Kevin Ferguson Producer/ Reporter, Off-Ramp

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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

A question, to photographers: what's going on in this White House photo?

I just stumbled upon this official White House photo, from July:

Nick Ashford, RIP

Nick Ashford, along with his wife Valerie Simpson, was a Motown legend. Songwriters and singers, they worked with Ray Charles, Tami Terrell and Marvin Gaye. They wrote songs like "Ain't Nothing like the Real Thing" and "Ain't no Mountain High Enough" and had a performing career of their own as Ashford Simpson, scoring a hite with 1984's "Solid.

In the aftermath of July's accident, where is Downtown's Art Walk headed?

On the second Thursday of each month, the Art Walk attracts thousands of people to Downtown L.A. Last month during the event, a driver struck a parking meter that then fell over onto a stroller on the sidewalk, killing a two-month old baby inside. That incident sparked a review of Art Walk. Among the many people covering the story was KPCC.org's Eric Richardson, who also runs the popular Blogdowntown website. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Eric Friday about how the incident might impact the massive monthly gathering.

Checked out: NHM's new Dinosaur Hall

Last month on Off-Ramp, Ilsa Setziol took you inside the Natural History Museum's brand new Dinosaur Hall as they were putting the finishing touches in place. You might also remember when Off-Ramp toured the recently renovated Beaux-Arts Building with two junior reporters and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas--that was the last time I visited.

Metro introduces more user-friendly day, week and monthly passes

Starting Monday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority will make it easier for its passengers riders to buy weekly and monthly passes.

A photo tour of Wilshire Boulevard 30-plus years ago

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.

In (awkward) defense of Yelp

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:

Isamu Noguchi: California Legend

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.

A quick summer photo to start off the weekend

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.

Tonight: Van Dyke Parks plays live!

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.

And now, a pizza rant

I hope you'll agree with me here:

John Turturro's 'Passione' opens in L.A.

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.

Writer, hip-hop chronicler Ben Westhoff named music editor at LA Weekly

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.

Answering an age old question: were those gunshots or fireworks?

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?

Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson picks up SoCal Journalism award

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.