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

Long Beach honors late California State Senator Jenny Oropeza

The city of Long Beach plans to dedicate a community center in the name of the late State Senator Jenny Oropeza today. The event coincides with Cesar Chavez Day.

Good question: is Boyle Heights gentrifying?

A Roosevelt High School blogger/reporter recently lamented what they see as the imminent transformation of East LA's historic Boyle Heights neighborhood into the next Siverlosfelico Parklake:

Finding a native plant oasis at the Theodore Payne Foundation

Unless you planted and grew all of your backyard's greenery by hand, it's unlikely you know what to call that sweet, sticky fruit that falls from the tree by your fence, or if that sage-smelling bush by your door is actually safe to eat. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson didn't, either, so he took a few leaves and twigs from the new-to-him backyard and presented them to local plant expert Lili Singer. Singer works for the Theodore Payne Foundation - a nonprofit nursery devoted to cultivating and advocating for all fauna native to Southern California.

Off-Ramp's Seth MacFarlane ticket winners! Singing into spoons!

On last weekend's show, John talked with Family Guy creator and crooner Seth MacFarlane. This Saturday, Seth performs his big-band show at Club Nokia downtown.

Good question: Can apartment dwellers prepare for the Big One?

Last weekend, John Rabe and KPCC producer/disaster preparedness expert Christal Smith went to Scott Sanger's Southland home to talk about how homeowners can be better prepared for a catastrophic earthquake.

A funny thing happened while I was reading the Daily News today...

And by "a funny thing," I mean a chainsaw cut my screen in half. Here, have a look (please pardon my shaky camera hands and the background talking/sneezing):

Welcome, Spring!

Surely by now you've heard of Burning Man. But what about the much older (and more respected) burning snowman? It's a 41 year old tradition performed at Michigan's Lake Superior State University to celebrate the coming spring.

Los Angeles-area nonprofits mobilize for Japan tsunami relief

Within hours after a tsunami and earthquake struck Japan’s northeastern coast, Southland nonprofits are coordinating relief efforts.

World's strangest, most deliberate bank robbery caught on tape

I saw this on Chinapoly, Marketplace's blog on China written by Rob Schmitz, Marketplace's man in Shanghai. It's amazing. Rob (who at one point was KPCC's Orange County correspondent) compared the scene to something out of No Country for Old Men: equal parts disturbing and comical.

Peter Stenshoel's album of the week: Sun Song by Sun Ra

The closest a Lutheran boy gets to celebrating a bar mitzvah is a relatively somber little occasion called confirmation. It represents the culmination of learning church doctrine, and you stand before the altar in robes with your peers.

Oregon Trail Nostalgia comes alive in LA

There's a special place in the heart of every millenial for Oregon Trail, the tedious educational computer game where you and your 19th-century pioneer family head West from Missouri to Oregon.

Blue Line Zen

This past weekend we reported on the Metro Blue Line's disconcerting pedestrian fatality rate. We'll have more on pedestrian safety and Blue Line in the coming weeks. But for now, enjoy an extremely surreal (and extremely expensive, probably) 20+ year old promotional video for the train, starring the one and only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! My favorite part is towards the middle: Blue Line, Red Line, Green Line, then we're done!

Sacred Fools extends Free $$$!

A couple weeks ago we told you about Free $$$, a play disguised as a self-help seminar inside Hollywood's venerable Sacred Fools theater. Late last week, we got the good news that Sacred Fools will now be showing the play through March all the way to April 3.

The Metro Blue Line claims its 103rd death, how can we prevent more?

The Metro Blue Line runs from Downtown LA to Downtown Long Beach. It's one of the most popular light rail trains in the nation. But it's also one of the deadliest, having killed its 103rd person this past Tuesday. Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson asks why the line has such a dangerous record and what can be done to save more lives.

ABC7 follows Off-Ramp's suit, goes underground in Sierra Madre

If you watched last Thursday's news on ABC7 you might have seen reporter John Gregory covering Jeff Hildreth's controversial underground project in Sierra Madre. A story Off-Ramp broke just over a month ago: