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 (126 archives)
An Orange County jury has acquitted two former Fullerton police officers in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man two years ago. After the verdict, about 80 protesters gathered at the Fullerton Transportation Center where the incident happened to light candles and carry signs saying things like "No More Killer Cops." The two officers still face a civil lawsuit, but the criminal case is over.
State lawmakers in Sacramento are keeping one eye cocked toward Los Angeles, where opening arguments started in a trial involving their colleague Senator Roderick Wright. The Democrat from Inglewood is charged with perjury and voter fraud.
The next election for Los Angeles County Sheriff just blew wide open following the stunning step down of the current sheriff, Lee Baca. The longtime leader of the nation's largest sheriff's department says he's leaving at the end of this month, following the recent federal indictment of 18 former sheriff's deputies over alleged abuse in L.A. County jails.
In November, voters may get a chance to consider a measure to legalize pot for recreational use statewide. Today, Palm Springs joins Oakland and Los Angeles in instituting a special tax on all medicinal weed sold at licensed dispensaries.
A Fox News host stirred up controversy earlier this month when she declared that Santa Claus is white. The truth is, even today in 2013, a lot of the Santas working the shopping malls are white. But at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, the Santas reflect the diverse communities surrounding the shopping center.