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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 (188 archives)


The California Report | Mar 4, 2015 8:50 AM
Police Body Cameras No Guarantee of Public Transparency

California legislators discussed body cameras for police at a hearing at the state capital Tuesday. Those cameras have become a focal point in the recent deadly police shooting of a man on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Amateur video of the shooting went viral online. In fact, two of the officers involved also captured the incident on their body cameras -- but the footage may not be made public.

The California Report | Mar 2, 2015 8:50 AM
New Consulate Marks Surging Guatemalan Population in Inland Empire

For years, Guatemalan immigrants in Southern California had just one consulate they could go to for services. It's in Los Angeles, even though the Southland is home to the largest number of Guatemalans outside Central America. A second consulate opens later this month about 70 miles east of L.A., in the San Bernardino area.

The California Report | Feb 18, 2015 8:50 AM
Immigration Activists Protest Court-Ordered Halt to Apply for Deportation Protection

Today was supposed to be the day when as many as five million undocumented immigrants could start applying for protection from deportation and for work permits. That plan was halted by a federal court decision. Dozens of immigrants and their supporters responded with protests on the steps of LA City Hall yesterday.

The California Report | Feb 13, 2015 8:50 AM
Homeland Security Chief Visits L.A. Ahead of Expanded Immigration Protections

Millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S can start applying for expanded legal protections starting next week. On Thursday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke to some of them in Los Angeles.

The California Report | Feb 11, 2015 8:50 AM
Major Southern California Water Importer Considers Cut

Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said it could cut the water supply to some 19 million Southern Californians. The agency will make a decision in April on whether it will slash water deliveries beginning in July.

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