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

2-week AxS arts festival launches in Pasadena

A two-week arts festival just got underway in Pasadena. The AxS Festival combines exhibitions, performances, public art and conversations. Most events are free to the public. The nonprofit Pasadena Arts Council oversees the Festival.

SoCal grocery workers vote on new union contract

More than 60,000 grocery workers in Southern California vote Friday and Saturday on a new union contract with the three major chains. Their union recommends they ratify the contract, and they expect it to be overwhelmingly approved.

Schwarzenegger announces bio book deal

A memoir of former California governor and Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be published next fall by Simon and Schuster. Simon and Schuster has already picked a title: “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”

Unusual Suspects youth theater company writes, performs 'La Flor Mojica'

From the embers of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, a theater company emerged. That troupe, the Unusual Suspects, employs improvisation techniques, onstage performance and audience interaction to help young people develop self confidence and the skills they’ll need to stay in school.

Flu season is upon us; KPCC's Steve Julian gets his own shot

CVS pharmacist Jill Kolin says flu season is upon us. Kolin spoke with KPCC's Steve Julian Wednesday and gave him his own flu shot.

Feinstein, others 'wiped out' by campaign treasurer

A long-time campaign treasurer who managed finances for a multitude of California campaigns was released on bail Friday after being arrested by the FBI earlier this month. Kinde Durkee has been charged with fraud, and many of her clients are speaking out about their own financial losses at her hand.

LA City Council President Garcetti announces run for mayor

Democratic Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti’s announcement that he’s running for mayor came as no surprise. The fourth generation Angeleno filed candidacy papers Thursday morning.

'Irvine 11' stand trial for speech disruption

The trial of the so-called "Irvine 11" got underway Wednesday with opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys. The Muslim students on trial are accused of shouting down the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, during a speech at the University of California, Irvine.

Romney, Perry tied in new poll of California Republicans

As GOP presidential hopefuls gear up for Wednesday's Republican debate, a new poll shows Texas Governor Rick Perry tied with Mitt Romney among California Republican voters. The USC Dorslife/Los Angeles Times poll shows each candidate with 22 percent of the vote.

As Labor Day approaches, bad news for American workers

The national jobs picture was static in August without a single new job added, something that hasn’t happened since the 1940s. The news comes just in time to throw a pall over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

California Dream Act passes state Senate

Undocumented college students in California are a step closer to being eligible for state-funded scholarships and financial aid.

Why Diana Nyad quit midway through swim from Cuba to Florida Keys

Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad tried this week to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys. At 61, she had trained extensively at the Pasadena Aquatic Center and in the Caribbean Ocean, but halfway through the choppy 103-mile swim, she called it quits.

Disney beats expected earnings through bookkeeping

The Walt Disney Company posted better than expected earnings in its fiscal third quarter. The positive report was the result of a bookkeeping maneuver.

Jobless rate down to 9.1 percent: What's that mean for SoCal?

The highly anticipated jobs report came out from the Labor Department this morning, and it’s not so bad. Not great, but not bad. The nation’s jobless figure dropped from 9.2 to 9.1 percent. Jobs created: 117,000. That's 27,000 more than expected.

Celebrating Lucille Ball's 100th birthday

TV's favorite red-headed housewife will turn 100 on Saturday. Lucille Ball, who died at age 77 in 1989, was best known for her sitcom "I Love Lucy," which premiered in 1951. The Hollywood Museum together with CBS DVD/ Paramount Home Entertainment presented "Lucille Ball at 100 and `I Love Lucy' at 60," a private gala reception and exhibit spotlighting the "Queen of Comedy" in Hollywood on Thursday evening.