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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

Aaron Harvey poses on the UC Berkeley campus af...

‘At The Expense Of My Life.’ Aaron Harvey’s Journey From Wrongful Gang Charges To UC Berkeley Graduation

July 26
By Claire Trageser

Harvey said the case, and the judge’s decision to overturn it, along with a $1.5 million settlement he and rapper Brandon Duncan, who was charged in the same case, received from the city of San Diego, brought a lot of change. But at what cost.

A Peninsular Bighorn Sheep in the Anza-Borrego ...

Annual Bighorn Sheep Count In Anza-Borrego Canceled, Ending 50-Year Tradition

July 19
By Claire Trageser

The heatwaves that have rippled across the Western United States this summer are causing problems for wildlife researchers. In the desert outside San Diego, an annual bighorn sheep count was cancelled after a volunteer died of heatstroke.

Ramon Toscano poses with his son in his Vista h...

Rental Relief Aims To Prevent Tsunami Of Evictions, But Will It Be Enough?

June 24
By Claire Trageser, Cristina Kim

While early pandemic predictions of a tsunami of evictions seem unlikely, advocates are worried that there could still be a steady stream.

KPBS reporter Claire Trageser with her dog Kima...

How To Help Your Pet Get Ready For When You Go Back To Work

June 16
By Claire Trageser, Megan Burke

With many of us working from home for the past year and a half, our pets have gotten used to having us around.

Bianca Santos works from her home in this undat...

As California Reopens, Some Unvaccinated People Feel Left Behind

June 15
By Claire Trageser

While many have chosen to not get a COVID-19 vaccine, there are a few among us who desperately want to be vaccinated, but can’t due to medical issues.

San Diego's skyline is shown in this undated ph...

Watchdog Report Uncovers Culture Of Harassment, Discrimination At San Diego's Largest Employers

June 14
By Claire Trageser, Harrison Patiño

An investigation by The San Diego Union-Tribune has revealed a pervasive culture of sexual harassment and discrimination among some of the county's largest employers.

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the vac...

Are You Unable To Take A COVID-19 Vaccine?

June 2
By Claire Trageser

Do you have a medical condition that prevents you from getting vaccinated against COVID-19? If so, what has your experience been like?

The part of Imperial Beach where the lowest per...

Lending Ends Monday For Third Round Of PPP, Which Aims To Correct Inequities

May 31
By Claire Trageser

In the first two rounds of PPP loans, San Diego County lenders gave 61% of loans to businesses in majority-white census tracts and just under 12% to businesses in majority-Latinx census tracts.

A cat peeks through the trees in Paradise Hills...

San Diego Humane Society Releasing More Cats To Streets

May 19
By Claire Trageser

In the city of San Diego between July 2019 and December 2020, the Humane Society released more than 1,300 cats to the streets.

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Businesses In San Diego's Majority White Communities Received By Far The Most PPP Loans

May 3
By Claire Trageser

In some white and wealthy Census tracts, upwards of 99% of businesses got federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Meanwhile, in some low-income minority tracts, fewer than 5% received funds.

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