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Steve Julian was KPCC's host for Morning Edition from 2000 until 2015. He 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 also acted and directed at theaters around Southern California. He served on the boards of two theater companies and wrote about theater for LA STAGE Times and on his own website,

Steve died of complications from brain cancer in April 2016. He was 57.

Stories by Steve Julian

Villaraigosa Has Active First Month in Office

Cal State political science Professor Raphe Sonenshein says L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has already accomplished a great deal since taking office, but the mayor's biggest challenge may be trying to please disparate groups.

Inland Empire Hospitals Under Scrutiny for Heart Attack, Pneumonia Treatment

Charles Ornstein of the L.A. Times discusses studies showing higher-than-expected death rates for heart attack and pneumonia patients at some Inland Empire hospitals. A recent study ranked the region worst on average in the treatment of those two conditions.

Bush Chooses D.C. Circuit Judge for Supreme Court

USC political science Professor Howard Gillman says the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts should take on a more conciliatory tone than past confirmation hearings.

Star Trek Actor Doohan Dies at 85

George Takei, who appeared in the 1960s sci-fi series "Star Trek," shares his memories of actor James Doohan, who died Wednesday of pneumonia and complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Point Mugu Naval Base Targeted for Closure

Bill Simmons, campaign manager for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Ventura County Task Force, says closing the Point Mugu naval base would mean an exodus of tech jobs from the community.

SoCal Company's Camera Provides Close-Up View of Shuttle Orbiter

Ecliptic Enterprises of Pasadena designed the RocketCam, which will provide a bird's-eye view of Space Shuttle Discovery's liftoff. Rex Ridenoure is a co-founder of the company.

LAUSD Opens New High School in South L.A.

L.A. School Board President Jose Huizar discusses the opening of Santee High, which has been the subject of environmental concerns after reports that contaminated landfill was used under several buildings on the campus.

Villaraigosa Takes Active Role During Transition Period

Cal State Fullerton political science Professor Raphe Sonenshein says the transition between outgoing L.A. Mayor Jim Hahn and Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa has been unusual.

Twice-Denied Coliseum Hopes to Win Back NFL Team

In the last of a three-part series, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum commissioners confront the past and look ahead as they hope to lure an NFL team back to the stadium.

Anaheim Vies For NFL Team

In part one of a three-part series, Anaheim is one of three cities now competing to be the home of a Southern California National Football League team. Carson had been in the running but has dropped its bid.

Villaraigosa's Victory Shows Dissatisfaction with Hahn Administration

Claremont-McKenna government Professor Jack Pitney says disapproval of the Hahn administration trumped the negative ads by Hahn's campaign in the final weeks.