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 (213 archives)
Earlier this month, Los Angeles became the second largest city in the nation to raise it's minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years. But it's unclear whether the pay hike will help undocumented workers.
The Santa Barbara oil spill in May will be the subject of a special hearing in Santa Barbara later today. Lawmakers want to know why it took Plains All-American Pipeline, the owner-operator of the ruptured pipeline, so long to notify first responders.
Over the weekend Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed that city's new minimum wage law. It will push a worker's hourly wage to $15 an hour over the next 5 years. Now L.A. County is thinking about an identical pay hike for workers in unincorporated areas. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl introduced the measure on Tuesday.
About a quarter of a million people in parts of Los Angeles County are finding a new water savings plan a little hard to swallow. Under new rules approved Tuesday, many residents could see their water bills double if they don't ease up on the tap.
U.S Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein described the response to the oil spill just north of Santa Barbara as "insufficient." They also want to know whether federal regulators could have required the Plains All-American Pipeline to install an automatic shut-off valve. The pipeline and others like it in California are monitored by a complex and sometimes confusing patchwork of agencies and inspectors.