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 (238 archives)
Even before it came online last year, the massive Ivanpah solar facility in Southern California's Mojave Desert was touted by its supporters -- from then-Gov. Schwarzenegger to President Obama -- as the gold standard for clean energy projects. But in a recent editorial, the Riverside Press Enterprise calls Ivanpah a "clean energy bait and switch" -- one that's taken thousands of acres of public land and over $1 billion in federal loan guarantees. But it may not be nearly as environmentally friendly as promised.
Earlier this month, Southern California got hit by heavy rains that triggered huge mudslides that closed Interstate 5. It was an early look at what could happen if El Nino really hits California this year. How to prevent such catastrophes was the topic of a state senate committee hearing near Los Angeles on Wednesday.
On any given night in downtown L.A.'s Skid Row, a few thousand people sleep on the streets or in shelters. But a lot of those people have no ties to Los Angeles. They come from communities across region, suburbs and cities that often lack the resources and the will to aid their own homeless.
A scorching fall heat wave has Southern California firefighters keeping an anxious eye on drought-parched hillsides. The heat wave, combined with the unseen threat of Santa Ana winds on top of four years of drought have firefighters worried over potentially devastating wildfires -- and L.A. County is beefing up firefighting resources.
October can be peak wildfire season for parts of Southern California. But it's not the only worry. The potential of heavy El Nino winter storms has emergency planners acting now to make sure some of the region?s most vulnerable residents stay safe.