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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

A protest of the anti-Iraqi government over all...

Large Chaldean Iraqi Population Is Thriving In San Diego Suburb

Dec. 3
By Claire Trageser

In recent decades, the city has been changing — it's now home to one of the largest populations in the country of Chaldeans, a persecuted religious and ethnic minority from Iraq.

Shawn Khalifa, right, an inmate at Donovan Stat...

California Appeals Court Keeps Limitations To Felony Murder Rule In Place

Nov. 20
By Claire Trageser

California courts have kept in place limitations on the so-called “felony murder rule,” which allowed prosecutors to charge people with murder even if they weren’t directly responsible for the crime.

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

Humane Society Draws Controversy By Sending Cats Back To The Streets

Nov. 18
By Claire Trageser

Since taking over animal control services for San Diego and several other cities last year, the San Diego Humane Society has allowed more than 1,200 stray cats to be released back to the streets.

Iraqi-Americans in El Cajon call for the intern...

Iraqi-Americans In El Cajon Plead For International Support Of Iraqi Protesters

Nov. 11
By Claire Trageser, Max Rivlin-Nadler

More than a hundred people gathered in El Cajon on Sunday to support ongoing anti-government protests in Iraq.

Flames from the Witch Creek fire light up the e...

PG&E Blasted For Not Being More Like SDG&E In Managing Power Shutoffs, But Is The Comparison Fair?

Oct. 24
By Claire Trageser

A few weeks ago, PG&E cut power to more than 700,000 customers. At the time, politicians and pundits pointed to SDG&E, which shut off electricity to about 500 customers, as a better example of wildfire preparedness.

Damaged trash and recycling bins at the Miramar...

Why Are There So Many Broken Trash Bins In San Diego?

Oct. 14
By Claire Trageser

A KPBS analysis of city records revealed an epidemic of broken bins — residents ordered nearly 17,500 replacement bins in 2018 alone. And over the last decade, the number replaced annually has increased by 42%.

Dennis Carolino, 52, rushing toward officers be...

Police Video Shows One Officer Fatally Shooting El Cerrito Man While Partner Uses Taser

Oct. 9
By Claire Trageser

In late August, a 52-year-old man holding a shovel charged at officers. One of the officers shot and killed the man, while the other fired only his taser, according to a department spokesman.

Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is escorted in...

Sheriff's Deputy Assault Victims Say Plea Deal Is Not Justice Served

Sept. 19
By Claire Trageser

Fischer was initially charged with 20 criminal counts that included assault, burglary, forcing oral sex and sexual battery. But his plea deal with the DA did not include the two sex crime charges he faced.

A boat navigates at night next to large iceberg...

San Diego Teens Share Their Views On Climate Change

Sept. 16
By Claire Trageser

This week media organizations across the world, including KPBS, are telling stories about people directly impacted by a changing climate. And that is especially true of the younger generation.

Flames consume a residence as the Lilac fire bu...

San Diego's Climate Crisis: The Risks And Costs Of Living In The Backcountry

Sept. 16
By Claire Trageser

Higher temperatures caused by climate change mean California’s all-important snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is smaller and melts faster than it did in the past. As a result, forests are dryer for longer and more prone to wildfire.

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