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 (278 archives)
We are just a month from Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump's first day as president. When Trump takes office, his senior counselor will be Steve Bannon. Bannon is most famous for his time running the website Breitbart, which he describes as the site as,"the platform of the alt-right." The alt-right is a white nationalist movement re-branded? and it's got the attention of many California educators and students, including one college course taught in San Bernardino.
Within days of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, Los Angeles promised a crackdown on unsafe and un-permitted live and work spaces. A strategy is still in the works.
With all eyes on a new president-elect, there's less attention on the one about to exit. But one Los Angeles comic artist is commemorating the Obama White House with a new book, through the eyes of the Obama family's dog, Bo. "Looking for America's Dog" collects the best of Steven Weissman's whimsical and darkly funny online political comic strips.
There are a host of punk bands that are mostly unheard of outside of Latino communities in East and South L.A. But that's where they flourish in secret backyard and warehouse shows. The scene -- and the Latino kids behind it --are the focus of the new documentary film, "Los Punks: We Are All We Have."
Democrats in the state won resounding victories on election day, sending a new Senator to Washington, and potentially winning super majorities in the state legislature. Yet, the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency dampened those parties with the delicacy of a basement flood.