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 (248 archives)
In the mid-1980s, the crack cocaine epidemic raged in South Los Angeles. Deadly gang warfare bloodied the streets. But these murders were different: young black women, killed in the same manner and dumped on the streets. By 1988, the murders appeared to stop. Around 15 years later, they resumed, inspiring L.A. Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek to nickname the killer the Grim Sleeper. Pelisek also broke the story behind the investigation that eventually led police to a retired sanitation worker named Lonnie Franklin Jr. He's now accused of murdering at least nine women and a teenage girl in South L.A. between 1985 and 2007. We talked to Pelisek outside the L.A. Criminal Courts building, where she?s covering the trial for People Magazine. She says the victims seemed to have a lot in common. A warning; some listeners might find portions of this interview disturbing.
A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the sale of the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The sale of two of the Southland's biggest dailies went through after another deal with the owner of the L.A. Times was blocked.
Kaiser Permanente is facing a labor strike at its flagship medical center in Los Angeles. A majority of its 1,200 nurses there are entering their second day of a weeklong walkout Wednesday. The strike comes as the nurses negotiate their first union contract since joining the California Nurses Association.
The funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan got underway in Southern California this morning. It's happening inside the library and museum named for her late husband, President Ronald Reagan. Services are private, reserved for select friends and family. But since early Wednesday, thousands of people have travelled to the scenic hilltop library to pay their respects.
Orange County prosecutors are weighing whether to file charges against counter-protesters who allegedly assaulted members of the Ku Klux Klan. The brawl began during a KKK rally in Anaheim last weekend. The melee put a spotlight on a once-powerful white supremacist group that tends to stay well below the radar these days. So what's changed? We talk with Brian Levin, a criminologist and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. He attended Saturday's demonstration as researcher -- but soon found himself caught in the middle of the violence.