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.
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The federal government shutdown is about to enter its second week with no resolution in sight. Some furloughed government workers might have enjoyed having a day or two off. But the impact is starting to have consequences big and small -- especially in California military communities.
California's active-duty military personnel are not being furloughed. They're considered essential to the country's defense and will remain on duty with full pay. But thousands of civilian employees who work alongside those troops have been furloughed. And that's impacting life in and around two of the biggest military bases in Southern California.
What does the government shutdown mean for some 250,000 federal workers living in California? It's not entirely clear. The president has said Yosemite will be closed, while the Post Office will continue to deliver and air traffic controllers are staying in their towers. Federal immigration courts remain open, but support staff will be furloughed and caseloads will shrink.
Researchers at the Pew Research Center examined U.S. Census numbers in six states with the largest numbers of undocumented people. California tops that list with about 2.5 million, a pretty big drop from 2007 when about 2.8 million unauthorized residents lived here. But after a few years of decline, the state's undocumented population has been holding steady over the past two years.
Production of adult films in Southern California is set to resume later this week. It was stopped earlier this month after several actors tested positive for HIV.