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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

Former Bangladeshi Diplomat's Deportation Delayed

Homeland Security has delayed the deportation of a former Bangladeshi diplomat who lives in Southern California. A Bangladeshi court convicted Mohiuddin Ahmed of participating in the 1975 assassination of that country's leader. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the case.

Lawmakers Use Report on Minorities to Push Agenda

The Legislative Black Caucus commissioned the "State of Black California" report which found that African Americans and Hispanics in the state trail in income, education and other "quality of life" categories. Steve Julian talked with Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass, a member of the caucus, about the findings.

Local Congresswoman Travels to Cuba

A ten member Congressional delegation has just returned from Cuba. The bipartisan group went with the intent of promoting a dialogue with a government in flux. Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman of Venice is on the House Intelligence Committee. She tells KPCC's Steve Julian that the group didn't get to meet with the country's acting President, Fidel Castro's younger brother, Raul.

UCLA Warns of Large Computer Breach

UCLA has sent letters to about 800,000 people warning them that their personal information may have been compromised. The university says a hacker accessed a database containing the information of current and former students, faculty members and others. KPCC's Steve Julian talks with Jim Davis, the chief information officer at UCLA.

Mayor Names First African American Fire Chief

31-year department veteran Douglas Barry will replace Bill Bamattre as interim head of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Barry is the first African American to head the fire agency. LA City Fire Commissioner Genethia Hudley-Hayes spoke with Steve Julian about the appointment.

Washington Update with Jack Shaw

Congress returns for a lame-duck session, Rep. Henry Waxman will take on a prominent role in the next congressional session and what will Rep. Jane Harman do now that she's been passed over for chair of the Intelligence Committee?

LA Archdiocese Settles 45 Sex Abuse Cases

The nation's largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese says it will pay $60 million to settle 45 cases alleging sexual abuse by clergy members. But an attorney for the plaintiffs tells KPCC that the settlement has yet to be finalized. KPCC's Steve Julian talks with Cardinal Roger Mahony about the agreement.

Civil Rights Project Transferring to UCLA

Starting in January, the Harvard Civil Rights Project will move to UCLA and become part of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Aimee Dorr, the school's dean, talked with KPCC's Steve Julian about the project, which was founded a decade ago and has issued important research on issues like affirmative action and school dropouts.

Film Director Robert Altman Dies at 81

Robert Altman, the director of films including "MASH" and "Gosford Park," died Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital, according to a producer at Altman's Sandcastle 5 Productions. KPCC's Steve Julian looked back on Altman's career with entertainment journalist Alex Ben Block.

Governor's Press Secretary Shuts Off the Mic

Margita Thompson is resigning after serving as Governor Schwarzenegger's press secretary during his first three years in office. She's leaving to work as vice president of corporate communications for Health Net in Woodland Hills. Thompson looked back on her time in Sacramento with KPCC's Steve Julian.

Israeli Prime Minister to Address Jewish Assembly in LA

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will speak before the Jewish Communities' 2006 General Assembly at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Rob Eshman, the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, talks with KPCC's Steve Julian about what the Assembly can expect to hear from the Prime Minister.

Election Marked by Low Turnout

Despite projections of a majority turnout, only 44% of registered voters in California cast ballots on Tuesday. Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee talks about why many voters didn't show up, and discusses some of the tight races from the election.

Crips Co-Founder Executed By Lethal Injection

Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who was convicted of four murders in 1981, died by lethal injection at 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday. KPCC's Steve Julian spoke to Judy Campbell of KQED, who witnessed the execution.

Washington Update with Jack Shaw

Rep. Howard Berman of Van Nuys and San Dimas Rep. David Dreier are set to face off over an immigration bill, Rep. Duncan Hunter's stance on an anti-torture bill is being questioned and Sen. Barbara Boxer is upset over environmental language in a budget bill.

Longtime L.A. Councilman Braude Dies of Pneumonia

Marvin Braude, who served on the L.A. City Council for 32 years, has died at the age of 85. Former Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski worked for Braude and shares her thoughts on his legacy.