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 (246 archives)
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.
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 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.
In the mid-1980s, the crack cocaine epidemic raged in South Los Angeles. Deadly gang warfare bloodied the streets. But these murders were different: young black women, killed in the same manner and dumped on the streets. By 1988, the murders appeared to stop. Around 15 years later, they resumed, inspiring L.A. Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek to nickname the killer the Grim Sleeper. Pelisek also broke the story behind the investigation that eventually led police to a retired sanitation worker named Lonnie Franklin Jr. He's now accused of murdering at least nine women and a teenage girl in South L.A. between 1985 and 2007. We talked to Pelisek outside the L.A. Criminal Courts building, where she?s covering the trial for People Magazine. She says the victims seemed to have a lot in common. A warning; some listeners might find portions of this interview disturbing.
A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the sale of the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The sale of two of the Southland's biggest dailies went through after another deal with the owner of the L.A. Times was blocked.