Kevin Ferguson Producer/ Reporter, Off-Ramp
Kevin Ferguson produces and reports for KPCC's Off-Ramp.
Born in Long Beach, California, Kevin graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish. Before joining KPCC, Kevin worked for Marketplace and the District Weekly, a Long Beach magazine. He's also covered music, art and news for OC Weekly, LA Record, Arthur Magazine, and Riviera.
Stories by Kevin Ferguson
The Los Angeles Public Library has just revealed an enormous new collection of over 900 color photos – all of Wilshire Boulevard in it's entirety, from downtown to the sea. The photos were taken between 1978 and 1979 by L.A. native Annie Laskey – who was just 15 years old at the time – and her mother. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Annie about the newly unveiled collection.
If you've ever browsed Yelp, you know there are plenty of reviewers who--to put it charitably--tend to shoot from the hip without much regard for substance. Here's a great example: it's a review of Porto's, the Cuban bakery in Glendale:
The Laguna Art museum is currently celebrating the legendary, late artist Isamu Noguchi, who was born in Los Angeles. They're showing two exhibitions at the museum and giving a special focus to California Scenario, a garden in Costa Mesa and one of Noguchi's last public pieces. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson met with curator Grace Kook-Anderson at the site of California Scenario.
This great photograph -- by the late William Reagh -- was stumbled upon by simply searching for "ice cream" on the Los Angeles Public Library's amazing photo archive. If you have a minute, look around for yourself.
Composer, advocate of forgotten Americana and Pasadena resident Van Dyke Parks will be making a rare appearance tonight at the Little Temple on Santa Monica. You might know Van Dyke Parks from his acclaimed collaboration Brian Wilson on Smile, or in his work with Joanna Newsom, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, or even right here on Off-Ramp.
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You've seen actor John Turturro in films like "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Transformers" and "Barton Fink." But did you know he's also a director? "Passione," his fourth film, is a musical exploration of the Italian city of Naples, and it opens in L.A. this weekend. He talked with Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson.
Just this past week LA Weekly announced its newest hire: incoming music editor, Ben Westhoff. Ben is the author of several books and has written for Spin, the Village Voice and New York Magazine. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Ben to better know him before he heads out West.
Props to Eastsider LA, for endeavoring to answer a timely question I've always wondered as an LA/Long Beach resident: did I just hear gunshots or fireworks? It's a gruesome thought for most people in the middle of the night: I know that loud *BANG* I heard was probably fireworks, but what if it wasn't? Couldn't a potential gunman take advantage of that kind of doubt? What if I'm wrong, did I just waste everyone's time?
Last night's Southern California Journalism Awards was a good night for KPCC: Susan Valot took home Radio Journalist of the Year, AirTalk took home a couple awards, Brian Watt for best short feature, and the Madeleine Brand Show won first place in long feature for their heartbreaking, life-affirming and historic story about the LA River.
If he has his way, Lakers Forward Ron Artest (who gave one of the most life-affirming post game interviews in American history, watch it if you don't believe me) won't be Ron Artest anymore.
Come! Celebrate the long and pleasantly egalitarian history of paddleboarding tomorrow morning, bright and early at 8:15am. It's the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival: featuring both paddleboard and dory races, live music and even a pop-up paddleboard museum!
The weekend before last, John talked with Robert Stanton, father of Jordan Stanton, a marine corporal who was killed in Afghanistan at age 20. Robert has been a strong supporter of Fisher House, an organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
When he isn't busy steering things at Ice Cream Man, or running an aggressive, brilliant campaign to get hired as Pabst Blue Ribbon's Social Media Manager, Long Beach's David Gooch is a Hall and Oates fan, like many of us.
And all it took was a click of the "backspace" key! Here: