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