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 (202 archives)
This year, a new state law has allowed undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses despite their immigration status. But actually getting one isn't always easy. On Thursday, a state Senate subcommittee will review how the law, AB 60, is doing in its first 90 days.
The 70-block sliver of downtown Los Angeles's Skid Row made headlines recently for the shooting of an unarmed homeless man by the LAPD. While that incident put a spotlight on the homeless encampment there, what you didn't see is the gentrification that's happening alongside it. And that friction has city officials grappling with how to house the homeless in a neighborhood where property prices are skyrocketing.
Drought or no drought, Southern California has been importing more water and burning with hotter wildfires for decades. That's among the findings of an "environmental report card" from researchers at UCLA.
Just a few blocks from LA's City Hall, in the middle of downtown is LA's Skid Row. It has one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in the U.S. At night, Skid Row is like a shanty town, with tents crowding the sidewalks. But that's becoming a problem, now that downtown is going through a huge hipster gentrification. Listen to the first in the California Report's series about how LA is rethinking Skid Row and the 60,000 homeless people who live in the city.
Water agencies in the Palm Springs area are trying to squash a lawsuit that could give a local Indian tribe unprecedented authority over the region's water supply. Earlier this month, a federal court ruled the Agua Caliente tribe has inherent rights to a significant portion of groundwater managed by the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency.