb. 10
By Claire Trageser

No clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines were done on pregnant or breastfeeding women — standard practice for any new drug or vaccine. But some doctors and medical experts now say this was a mistake.

A baby born to a mom with COVID-19 rests at DHR...

Expectant Mothers Aren't Getting Clear Guidance About COVID-19 Vaccines

Feb. 9
By Claire Trageser

Some medical professionals say pregnant women should have been included in the COVID-19 vaccine trials, but now it’s too late and there is scant data on the effects of vaccines on unborn babies.

San Diego police officers monitor protesters du...

SDPD, Sheriff Still Owe Public Hundreds Of Police Shooting And Use Of Force Records

Jan. 28
By Claire Trageser

The police agencies are violating a landmark state law passed in 2018. A new bill could impose fines on departments that do not release records quickly enough.

Trish Taylor is shown breastfeeding her son, Dw...

If You Are Breastfeeding, What Are Your Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Jan. 27
By Claire Trageser

KPBS is working on a story about breastfeeding women and their questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Please share your thoughts and questions with us.

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San Diego Activists Demand District Attorney Prosecute Past Police Shootings

Jan. 18
By Claire Trageser

Racial justice activists in San Diego want to reclaim Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a call for more police accountability by asking District Attorney Summer Stephan to prosecute police officers for past shootings.

Christa Jones, a nurse in the Sharp Grossmont H...

COVID-19 Deaths In San Diego County Have Doubled Since Thanksgiving

Jan. 15
By Claire Trageser

Between just before Thanksgiving and now, COVID-19 deaths in San Diego County have spiked to more than 2,000. Experts expect the number to continue to rise rapidly for at least another month, if not two.

San Diego police officers pose for a photo on N...

San Diego Police Practice Their People Skills On Social Media With Help From Consultant

Dec. 28, 2020
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Police Department is paying an outside consultant $4,000 a month to help it seem more human and relatable on its social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook, according to the department.

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COVID-19 Cases Spike At San Diego County Jails And Detention Centers

Dec. 22, 2020
By Claire Trageser, Katy Stegall

More than 1,800 cases have been reported at these facilities from March through mid-December, with hundreds reported in just the past few weeks, according to San Diego County community outbreak records obtained by KPBS.

A map of San Diego showing COVID-19 outbreak lo...

Here's Where COVID-19 Outbreaks Have Happened In San Diego County

Dec. 21, 2020
By Claire Trageser, Katy Stegall

If you’ve gone out at all since the pandemic first struck, you quite likely walked into a place where an outbreak occurred, according to the KPBS analysis of 1,006 outbreak records dating from March through the end of November.

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