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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 (135 archives)

The California Report | Mar 28, 2014 8:50 AM
Registry Helps Track Missing Children with Special Needs

The city of Hemet, east of L.A., has established a special registry for missing children with special needs. The system was launched at the urging of Councilwoman Shellie Milne, who has a son with Down Syndrome.

The California Report | Mar 21, 2014 4:30 PM
In 'L.A. Heat' Art Exhibit, Sriracha and Tapatio Form Holy Union of Hot Sauce

A pair of California-made hot sauces is the main course of an exhibit that opened last week in Los Angeles. "L.A. Heat" explores the culinary and pop culture impact of Sriracha and Tapatio -- two hot sauces with very different origins, both of which somehow managed to become unifying ingredients in L.A. culture and cuisine.

The California Report | Mar 19, 2014 8:50 AM
Symposium Addresses Drought's Impact on Imperial, Coachella Valleys

Talk of California's drought shifts this week to a place that knows a little bit about water scarcity: the deserts of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys. That's where state officials are meeting with local farmers, residents and decision makers.

The California Report | Mar 10, 2014 8:50 AM
Ukrainians in Los Angeles React to Russian Occupation of Crimea

Los Angeles is home to one of the nation's biggest populations of Ukrainian-Americans. With tension rising in the homeland we took a look in on the local community. Ukrainians gathered on Sunday to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the country's most celebrated poet.

The California Report | Mar 4, 2014 8:50 AM
New Legislation Reconsiders Juvenile Sentencing and Placement

A proposal from Democratic State Senator Leland Yee working its way through Sacramento could ease penalties for some juvenile offenders, including those who commit murder. The legislation is inspired by a case out of Riverside involving a 10-year-old boy who shot and killed his father several years ago.

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