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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 (193 archives)


The California Report | Feb 4, 2015 8:50 AM
Long Beach Budget Squeezed by Falling Oil Prices

Seven straight months of falling oil prices and cheaper gas is great news for motorists. But some cities across the state are getting squeezed by falling oil prices.

The California Report | Jan 30, 2015 4:30 PM
Feedback Mixed Over Guitar Maker Fender's Move to Online Sales

Fender guitars are synonymous with the creation and evolution of rock 'n' roll. Now, the Southern California guitar maker is pioneering a move into the online world and selling directly to customers through its website. But that has some people pretty worried.

The California Report | Jan 29, 2015 8:50 AM
Results of L.A. Homeless Count Will Guide Federal Spending

Volunteers are fanning out in cities across California and the U.S. this week for a head count of the nation's homeless population. In Los Angeles County, the three-day effort involves thousands of people searching over 4,000 square miles. How many homeless people are counted will help determine where federal dollars are spent.

The California Report | Jan 20, 2015 8:50 AM
Deportation Relief Opens Door for Scams Targeting Immigrants

President Obama is expected to highlight his executive action on immigration in Tuesday night's State of the Union Address. Here in California, that action could give deportation relief to as many as 1.5 million undocumented immigrants. That's got authorities and advocates warning that these immigrants could be targets of scams as they seek legal advice. Such scams can cost immigrants thousands of dollars and put them at greater risk of deportation.

The California Report | Jan 16, 2015 8:50 AM
Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

Some call Junipero Serra the father of modern-day California, in part because he founded the string of missions that dot the coast. Serra is also becoming a saint, arguably California's first. Pope Francis said Thursday he'll canonize the Franciscan priest when he visits the U.S. later this year. The Pope called Serra a "holy man" -- but that's not how many Native Americans see him.

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