Claire Trageser

Multimedia Journalist

TV & Radio

I record and edit my own stories regularly for NPR, KQED’s The California Report and The Runner’s World Show. I also have a day job at KPBS. A few examples are below.


California Moves To Require Boat Licenses Due To Safety Concerns
A handful of states don’t require licenses to operate recreational motor boats. It’s a major safety concern in California, but now, the state is about to begin permitting boaters.

Cash-Strapped Seniors Turn To Assisted Living Centers In Mexico
Some seniors are moving to Mexico for assisted living care. Costs at these facilities are much cheaper, but family members worry about the distance and their loved one’s access to medical care.

San Diego Is Now Hiring: Civic Organist
San Diego is looking for someone to play the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Musical repertoire must range from Bach to David Bowie. San Diego is one of two U.S. cities with a civic organist.

Conservationists Review Efforts To Restore California’s Bighorn Sheep
This time of year, the endangered bighorn sheep of Southern California gather at desert watering holes. Conservationists use these huddles to see how efforts to restore the population are going.

San Diego Takes Unlikely Approach To Outlaw Synthetic Drug ‘Spice’
San Diego is working with scientists to find out what the drug does to the brain and making any substance with that effect illegal.

San Diego Mulls Whether To Let City, Not Utility, Buy Alternative Energy
Everybody’s on board with the goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy now, but there could be trouble brewing on the horizon.

Jack Johnstone, Creator Of The Triathlon, Dies At 80
Sometimes you try a thing and then it becomes an event at the Olympics. OK, so maybe that’s not very common, but it is Jack Johnstone’s story.

San Diego Stumped On How To Stop The Stink
Sea lion poop is frustrating residents in the San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla who pay top dollar for their ocean views.

Delta Beta Om: Buddha Comes To San Diego’s Greek System
A group at San Diego State University says they’re trying to strike a balance by starting a Buddhist fraternity and sorority.

Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance
The largest fish farm in America could be built 4 miles off San Diego’s coast. Backers say the U.S. needs it to produce more seafood, but environmentalists have concerns.

San Diego Installed Public Loos, But Now They’re Flush With Problems
Portland Loos have been popping up from Seattle to Cincinnati to Montreal. But they’re also creating cost overruns and complaints about crime.

San Diego Homeowners Rip Up Their Lawns in Exchange for Rebates
The massive California drought means homeowners are coming to terms with the fact that water used on their lawns is water wasted.

California Cities Struggle to Enforce Mandatory Water Restrictions
Amid a historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state to cut back its water use by 25 percent. But while San Diego already had its own water conservation rules, it’s still struggling to enforce them.

Gay Republican Hasn’t Won Fans In LGBT Community
Carl DeMaio’s campaign shows the fine line gay Republican candidates have to walk. LGBT groups point out that DeMaio hasn’t stood up for gay rights. He also can’t be too outspoken and risk upsetting socially conservative voters.

Coaching First-Generation Students Through College
One-third of college students are the first in their families to enroll in college. But few of them graduate within six years, according to the Department of Education. One program is working to change that, one student at a time.

Ardent Atheists Spread Their Reverence For Disbelief
Many religions seek converts, but why would atheists care whether others believe in God? A group of San Diego atheists set up an outreach booth because they think the world would be better off with less dogma.

From Lab To Lectern, Scientists Learn To Turn On the Charm
Science isn’t known as a career that attracts showboats, but scientists still must be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. A public speaking group in San Diego trains scientists to be the center of attention.

These Stormtroopers’ Galactic Mission: Comic-Con
Like Civil War reenactors from this galaxy, the 501st Stormtrooper Legion’s costuming requirements are strict. To be accepted into the Stormtrooper ranks, a new recruit’s armor must have every stripe perfectly painted, every button and divot perfectly placed.

The California Report

How a Police Shooting Is Catalyzing Political Change in El Cajon
In El Cajon, the recent police shooting of an unarmed black man catalyzed political change that was already underway there.

San Diego Congressional Race a Dead Heat
The race between Democratic incumbent Rep. Scott Peters and Republican former City Councilman Carl DeMaio in San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District has attracted national attention and money.

Bumper Year for Referendums Could Be New Normal in San Diego Politics
San Diego was on its way to becoming one of several major cities to increase its minimum wage last year. But the wage hike has been delayed by a local referendum put on the June 2016 ballot by business groups.

The Runner’s World Show

Running With a Baby
Moms and moms-to-be talk running with babies, from the daily challenges to the awesome moments that can occur. (43:07)

Love on the Run
The art and the luck of finding someone to run with, with help from our listeners and a few RW staffers. (42:39)

Running Thoughts
What do you think about when you run? It turns out, our random ponderings might have scientific value. (41:49)

Why Mortals Need Coaches
Should mortal runners ever consider getting a coach? Yep. And contributing producer Claire Trageser explains why. (15:04)


In Low Voting San Diego Neighborhood, Refugee Groups Want 100% Turnout
The City Heights neighborhood has historically had the lowest voter turnout in San Diego, but some refugees are bucking that trend.

Police Sergeant’s Work with the Homeless Coming To An End
For 15 years, San Diego police Sgt. Rick Schnell’s other reality has been among the city’s homeless.

San Diegans Remember World’s First Triathlon 40 Years Ago — At Mission Bay
How often does someone’s idea for a fun workout turn into an Olympic event? That’s exactly what happened for two San Diegans, who put on the first ever triathlon right here in Mission Bay.

Teens On Probation Run Through Problems At San Diego’s Reflections Central
Teens on probation joined a running club to train for races, and are exceeding everyone’s expectations. Even their own.

Two Stories Of Impact From San Diego’s Minimum Wage Increase
The lives of two people who will be impacted by the increase in San Diego’s minimum wage in very different ways.

The Man Behind Kensington’s Sidewalk Paintings
Kensington’s sidewalks are a patchwork of brightly colored paintings and they’re all the work of one man: Bernard Muhammad.