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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 (289 archives)


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.

The California Report | Feb 16, 2017 8:50 AM
Carl's Jr. CEO Puzder Withdraws Nomination for Labor Secretary

President Trump's nominee for labor secretary is officially out of the running. Andrew Puzder came into his own as chief of the Southern California-based fast food chain Carl's Jr. And he took the company way beyond its humble hotdog cart origins. But along the way he was dogged by controversy over how he treated workers and some personal scandals.

The California Report | Feb 6, 2017 8:50 AM
Homeless Service Providers Urge Feds to Keep HUD Funds Flowing

Volunteers in cities across California are tallying numbers of their region's homeless population. Results of recent counts are required by the federal government, and tied to the amount of federal dollars a city receives to combat homelessness. Homeless advocates in L.A., San Francisco and other cities are watching closely to see if President Trump's selection to run the nation's housing department will help or hurt those efforts.

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