Jack Detsch


Jack Detsch is a writer, radio journalist, and researcher in Washington, DC.

KALW Public Radio

For NPR affiliate KALW, I recorded several longform radio programs as part of a yearlong fellowship.

In Oakland’s Chinatown, checking in on the new minimum wage (aired on KALW Public Radio: June 24, 2015):

A look at how Oakland businesses handled a 2015 increase in the minimum wage. 


Living wage fight explodes in East Oakland
(aired on KALW Public Radio: March 16, 2015):

Will Oakland's living wage rules deter new businesses from coming into the city? 

Nonprofits struggle to manage Tenderloin’s language barrier (aired on KALW Public Radio: Feb. 25, 2015):

How a soup kitchen in San Francisco's changing Tenderloin district is coping with patrons that don't speak English.  

Monocle 24

For Monocle 24, a round-the-clock radio station focused on international affairs, business, design, and culture based in London, I contribute opinion and commentary with an eye on the state of the nation.

San Francisco on the 4th of July (aired on Monocle 24: July 4, 2014):

Even on Independence Day, San Franciscans find reality, as experienced in the rest of the U.S., to be a rare thing. 

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KQED Public Radio

At KQED, the NPR affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have written dozens of stories for local newscasts. You can read all of the scripts I have written for broadcast here.

Tap to Feed (aired on KQED Public Radio: November 20, 2014):

East Bay Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan are among those pushing to eliminate the fee charged to keep juvenile records sealed.

Juvie Records (aired on KQED Public Radio: May 21, 2014):

East Bay Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan are among those pushing to eliminate the fee charged to keep juvenile records sealed.

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Immigrant Licensing (aired on KQED Public Radio: May 12, 2014):

A bill recently passed by the California State Senate would make it easier for undocumented immigrants to get professional licenses.

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HIV Cuts (prepared for KQED Public Radio: May 8, 2014):

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee agrees to a Board of Supervisors request to backfill $2.7 million in HIV/AIDS services cut from the federal budget.

Children's Hospital-Labor (aired on KQED Public Radio: May 1, 2014):

Unionized interns and residents at Children's Hospital Oakland want a federal mediator to get involved in talks with the hospital which have apparently soured.

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Career Colleges (aired on KQED Public Radio: April 22, 2014):

California's state auditor finds that oversight of private career colleges has not protected students from fraud and deception.

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BART Future Trains (aired on KQED Public Radio: April 17, 2014):

BART unveils its “fleet of the future model train car,” but disabled advocates aren't happy with the design.

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Bay Area Europe (aired on KQED Public Radio: April 15, 2014):

One of the Bay Area’s leading business lobbying groups says the region's ties with Europe are getting stronger.

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Keith Jackson (aired on KQED Public Radio: April 1, 2014):

Keith Jackson, a high profile defendant in the FBI corruption sting that led to State Senator Leland Yee’s arrest appears in federal court. Jackson, a consultant, had established himself as a political heavyweight in San Francisco.

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Tech Bus Vote (aired on KQED Public Radio: April 1, 2014):

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on whether companies like Apple, Google and Facebook can use city bus stops for employee shuttles.

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