KQED Radio Staff
Los Angeles Bureau Chief, The California Report
Steven joined KQED News in 2012 as its Los Angeles bureau chief. Based in the LA area, Steven covers a vast region from downtown LA to the suburbs of the Inland Empire and beyond. Steven's tenure with KQED actually began 17 years ago as in intern with The California Report. As an independent producer he went on to report stories for The California Report for several years from across Northern and Central California.
Steven then headed to Austin, Texas where he helped establish the first public radio newsroom at KUT in Austin in 2002. He returned to California in 2005 establishing the first Inland Southern California news bureau for NPR affiliate KPCC. Some of his most recent reporting for KPCC included a multi-part series on the labor and economic ramifications of the region's booming warehouse industry and ongoing coverage of San Bernardino's municipal bankruptcy.
In 2009 Steven uncovered evidence of inmate mistreatment at the California Institution for Men in Chino. Steven's reporting triggered an investigation of the Chino state prison by the California Office of the Inspector General.
In 2008 Steven won an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and was named radio journalist of the year by the LA Press Club. He's won numerous other journalism awards from the Radio & Television News Association, the Associated Press and Society for Professional Journalists.
A native San Franciscan, Steven's radio career began as a teenager in the mid-1980s at college music station KUSF in San Francisco.
Stories (203 archives)
Monday is Memorial Day, and this year it marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. military's first major strike against North Vietnam. It was 1965, and by the time war ended, almost 60,000 American troops were dead, many more wounded. A lot of the troops in that war were Latino. But to this day, no one knows exactly how many. We meet a historian in Southern California who's working to change that.
In a 14-1 vote, Los Angeles became the nation's largest city to raise the minimum wage. It'll go from $9 an hour to $15 over the next five years. By one account, the move will give about half of L.A.'s workforce a raise.
Los Angeles County is scrapping a decade-long partnership with federal immigration authorities that aimed to track down and deport undocumented immigrants who've committed serious crimes. The 287g program placed federal agents inside L.A. County's main jail in order to help identify and deport undocumented immigrants. It was meant to target only the most serious crimes, but critics complain the program unfairly ensnared people convicted of relatively minor offenses.
With California now in its fourth consecutive year of extreme drought, tens of thousands of acres of valuable Central Valley farmland are being fallowed. And growers are watching their state water allocations run dry. But water continues to flow freely in rural parts of Southern California, though maybe not for much longer.
Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an historic order mandating that the state cut its water use by 25 percent. That's not an across-the-board cut. While water hogging cities will have to cut their water use by as much as 36 percent, water super-savers like Santa Cruz may barely see any cuts. It's all being hashed out by state regulators right now, who are are expected to finalize the cuts later this week. So who are the state's biggest water hogs, and water savers?