Steve Julian Host, Morning Edition

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Steve Julian is KPCC's host for Morning Edition. Steve started his broadcasting career as a police dispatcher and served as a police officer in Baldwin Park. He moved to radio in 1980 at an easy-listening station in the Inland Empire. At KPRO in Riverside, he co-anchored the afternoon news with Larry Mantle, before KPCC hired Larry away in 1983.

Steve joined KPCC in 2000 after five years as a traffic reporter for AirWatch America in Santa Ana. He coordinated the simulcast of WNYC’s coverage of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

A Southland native, Julian acts and directs at theaters around southern California. He serves on the boards of two theater companies and writes about theater for LA STAGE Times and on his own website,

Stories by Steve Julian

First of two storms hits LA

The National Weather Service reports two storms to sweep through Los Angeles this week. Promise of rain in the Southland and winter weather conditions in places like the Grapevine.

Latina playwright adapts Chekhov play in “El Nogalar”

Anton Chekov wrote “The Cherry Orchard” in 1904, telling the tale of a Russian matriarch who loses her land because she’s unwilling to change.

Famed jazz manager John Levy dies at 99

The double-bassist had a groundbreaking career as manager. In 2006, he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Insects and knights inspire Cirque du Soleil's 'OVO' costumes

Costume designer Liz Vandal mixes Renaissance and futuristic styles to create organic costumes for Cirque du Soleil's newest show.

Beverly Hills attorney by day, arsonist-catcher by night

It's a bird, it's a plane – it's Shervin Lalezary! He's the L.A. County sheriff's deputy who caught Harry Burkhart, who's suspected of setting more than 50 fires in four days. The 30-year-old native of Iran gets paid a dollar a year moonlighting as a reserve officer. But the newfangled neighborhood hero deals with real estate law during the day. How is he qualified to wield a gun and drive a patrol car?

Movie attendance slumps to 16-year low

Movie attendance across the U.S. hit a 16-year low in 2011, its second major plummet in as many years.

Yahoo! Sports' Wojnarowski previews the Lakers', Clippers' seasons

NBA teams have been scrimmaging, getting ready for a belated opening day after a lock-out. The first games of the season will be played on Christmas Day, among them, the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

Salvation Army fundraising continues despite boycott from gay rights group

The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers are in full force in Southern California for their final week of holiday fundraising, despite being confronted with allegations of discrimination earlier this month.

Landry and Summers Occupy KPCC studio

Ever since Hans Summers voted against Shaun Landry's membership in his theater company, the two have been inseparable. For 25 years, the biracial LA-based couple has picked on society's most laughable indiscretions, its questionable political leaders, and its dubious inconsistencies. Their current show, "Whatever It Is, We're Against It," at Bang Comedy Theatre, moves the pair from improv into sketch comedy. They talked with KPCC's Steve Julian.

Woman pepper sprays Black Friday competition at LA-area Walmart

A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale at a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Judge rules against Getty over 13th century Armenian Bible

A judge said Thursday he will not dismiss the lawsuit the Armenian Church filed against the the J. Paul Getty Museum. The church is demanding the Los Angeles museum return pages ripped from a sacred handwritten Armenian Bible dating back to 1256.

Frank McCourt agrees to sell Dodgers

Embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball reached a settlement late Tuesday for the Dodgers to be sold at auction. The sale is expected to include the team, Dodger Stadium, the surrounding parking lots and media rights. It could all go for a billion dollars or more; McCourt paid $421 million seven years ago.

UC Irvine professor donates $10M to school

A wealthy UC Irvine professor who made his fortune in winemaking, has donated $10 million to the school, the largest donation ever by a member of school faculty.

McCourts reach settlement: She gets $130 million, he gets Dodgers

Frank and Jamie McCourt may have reached a settlement after almost two years of highly publicized divorce proceedings.

200 musicians to accompany 'Fellowship of the Ring' showing in Anaheim

More than 200 musicians pick up their instruments Saturday night to accompany The Lord of the Rings film “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The score, composed by Howard Shore, won both the Grammy and Academy awards. The film will be projected onto a 60-foot screen at the Honda Center in Anaheim.