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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 (134 archives)


The California Report | Apr 17, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. Dumps Many Small-Time Haulers Under New Trash Plan

Under a state law designed to reduce waste, California cities and counties are required to cut the amount of trash sent to landfills each year. Los Angeles is already ahead of the curve, and has plans to eliminate even more trash. Under a new law signed this week, the city will be divided into trash collection zones with one hauler in charge of each. That means business could dry up for scores of other garbage collectors now operating in the city.

The California Report | Apr 15, 2014 8:50 AM
Los Angeles Suburb Mourns Student Lost in Bus Crash

More than 1,000 people gathered in El Monte, a working-class suburb south of Los Angeles Monday night to remember Adrian Castro. The 18-year-old high school senior was among those killed in last week's deadly school bus crash near Sacramento.

The California Report | Apr 11, 2014 4:30 PM
Highway Bus Crash Kills 10 in Sacramento Valley

We begin today with the tragic news of a terrible crash involving a charter bus on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the cause of that accident Thursday, which killed 10 people, including five high school students from the Los Angeles area.

The California Report | Apr 10, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. 2020 Commission Releases Recommendations for Revitalization

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first state of the city address tonight, where he'll set out his priorities and plans. The speech comes just a day after business and labor leaders issued a list of suggestions for revitalizing the city.

The California Report | Mar 28, 2014 8:50 AM
Registry Helps Track Missing Children with Special Needs

The city of Hemet, east of L.A., has established a special registry for missing children with special needs. The system was launched at the urging of Councilwoman Shellie Milne, who has a son with Down Syndrome.

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