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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 (293 archives)


The California Report | Apr 25, 2017 8:50 AM
10 Years After Housing Crash, Families Finally Making It on 'Dream Street'

When the U.S. housing market collapsed about 10 years ago, the carnage was especially severe in Southern California's Inland Empire. Back then home building was booming, fueled in part by risky home loans. You know what happened next; foreclosures, thousands of them. Every street could tell a story. Today we visit one, near San Bernardino to kick off a series examining how the crisis is still affecting people and communities today.

The California Report | Mar 21, 2017 8:50 AM
Mayors Organize 'Day of Immigration Action'

Mayors across the country are speaking out today on behalf of immigrants as part of the Cities Day of Immigration Action organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The California Report | Mar 17, 2017 4:30 PM
'Building the Wall' Imagines Post-Trump Dystopia

Let's step into a time machine and head to 2019. President Trump may or may not still be the president. His immigration orders have been carried out -- to an extreme. And at least one person is paying the price. That's the backdrop of playwright Robert Schenkkan's "Building the Wall," which has its world premiere this weekend in Hollywood. The play is also breaking down some walls in American theater.

The California Report | Mar 3, 2017 8:50 AM
L.A. Faith Leaders Join Effort to Create 'Underground Railroad' for Undocumented Immigrants

In the 1980s a sanctuary movement sprang up across the United States to shield Central American refugees from deportation. A similar movement with roots in California is forming today.

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.

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