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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 (247 archives)


The California Report | Jan 28, 2016 8:50 AM
L.A. Makes Homeless Count Annual for More Accurate Data

For three days and nights, several thousand volunteers have fanned out across Los Angeles County to get an accurate tally of the county's immense homeless population. Starting this year, the count will now be done annually in the hopes of getting better data.

The California Report | Jan 12, 2016 8:50 AM
As El Nino-Fueled Rains Fall, L.A. Homeless Turn to Alternate Shelters

With heavy winter storms beginning to roll through California, communities are scrambling to keep the homeless dry. Los Angeles County has opened more than half a dozen temporary winter shelters -- but many people would rather stay on the street. Now there's a push to offer alternative refuge.

The California Report | Dec 29, 2015 8:50 AM
Keeping the Rose Bowl Parade Safe

Tens of thousands of people will pack the streets of Pasadena this Friday morning for the 127th parade and afternoon Rose Bowl game. But there?s a few clouds gathered above the parade this year. In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings, the Rose celebration earned special status from the Department of Homeland Security, placing it among the top potential targets for terrorism. Pasadena?s chief of police Phillip Sanchez says that means access to more federal resources to insure public safety.

The California Report | Dec 8, 2015 8:50 AM
Religious Leaders Gather for Interfaith Vigil in San Bernardino

The federal investigation continues into the two shooters responsible for last week's massacre in San Bernardino. Meanwhile, religious leaders from across the region joined together Monday night for an interfaith service to remember the victims of the mass shooting, and to send a message that there is no room for anti-Muslim sentiment in the community.

The California Report | Dec 4, 2015 8:50 AM
Victims of Shooting Memorialized in San Bernardino Vigils

The victims of this week's mass shooting were memorialized Thursday night at a pair of vigils, the largest at a minor league baseball stadium not far from where 14 people were killed at the Inland Regional Center.

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