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.
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Californians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana last year, even though it?s still not legal at the federal level. They also gave a green light to entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on a budding commercial market. A conference starting tomorrow in LA gives them a chance to access seed money for those ventures.
Top of the agenda for the L.A. city council after it reconvenes in the New Year; a vote on whether to team up with the county to create a $10 million dollar legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation. Critics say the action thwarts federal immigration law.
On Monday the city and county of L.A. pledged to create a multi-million dollar legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants. Yesterday county leaders took the first concrete step to make it a reality.
We are just a month from Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump's first day as president. When Trump takes office, his senior counselor will be Steve Bannon. Bannon is most famous for his time running the website Breitbart, which he describes as the site as,"the platform of the alt-right." The alt-right is a white nationalist movement re-branded? and it's got the attention of many California educators and students, including one college course taught in San Bernardino.
Within days of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, Los Angeles promised a crackdown on unsafe and un-permitted live and work spaces. A strategy is still in the works.