Claire Trageser

Multimedia Journalist


I have written for The Denver Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle P-I and The Oakland Tribune, along with alt-weeklies The Willamette Week and San Diego CityBeat. Examples are below.

The Denver Post

Researchers explore ways to cure altitude sickness
Using an altitude chamber, Dr. Ben Honigman is developing drugs that lessen the time it takes for people to adjust to high altitudes, including soldiers battling at the extreme elevations of Afghanistan. He has applied to the Army’s research wing — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — for $20 million in grants to further the research.

Medical marijuana vote a victory for patients
A proposal that would have effectively shut down medical-marijuana dispensaries was rejected Monday night by the Colorado Board of Health.

Colorado drivers know risk of texting but still do it
Drivers continue to read and send text messages while at the wheel, even though they know it’s dangerous, according to survey results released this week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Educators to file U.S complaint about DPS
A group of 12 educators worried about the decline in the number of African-American teachers in Denver Public Schools decided Tuesday to file an official complaint about “systemic discrimination” with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Designated beneficiary rules grant unmarried pairs decision-making power
Marilyn McCord, 68, and Don Anderson, 70, live in the same home and are committed to spending the rest of their lives together. But because McCord does not want to lose the Social Security benefits she has earned since the death of her husband, she and Anderson are not married.

Plus many more.

The San Francisco Chronicle

Burmese ambivalent about resettling in U.S.
Nid Paw remains calm when describing the Burmese government’s destruction of her village, her forced relocation to a refugee camp in Thailand and threats of deportation by local police. But it’s a question about her future that seems to agitate her the most.

The Seattle P-I

Nation is tuned in to mystery of beached feet
Something is afoot in the Pacific Ocean. Six severed feet have turned up on Pacific Northwest shores, baffling authorities and leading to whodunit theories that range from a serial killer to a practical joke.

Want to calculate a carbon footprint?
A recent University of Washington study found that when the same values were used with 10 different online carbon footprint calculators, the results varied greatly. In one category, the bottom line for a typical American homeowner varied by more than 32,800 pounds of carbon produced per year.

‘We felt we were trying to find our brothers’
The expedition that found the bodies of three Seattle snowboarders killed in an avalanche in December started with a simple blog post from a stranger.

Some kids use their long break from school for school
Welcome to Youth Philanthropy Camp, a program run by The Seattle Foundation that teaches high school students about nonprofits and grant writing. The two-year-old summer camp may seem unconventional, but it’s part of a national trend. For many summer camps, canoeing, swim lessons, friendship bracelets, s’mores and singalongs are relics of the past.

The Oakland Tribune

Elementary school alerts kids to college, test scores
A classroom scene at Think College Now, a public elementary school in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, looks like a typical first-grade addition lesson. But to TCN’s principal, David Silver, it is tantamount to SAT prep class.

Alt Weeklies

San Diego CityBeat: Racewalking may look silly, but just try to keep up
Racewalkers are a rare species of exerciser, but when you see one, you’ll know. They swish their hips back and forth like Jessica Rabbit on fast-forward, and their bowlegged, bent-kneed stride makes their legs look like rubber bands.

The Willamette Week: Rogue of the Week: Downtown Made In Oregon Store
The Rogue desk went shopping last week after getting a tip that some jewelry at the downtown Made in Oregon store wasn’t actually “made in Oregon.”