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Claire Trageser

Investigative Reporter

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.