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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 (291 archives)


The California Report | Mar 17, 2017 4:30 PM
'Building the Wall' Imagines Post-Trump Dystopia

Let's step into a time machine and head to 2019. President Trump may or may not still be the president. His immigration orders have been carried out -- to an extreme. And at least one person is paying the price. That's the backdrop of playwright Robert Schenkkan's "Building the Wall," which has its world premiere this weekend in Hollywood. The play is also breaking down some walls in American theater.

The California Report | Mar 3, 2017 8:50 AM
L.A. Faith Leaders Join Effort to Create 'Underground Railroad' for Undocumented Immigrants

In the 1980s a sanctuary movement sprang up across the United States to shield Central American refugees from deportation. A similar movement with roots in California is forming today.

The California Report | Feb 24, 2017 8:50 AM
L.A. Catholic Leaders Resist Trump Immigration Crackdowns

Immigration was a major theme during the first day of the annual Religious Education Congress. Our L.A. Bureau Chief Steven Cuevas sat down with auxiliary bishop Michael O'Connell, who will be leading a forum, in Spanish, on how the Archdiocese is responding to President Trump's executive orders that aim to dramatically increase the deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

The California Report | Feb 23, 2017 8:50 AM
Sen. Harris Worried DACA Protections Won't Last

California Senator Kamala Harris says she's unable to get confirmation that President Trump's latest directive calling for increased deportations won't also target 'Dreamers' at some point in the future. There are over 200,000 DACA recipients in California alone. The Trump administration's memo this week on immigration enforcement states that the DACA program remains in effect.

The California Report | Feb 21, 2017 8:50 AM
What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for L.A.'s Olympic Bid?

Earlier this month, Los Angeles submitted its final bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The city spent months on a pitch that officials say limits taxpayer liability and takes advantage of sports venues across the region. But there's anxiety over what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the city's chances.

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