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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 (173 archives)

The California Report | Oct 2, 2014 8:50 AM
Law Grants Landlords New Power to Remove Squatters

New state legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this week aims to force unwanted tenants from vacant properties. The measure was inspired in part by complaints from homeowners throughout California that illegal squatters have vandalized their houses, driving some to foreclose on properties or keep them off the market.

The California Report | Sep 25, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. City Council Approves Minimum Wage Boost for Hotel Workers

The Los Angeles City Council yesterday voted in favor of boosting the minimum wage for hotel workers to just over $15 an hour. Business leaders say the wage hike could lead to layoffs and higher room rates.

The California Report | Sep 24, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. City Council to Vote on Higher Minimum Wage for Hotel Workers

Today, the L.A. city council will vote on whether to boost the minimum wage for hotel workers. If approved, the lowest paid hotel employees will earn more than $15 an hour.

The California Report | Sep 22, 2014 8:50 AM
Lancaster Grapples with L.A. County Over How to Serve Homeless Population

We recently aired a story on this program about a push to close the only commuter train station that connects the desert city of Lancaster to L.A. Lancaster officials claim it's the last stop for scores of homeless people hoping to take advantage of their city's limited public services. But local homeless service providers say the real problem is a gap in county funding for those services and what the city aims to do about it.

The California Report | Sep 11, 2014 8:50 AM
Citing Homeless Infusion, Lancaster Officials Move to Shutter Metrolink Station

The Antelope Valley, about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles, is home to roughly 12 percent of the county's homeless population. Officials from the city of Lancaster claim that number grows by the day because of an alleged migration of train-hopping homeless people. To curb this apparent surge, the city aims to shutter the sole public transit station linking Lancaster to Los Angeles.

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