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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 (156 archives)


The California Report | Jun 12, 2014 8:50 AM
Groundwater Pumping Causing Land to Sink in Coachella Valley

Even before the drought, farmers around California were sucking down the groundwater faster than the environment could keep up. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey reports the practice has caused land in the Coachella Valley to sink up to two feet in some places.

The California Report | Jun 5, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. Program Failing to Enforce Upkeep of Foreclosed Homes

It's estimated more than 4,000 properties in Los Angeles are bank-owned, many of them blighted eyesores crumbling into safety concerns for neighbors. That situation is what a four-year-old foreclosure registry program was supposed to address; leaning on banks to do their duty. But the city controller reports that's just not happening.

The California Report | May 30, 2014 4:30 PM
Despite Deportation Detention, Marriages Go On

People held in federal custody awaiting deportation have no legal right to a public defender -- but they can marry, in some cases. Of course, there are no guarantees the newlyweds will live happily ever after, even if the marriage succeeds in stopping a deportation.

The California Report | May 26, 2014 8:50 AM
Remembering Riverside's Military Heritage on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day thousands of people will visit Riverside National Cemetery, to lay flowers at gravesides and honor military veterans, living and dead. The cemetery is among the places depicted in "Wild Blue Yonder" -- a photo and oral history project from Riverside novelist Susan Straight that celebrates the deep ties between Inland Southern California and the U.S. military.

The California Report | May 23, 2014 4:30 PM
Remembering Riverside's Military Heritage on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day thousands of people will visit Riverside National Cemetery, to lay flowers at gravesides and honor military veterans, living and dead. The cemetery is among the places depicted in "Wild Blue Yonder" -- a photo and oral history project from Riverside novelist Susan Straight that celebrates the deep ties between Inland Southern California and the U.S. military.

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