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 (271 archives)
With all eyes on a new president-elect, there's less attention on the one about to exit. But one Los Angeles comic artist is commemorating the Obama White House with a new book, through the eyes of the Obama family's dog, Bo. "Looking for America's Dog" collects the best of Steven Weissman's whimsical and darkly funny online political comic strips.
There are a host of punk bands that are mostly unheard of outside of Latino communities in East and South L.A. But that's where they flourish in secret backyard and warehouse shows. The scene -- and the Latino kids behind it --are the focus of the new documentary film, "Los Punks: We Are All We Have."
Democrats in the state won resounding victories on election day, sending a new Senator to Washington, and potentially winning super majorities in the state legislature. Yet, the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency dampened those parties with the delicacy of a basement flood.
It's almost three years to the day that a man went on a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA officer. Paul Ciancia has been sentenced to life in federal prison. LAX has spent more than $2 million on security and surveillance upgrades following the 2013 attack.
Polling suggests California voters are ready to just say yes to legalizing recreational marijuana with Proposition 64. Arizona and Nevada have similar measures on the ballot. Passage could mean big money for pot entrepreneurs.