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)
The victims of this week's mass shooting were memorialized Thursday night at a pair of vigils, the largest at a minor league baseball stadium not far from where 14 people were killed at the Inland Regional Center.
Law enforcement officials continue to work around the clock investigating the rampage that left 14 dead and more than a dozen wounded in San Bernardino on Wednesday. Authorities have identified the two suspects who were later shot and killed in a shootout with law enforcement.
Under Proposition 47 passed last year, more than 700,000 convicted felons in L.A. County are eligible to have their non-violent crimes downgraded to misdemeanors. But fewer than 50,000 have applied, leaving the rest unable to access a host of rehab services. An ordinance approved Tuesday by L.A. County supervisors aims to help eligible felons connect with legal aid, job help and other services.
With winter weather and a possible El Nino approaching, the L.A. City Council approved a series of measures to help the homeless. The measures include using some public facilities for temporary emergency housing, adding more storage units, and creating a "homeless czar." The council also endorsed a plan to dedicate $100 million to improving the city's homeless services, though it's yet to identify just where the money will come from.
It's time for our series "Big Think," where the concept is that Californians have led the world with their big ideas, and we want you to share yours. In this installment, we look at using digital mapping to better understand and shape our future.