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 (85 archives)
Solar panels have sprouted up all over the sunny spots of California, but for industrial scale projects, there's no beating desert country -- if the price is right. Developers are cheering a decision by Riverside County officials on Tuesday to slash fees on new projects. Riverside could set a new standard for how local communities do business with big solar.
Thousands took to the streets in cities around California on Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that a major immigration overhaul is at hand. We report from festive May Day rallies in downtown Los Angeles and Fresno.
Immigration reform advocates plan to be out on the streets in 14 cities across California on Wednesday, urging Congress to get a move on immigration reform.
Some of the most vocal efforts to prevent employers from hiring undocumented immigrants were led by a coalition of activists from Southern California. They did it with confrontational street protests, armed border patrols and new laws aimed at penalizing undocumented people. But many of their prominent leaders have moved on, leaving behind a fractured movement with diminishing influence over immigration policy locally and across the nation.
Jean Paul Garnier struggles with chronic insomnia, but the Los Angeles musician and sound artist has learned to make it work for him. He creates abstract electronic soundscapes rooted in his own study of sleep. One of them is an eight-hour, work-in-progress he calls a "Sleep Map."