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.
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White House officials met with Governor Jerry Brown and other state and local leaders Thursday in Los Angeles to talk about climate change. It was the first meeting of the president's newly created Climate Change Task Force outside of the White House. The task force is charged with overseeing federal response to floods, wildfires and storms sometimes linked to global warming.
Many Californians are heeding Governor Brown's call to voluntarily reduce water use by taking shorter showers, replacing older toilets and letting the lawn go brown. In some parts of Northern California like Sacramento and Santa Cruz, water officials have imposed rationing -- but not in Southern California. The region may actually be in a position to help other parts of the state.
The youngest city in the state could soon become the first in nearly 50 years to disband. Officials from Jurupa Valley, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, voted Thursday night to begin the process of disincorporation. The Riverside County city incorporated in 2011, just in time for the reallocation of funds between municipalities and the state.
An Orange County jury has acquitted two former Fullerton police officers in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man two years ago. After the verdict, about 80 protesters gathered at the Fullerton Transportation Center where the incident happened to light candles and carry signs saying things like "No More Killer Cops." The two officers still face a civil lawsuit, but the criminal case is over.
State lawmakers in Sacramento are keeping one eye cocked toward Los Angeles, where opening arguments started in a trial involving their colleague Senator Roderick Wright. The Democrat from Inglewood is charged with perjury and voter fraud.