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 (165 archives)
We recently aired a story on this program about a push to close the only commuter train station that connects the desert city of Lancaster to L.A. Lancaster officials claim it's the last stop for scores of homeless people hoping to take advantage of their city's limited public services. But local homeless service providers say the real problem is a gap in county funding for those services and what the city aims to do about it.
The Antelope Valley, about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles, is home to roughly 12 percent of the county's homeless population. Officials from the city of Lancaster claim that number grows by the day because of an alleged migration of train-hopping homeless people. To curb this apparent surge, the city aims to shutter the sole public transit station linking Lancaster to Los Angeles.
Thousands of Mexican immigrants deported from Southern California over the past five years could be allowed to return, under an agreement between federal authorities and the ACLU. The civil rights group sued the feds last year, claiming U.S. border agents used deceptive tactics to get detained immigrants to take so-called "voluntary departure."
The state's chief of community colleges says too many students drop out before they obtain a degree or finish course work needed to transfer to a four-year university. An ambitious new plan aims to reverse that trend.
An Iranian-American immigration judge in Los Angeles is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over a blanket recusal order barring her from hearing cases involving Iranian nationals. It's a case that could have broad implications for federal immigration judges in and out of the courtroom.