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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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New Report Details Nearly a Quarter Century of Police Shootings

Aug. 19
By Claire Trageser

The report by the San Diego District Attorney's Office found that 40% of the shootings involved a white officer and a non-white suspect.

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Records: SDPD Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Resigned And Never Charged

Aug. 15
By Claire Trageser

The records, which relate to allegations that a San Diego Police officer sexually assaulted a woman in his custody in 2013, raise questions as to why he was never charged with a crime.

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A Mother Rides A Rollercoaster Of Hope While Her Son Sits In Jail

Aug. 9
By Claire Trageser

Shawn Khalifa was sentenced for murder even though he was outside when his friends broke into a Riverside County home and killed a 77-year-old man. A new law could reduce his sentence — but that law is being challenged.

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Hundreds In San Diego Hoping For Reduced Sentences For Murders They Didn't Commit

Aug. 8
By Claire Trageser

This year, California became one of the few states in the country to pass legislation limiting felony murder convictions. But the law change has powerful opponents who are challenging it in court.

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Details Of Midway Police Shooting Remain Under Wraps Despite Transparency Law

July 15
By Claire Trageser

A new state law aimed at opening up police investigations is not helping in the case of an officer killing a man armed only with a pen.

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Lambda Archives Stores San Diego's LGBTQ History

July 11
By Claire Trageser

Part of the challenge of running an LGBTQ archive is when it comes to older photos and memorabilia, there aren't that many, due to the closeted past.

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Lincoln Park Neighborhood Celebrates Changes At '4 Corners Of Life'

July 8
By Claire Trageser

For the past six years, people have gathered at the intersection of Euclid and Imperial avenues in Lincoln Park to celebrate the reclaiming of the place — instead of "four corners of death," the community now calls it "four corners of life."

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District Elections Could Mean A New Crop Of Candidates In November 2020

June 28
By Claire Trageser

Across San Diego County, there's a push to find and draft local city council candidates, especially candidates that come from minority communities.

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District Elections Supposed To Increase Diversity; So Far, San Diego Results Are Mixed

June 27
By Claire Trageser

Since 2012, all but five cities in San Diego County have switched to district elections for their city councils with the intention of increasing diversity. But so far, that hasn't always happened.

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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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