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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 (266 archives)

The California Report | Sep 12, 2016 8:50 AM
Californians Worry About Poverty, Income Inequality, Poll Finds

A majority of Californians believe poverty is a serious problem - but disagree over what to do about it. That's according to a survey conducted for our California Counts public radio collaboration.

The California Report | Sep 6, 2016 8:50 AM
L.A Takes Aim at Synthetic 'Spice' Drug

The city attorney in Los Angeles is drafting an emergency ordinance aimed at keeping the synthetic drug known as K2 or 'spice' off the streets.

The California Report | Jul 20, 2016 8:50 AM
Trump Campaign Poses Challenges for Spanish-Language Press

Among the throngs of news media gathered in Cleveland for this week's Republican National Convention are many Spanish-language news outlets based in the U.S. Given Donald Trump's incendiary comments about Latino immigrants and Americans of Mexican descent, can he get a fair shake from the Latino press?

The California Report | Jul 13, 2016 8:50 AM
L.A. Voters to Consider Marijuana Tax to Fund Homeless Services

L.A. County voters will get a chance to decide if marijuana should be taxed to help pay for homeless services. The Board of Supervisors entertained putting a parcel or sales tax on the Nov. ballot, but landed on pot instead.

The California Report | Jun 24, 2016 8:50 AM
U.S. Supreme Court's DAPA Decision Could Affect Millions of California Immigrants

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Obama's effort to give protection to millions of undocumented people living in the U.S. yesterday. Obama called the court's 4-to-4 tie a "heartbreaking" setback. The ruling means that a program to expand protections for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children won't go forward. And a program to help parents of kids living here legally to apply for temporary work visas was also blocked.

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