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 (114 archives)
The latest round of rallies over living wages for fast food workers has Americans talking seriously about the idea. Sacramento, Santa Monica and more than 120 other cities and counties already require some employers to pay a wage that covers the cost of essentials. San Francisco requires all employers to. The protests raise many questions about the potential effects of a pay hike.
Next to tax law, immigration law is arguably the most complex realm of our legal system. Yet very few people being held in immigration detention are represented by an attorney - usually because they can't afford one. Detainees do have access to a range of legal resources while in custody. But critics say it's not nearly enough to mount a reasonable defense against deportation.
The gourmet food truck craze was hot-wired back in 2008 by a then out-of-work chef from Los Angeles. Roy Choi transformed the L.A. food world with his fleet of Kogi taco trucks. He writes about his tumultuous road trip to food celebrity in his new book, "L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food."
Voters sent a powerful message to San Bernardino City Hall this week. A controversial city attorney got recalled. So did a couple of council members. The shakeup comes amid a crippling bankruptcy, mounting corruption charges and cuts to vital public services. But there also seems to be a renewed optimism in the troubled city.
A long running corruption case in the city of Bell, near Los Angeles, is drawing to a close with the trial of Angela Spaccia, a former assistant to ousted city manager Robert Rizzo. Rizzo was the alleged mastermind of a scheme that drained millions of dollars from city coffers and led to the conviction of five city leaders. Now Bell is under new management, and it's adopting a high tech approach to clean government.