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Steven Cuevas

Steven Cuevas

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 (154 archives)


The California Report | Jul 2, 2014 8:50 AM
Coming Soon to L.A.: A Farmers Market for Pot

Californians love their farmers markets, and the concept of farm-to-table is all the rage. Now, a cannabis collective in Los Angeles hopes to capitalize on the enthusiasm with the city's first-ever farmers market for medical marijuana. It'll work like any other farmers market -- but all customers must be California medical marijuana patients with valid identification.

The California Report | Jun 26, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. Foreclosure Registry Struggles to Keep Track of Vacant Homes

The Los Angeles City Council will soon vote on a measure that would charge banks a new fee to pay for inspections of foreclosed properties. That's to improve the city's tracking system that's supposed to crack down on lenders who fail to take care of vacant houses. L.A. remains littered with 4,000 rundown, foreclosed homes, but some say the city has a lot more than that.

The California Report | Jun 17, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. Mayor Garcetti Joins Kings Celebration, Collects Bet

Thousands of hockey fans jammed the streets of downtown Los Angeles Monday to celebrate the Kings winning the Stanley Cup. In a fit of irrational exuberance, Mayor Eric Garcetti joked with the crowd to "Never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and never swear." After which, he proceeded to do just that. Mayor Garcetti also got to collect on his bet with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

The California Report | Jun 12, 2014 8:50 AM
Groundwater Pumping Causing Land to Sink in Coachella Valley

Even before the drought, farmers around California were sucking down the groundwater faster than the environment could keep up. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey reports the practice has caused land in the Coachella Valley to sink up to two feet in some places.

The California Report | Jun 5, 2014 8:50 AM
L.A. Program Failing to Enforce Upkeep of Foreclosed Homes

It's estimated more than 4,000 properties in Los Angeles are bank-owned, many of them blighted eyesores crumbling into safety concerns for neighbors. That situation is what a four-year-old foreclosure registry program was supposed to address; leaning on banks to do their duty. But the city controller reports that's just not happening.

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