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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 (291 archives)


The California Report | Jun 1, 2017 8:50 AM
Los Angeles Program Helps Former Inmates Get Jobs

Men and women who've served time in jail or state prison often have a hard time landing a job when they return to the community. Sometimes their skills are rusty or employers are leery of hiring them. But one program at Los Angeles Trade Tech College is helping former inmates beat the odds with hands-on training.

The California Report | May 19, 2017 4:30 PM
30 Years On, U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Still Draws Fans to Edge of Death Valley

We take a trip back in time, and into the California desert. This year marks the 30th anniversary of U2's landmark album "The Joshua Tree." It's an album that probably wouldn?t have sounded the same without the influence of the American West. It sure would've looked a lot different. The album's iconic black and white photos were shot in Death Valley. The mysterious location of one photo in particular has become a kind of secret pilgrimage site for U2 fans. We set out to find it.

The California Report | May 12, 2017 8:50 AM
Companies That Work on Trump's Wall Could Have Trouble in L.A.

Companies that work on President Trump's proposed border wall could find it tougher to do business in Los Angeles.

The California Report | May 5, 2017 8:50 AM
Trump's 'Religious Freedom' Order Gets Mixed Reaction in Southern California

Houses of worship may have an easier time mixing faith and politics under president Trump's new executive order on 'religious freedom.' The move is drawing mixed reaction from religious leaders in the Southland.

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