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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 on a variety of topics.

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 has 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 uncovered stories of sexual harassment, mismanagement of water bills, lack of oversight at animal shelters, and was part of the team that covered allegations of sexual harassment against former Mayor Bob Filner. She also regularly battles public agencies for access to their records.

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

Children play at the Children's Growing Center ...

As Day Cares Reopen, Parents Face Difficult Decisions

May 29
By Claire Trageser

They long to end the exhausting juggle of work and childcare. Yet, they worry about the risks of sending their kids back to a group environment amid a pandemic that is far from over.

Ty Figuero, center, a nurse in the Urgent Care ...

San Diego County Updates Official Death Toll For April

May 28
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego County Assessor and Recorder has added to the region's death toll for April, showing an increase likely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Children play at Children's Growing Center in M...

San Diego Day Cares Set To Reopen Despite Confusing Rules

May 28
By Claire Trageser

As more people return to work, many daycares are trying to reopen, but they are struggling with a maze of confusing and sometimes conflicting regulations on how to operate during the pandemic.

Restaurant workers in Old Town San Diego wear f...

Police Have Cited Just One Person In San Diego County For Not Wearing Face Covering

May 27
By Claire Trageser

A countywide order requiring face coverings began on May 1 — but the lone citation came from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

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

Latest Coronavirus Death Toll Shows A Surge In South San Diego County

May 21
By Claire Trageser

Of the last 100 deaths, 39 have been in South County. Also, deaths among Latinos have surged past those among whites.

A sign outside Raglan Public House in Ocean Bea...

How San Diego Restaurants Are Prepping For Dine-In Customers

May 19
By Claire Trageser

Going out to eat in the coronavirus era will be a very different experience, with spaced out tables, temperature checks for staff and perhaps giant stuffed animals.

Coronavirus testing at the San Diego county lab...

Death Records Suggest Coronavirus Was Not In San Diego Early This Year

May 16
By Claire Trageser

In contrast with some parts of the country, where the total number of deaths went up significantly in early parts of the year, the total number of deaths in San Diego County were similar to 2019.

Children are seen through a fence playing on a ...

County Leaves Day Care Providers In The Dark On Changes To Restrictions

May 13
By Claire Trageser

County health officials made a significant decision last week to allow day cares to begin accepting children whose parents are nonessential workers. But because of miscommunications, day care providers are just now getting the message.

Shawn Khalifa sits on the front porch of his tr...

Virus Adds Obstacles To Southwestern College Program For Local Inmates

May 12
By Claire Trageser

Southwestern Community College's Restorative Justice program helps prison inmates and those recently released access a college education. But its work has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

A phone displays Care19, the contact tracing ap...

It’s Public Health Vs. Privacy As San Diego County Considers Contact Tracing App

May 6
By Claire Trageser

The county is among governments worldwide considering using smartphone apps to help with the tracking of people exposed to the coronavirus. But not everyone is willing to use them.

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