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 (173 archives)
Among the new laws approved by California voters, Proposition 47 is likely to have a significant impact on California courts and jails. Prop. 47 reduces some felony drug possession offenses and non-violent property crimes to misdemeanors.
In the city of Lancaster, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, officials are pushing forward with a controversial plan to shutter the only commuter rail station in town.
Federal authorities are routing passengers from West African countries affected by the Ebola virus to one of five airports. None of those airports are in California -- but the state's busiest hub, LAX, is taking precautions anyway.
It took nearly 40 years before voters in the Antelope Valley north of L.A. put a Democrat in the state legislature. Assemblyman Steve Fox is a self-described "conservative" Democrat who won the 36th Assembly seat by a hair two years ago. Republicans are determined to retake the district on Election Day.
A coalition of civil rights groups are suing the Kern County high school district over disciplinary actions they say unfairly target black and Latino students.