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 (158 archives)
The Los Angeles City Council will soon vote on a measure that would charge banks a new fee to pay for inspections of foreclosed properties. That's to improve the city's tracking system that's supposed to crack down on lenders who fail to take care of vacant houses. L.A. remains littered with 4,000 rundown, foreclosed homes, but some say the city has a lot more than that.
Thousands of hockey fans jammed the streets of downtown Los Angeles Monday to celebrate the Kings winning the Stanley Cup. In a fit of irrational exuberance, Mayor Eric Garcetti joked with the crowd to "Never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and never swear." After which, he proceeded to do just that. Mayor Garcetti also got to collect on his bet with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Even before the drought, farmers around California were sucking down the groundwater faster than the environment could keep up. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey reports the practice has caused land in the Coachella Valley to sink up to two feet in some places.
It's estimated more than 4,000 properties in Los Angeles are bank-owned, many of them blighted eyesores crumbling into safety concerns for neighbors. That situation is what a four-year-old foreclosure registry program was supposed to address; leaning on banks to do their duty. But the city controller reports that's just not happening.
People held in federal custody awaiting deportation have no legal right to a public defender -- but they can marry, in some cases. Of course, there are no guarantees the newlyweds will live happily ever after, even if the marriage succeeds in stopping a deportation.