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 (126 archives)
A proposal from Democratic State Senator Leland Yee working its way through Sacramento could ease penalties for some juvenile offenders, including those who commit murder. The legislation is inspired by a case out of Riverside involving a 10-year-old boy who shot and killed his father several years ago.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed this week to pay out $13 million to more than a dozen victims of clergy sex abuse. Attorneys for the victims claim Los Angeles and Mexican church leaders also conspired to shield one notorious pedophile priest from authorities.
White House officials met with Governor Jerry Brown and other state and local leaders Thursday in Los Angeles to talk about climate change. It was the first meeting of the president's newly created Climate Change Task Force outside of the White House. The task force is charged with overseeing federal response to floods, wildfires and storms sometimes linked to global warming.
Many Californians are heeding Governor Brown's call to voluntarily reduce water use by taking shorter showers, replacing older toilets and letting the lawn go brown. In some parts of Northern California like Sacramento and Santa Cruz, water officials have imposed rationing -- but not in Southern California. The region may actually be in a position to help other parts of the state.
The youngest city in the state could soon become the first in nearly 50 years to disband. Officials from Jurupa Valley, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, voted Thursday night to begin the process of disincorporation. The Riverside County city incorporated in 2011, just in time for the reallocation of funds between municipalities and the state.