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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 (220 archives)


The California Report | Aug 7, 2015 4:30 PM
The L.A. Rebellion: How the '65 Watts Riots Helped Spark a Cinematic Revolution

This weekend marks the first anniversary of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that sparked anger, unrest and lots of questions about policing in communities of color. Those same issues were at play 50 years ago this month in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. The story is familiar: a young black man pulled over by police for suspected drunk driving, an argument, a shoving match and within hours a full-blown riot. A few years later, a group of young black filmmakers from UCLA would use Watts as the backdrop and inspiration for a short-lived but influential film movement that came to be known as the "L.A. Rebellion." Its story is chronicled in a forthcoming book and expansive DVD collection.

The California Report | Aug 5, 2015 8:50 AM
Fire Officials Confident that Water Supply Sufficient to Battle Major Blazes

Water is one of those resources that we know is particularly thin. The question is, will the drought leave firefighters with enough water to combat the blazes as fire season continues?

The California Report | Jul 29, 2015 8:50 AM
$75,000 Offered for Info on Drone Operators Who Delayed Firefighters

San Bernardino County leaders are offering a $75,000 bounty for information that could help authorities track down the drone operators who delayed emergency response on three major wildfires.

The California Report | Jul 24, 2015 8:50 AM
As Fire Season Heats Up, Lawmakers Take on Problem of Drone Interference

Firefighters continue to battle the Wragg Fire, which is burning across two counties in Northern California near Lake Berryessa. Fire crews were able to stall the spread of the fire Thursday, but over 100 homes remain evacuated. Last week in Southern California, firefighting efforts were delayed by a flock of drones.

The California Report | Jul 22, 2015 8:50 AM
Enforcement of New L.A. Minimum Wage Law Will Be Challenging

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2020. The nation's largest local government is following the lead of the city of Los Angeles, where there was plenty of cheering last month over an identical wage hike. But there are already concerns, especially among immigrants, who are the majority of low wage workers. They're asking just how the city plans to enforce the pay hike.

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