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.
Stories (165 archives)
You might say California politics are full of Shakespearean drama, with a history full of power grabs, betrayal and fatally flawed leaders. Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theatre is taking that idea to a new level. The community theater troupe re-imagines the magic realism of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" as a parable steeped in California politics, agriculture and the hunger that drives so many Californians.
The nation's largest Latino advocacy group, the National Council of La Raza, wraps up its annual conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Immigration was a hot topic at the gathering, but so was the economy. The council released a survey quizzing 500 registered Latino voters about job security, housing and personal finances. Over half of respondents said they're worried someone in their household may lose their job.
Thirty-eight women and children from Honduras were flown back to that country on Monday. United States immigration officials say it's just the first in a series of "expedited deportations" of Central Americans fleeing gang violence and desperate poverty. But given that the situation there is not improving, advocates for the children in the U.S. are exhausting every legal avenue to keep immigrants here.
A group of state lawmakers got their first peek inside a makeshift federal detention center in Ventura County, where more than 500 undocumented teenagers are being held. The kids are among thousands of people who've crossed into the U.S. in recent months.
Protesters in the town of Murrieta, upset with the federal government's diversion of undocumented immigrants for processing there, appear to have stopped the program, for now. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had been sending about 300 immigrants a week to Murrieta to relieve pressure on border stations in the wake of a recent immigration surge. While it's not clear what happens next, the pause provides some relief for non-profit groups and churches who've been helping the area absorb the influx.