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 (175 archives)
The Posada is a Mexican and Guatemalan Christmas tradition steeped in faith, community and celebration. It typically involves a procession that re-enacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter, followed by a big street party. But every December at the southern tip of San Diego County along the U.S.-Mexico border, and under the watchful eye of border agents, the Posada takes on a different form. People from across California, Mexico and a few other parts of the globe make a Posada pilgrimage to an area along the reinforced border fence.
There's a Mexican Christmas tradition called a Posada that usually involves a festive street procession re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for shelter. But the celebration takes on a different form at the southern tip of San Diego County along the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the watchful of eye of the U.S. Border Patrol, people on both sides of the reinforced security fence meet to sing carols, share news and hold tearful reunions.
When an experimental passenger spacecraft called Space Ship Two crashed during a test flight in the Mojave Desert back in October, attention focused on the company behind it: Virgin Galactic. Less attention was given to the small community of Mojave, population 4,500, where Space Ship Two was born. A growing number of young rocket scientists and entrepreneurs are slowly transforming this remote desert outpost into a space industry boomtown.
The state's biggest storm in five years is now marching south. In Glendora, east of Los Angeles, residents near hillsides bare from a recent wildfire are bracing for mudslides. In Northern California, the much-needed rain brought flooding and power outages.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti is calling for the city's most earthquake prone buildings to undergo major seismic retrofits. The Resilience by Design plan calls for seismic improvements to thousands of L.A. buildings within the next 5 to 25 years.