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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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KPBS Lawsuit Reveals Unanswered Citizen Complaints Against Sheriff's Department

June 3
By Claire Trageser

KPBS filed a lawsuit for the records after multiple women said they reported a Sheriff's deputy for sexual misconduct but never received a response.

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Newly Released Internal Report Details La Mesa Police Deadly Standoff In 2017

May 20
By Claire Trageser

Records have been released under a new state law requiring law enforcement agencies to make internal reports about officers who shoot someone or commit sexual assaults public.

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San Diego Cities Are Switching To District Elections To Increase Diversity — But Is It Working?

May 6
By Claire Trageser

Most cities switched in the last few years to avoid lawsuits brought under the California Voting Rights Act that allege those cities are under-representing minorities.

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How Police Departments Are Disclosing Records Under SB 1421

May 6
By Claire Trageser

Cities in San Diego County are taking different approaches to their release of past records of police shootings, use of force and sexual assault, and cities aren't necessarily releasing records of recent police shootings first.

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The Evidence In The Vaults Below The Courthouse

May 3
By Claire Trageser

San Diego Superior Court stores about 30,000 exhibits and two-fifths of them are from murder cases. All evidence has to be stored until a case's appeals process is complete.

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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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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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