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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 (248 archives)


The California Report | May 26, 2016 8:50 AM
Riot Police, Pinata Effigies Mark Donald Trump Rally in Anaheim

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump returned to California on Wednesday to rally supporters in Orange County. It's the first stop in a two-day swing through the state. And there are still many people who have a lot of mixed feelings about the candidate.

The California Report | May 4, 2016 8:50 AM
L.A. County's 1,200 Youth Offenders Get Reprieve From Solitary Confinement

Los Angeles County agreed to stop putting young lawbreakers in solitary confinement on Tuesday. It's part of a national trend to halt the practice.

The California Report | Apr 27, 2016 8:50 AM
LA County OK's Ordinance to Enforce Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is going up in the city and county of L.A. in two months. It's part of a plan to kick hourly pay up to $15 over the next four years. Now officials are moving forward with plans for how to enforce higher wages.

The California Report | Apr 15, 2016 4:30 PM
San Bernardino Struggles to Remain 'SB Strong' in the Face of Rising Violence

Four months ago, all eyes were on San Bernardino after 14 people were gunned down in a terrorist attack. Mourners filled a baseball stadium. Media flocked in from across the globe. But nobody's paid much attention to the 17 other people killed on the streets of San Bernardino in the first three months of this year. That's more than double the number of homicides this time last year -- pretty gruesome stats for a city of just over 200,000 people.

The California Report | Apr 8, 2016 4:30 PM
L.A. Stage Drama Journeys to the Heart of Child Immigrant Crisis

The real-life drama around the crisis of unaccompanied teens and kids crossing into the U.S. has now inspired a stage drama, in a pretty unusual setting. We visit Los Angeles' Lincoln Park for a preview.

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