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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 (277 archives)


The California Report | Feb 21, 2017 8:50 AM
What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for L.A.'s Olympic Bid?

Earlier this month, Los Angeles submitted its final bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The city spent months on a pitch that officials say limits taxpayer liability and takes advantage of sports venues across the region. But there's anxiety over what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the city's chances.

The California Report | Feb 16, 2017 8:50 AM
Carl's Jr. CEO Puzder Withdraws Nomination for Labor Secretary

President Trump's nominee for labor secretary is officially out of the running. Andrew Puzder came into his own as chief of the Southern California-based fast food chain Carl's Jr. And he took the company way beyond its humble hotdog cart origins. But along the way he was dogged by controversy over how he treated workers and some personal scandals.

The California Report | Feb 6, 2017 8:50 AM
Homeless Service Providers Urge Feds to Keep HUD Funds Flowing

Volunteers in cities across California are tallying numbers of their region's homeless population. Results of recent counts are required by the federal government, and tied to the amount of federal dollars a city receives to combat homelessness. Homeless advocates in L.A., San Francisco and other cities are watching closely to see if President Trump's selection to run the nation's housing department will help or hurt those efforts.

The California Report | Jan 30, 2017 8:50 AM
Anger Over Trump Ban Stirs Protests at L.A. Airport

Hundreds of people jammed L.A. International Airport yesterday for a second day of protest over President Donald Trump's executive action restricting travel from seven Muslim majority countries. Attorneys meanwhile have been working around the clock inside the airport advocating on behalf of those being denied entry.

The California Report | Jan 26, 2017 8:50 AM
L.A. Leaders Promise to Uphold Sanctuary City Policies

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to withhold some federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities. That includes big cities like San Francisco and tiny cities like the 1.17 square mile town of Maywood in Southern California. Los Angeles is also a sanctuary city, and last night the city of L.A. convened the first public meeting of a Committee on Immigrant Affairs, formed in response to Donald Trump's election.

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