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Steven Cuevas

Steven Cuevas

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 (152 archives)


The California Report | Jul 9, 2014 8:50 AM
Latino Lawmakers Visit Makeshift Immigration Detention Facility

A group of state lawmakers got their first peek inside a makeshift federal detention center in Ventura County, where more than 500 undocumented teenagers are being held. The kids are among thousands of people who've crossed into the U.S. in recent months.

The California Report | Jul 8, 2014 8:50 AM
In Murrieta, Non-Profits Help Absorb Influx of Undocumented Immigrants

Protesters in the town of Murrieta, upset with the federal government's diversion of undocumented immigrants for processing there, appear to have stopped the program, for now. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had been sending about 300 immigrants a week to Murrieta to relieve pressure on border stations in the wake of a recent immigration surge. While it's not clear what happens next, the pause provides some relief for non-profit groups and churches who've been helping the area absorb the influx.

The California Report | Jul 3, 2014 8:50 AM
Southern California Town Becomes Flashpoint of Immigration Crisis

Murrieta, north of San Diego, has become an unexpected flashpoint over illegal immigration. Earlier this week, protesters in Murrieta blocked a convoy of buses carrying immigrants from overcrowded facilities in south Texas to a U.S. border office here. But more immigrants are on their way -- and at a town hall meeting Wednesday, hundreds of residents vowed to keep pushing them back.

The California Report | Jul 2, 2014 8:50 AM
Coming Soon to L.A.: A Farmers Market for Pot

Californians love their farmers markets, and the concept of farm-to-table is all the rage. Now, a cannabis collective in Los Angeles hopes to capitalize on the enthusiasm with the city's first-ever farmers market for medical marijuana. It'll work like any other farmers market -- but all customers must be California medical marijuana patients with valid identification.

The California Report | Jun 26, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. Foreclosure Registry Struggles to Keep Track of Vacant Homes

The Los Angeles City Council will soon vote on a measure that would charge banks a new fee to pay for inspections of foreclosed properties. That's to improve the city's tracking system that's supposed to crack down on lenders who fail to take care of vacant houses. L.A. remains littered with 4,000 rundown, foreclosed homes, but some say the city has a lot more than that.

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