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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

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The Archives That Lie Below San Diego City Hall

April 19
By Claire Trageser

Our current cultural moment seems to embrace minimalism. But you won't find that in the archives in the basement of city hall.

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Congressman Levin Proposes Bill To Tackle San Onofre Nuclear Storage

April 16
By Claire Trageser

Congressman Mike Levin on Tuesday waded into the ongoing dilemma over what to do about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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National City Releases Records Of Police Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man

April 5
By Claire Trageser

National City released an internal report on Thursday about an officer who shot an unarmed man in 2001.

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San Diego Police Misconduct, Use Of Force Records Can Now Be Released

April 1
By Claire Trageser

The public should now be allowed to see past records of police shootings, use of force and sexual assault after a lawsuit in San Diego County held up their release.

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Police Searching For Arsonist Suspected Of Setting Fire To Escondido Mosque

March 25
By City News Service, Claire Trageser

Police Monday were searching for an arsonist suspected of starting a fire at an Escondido mosque and leaving graffiti referencing deadly attacks at two mosques in New Zealand.

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Where Can You Get A Wheel Cramping Ticket In San Diego? (Hint: Almost Anywhere)

March 25
By Claire Trageser

More than 1,000 parking tickets a month are written in San Diego for drivers who didn't "cramp their wheels," or turn their wheels toward a curb when parked on a hill.

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Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Updates Constituents After Her First 100 Days

March 21
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery acknowledged she has high expectations to fill as she spoke to constituents Wednesday night, following 100 days in office.

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San Diego Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Aims To Be Voice Of Her Community

March 19
By Claire Trageser

When Monica Montgomery won handily in November, a message rang clear: Don't worry about outside groups or special interests, just listen to the people you represent. Now, a few months into her term, Montgomery is spending a lot of time doing just that.

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San Diego Housing Commission Sued Over Housing Voucher Program

March 18
By Claire Trageser

Last year, the San Diego Housing Commission decided not to use a federal program aimed at desegregating its neighborhoods. Now, the housing commission is being sued for that decision.

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Lincoln Park Art Project Uses Old Bike Parts To Make Kaleidoscopes

March 11
By Claire Trageser

A new piece of art has gone up in the Gathering Place, a community park at 50th Street and Imperial Avenue in Lincoln Park.

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