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

KCET sells Sunset Boulevard studios to Church of Scientology

KCET, which severed its long-standing ties with PBS at the beginning of the year, announced Monday that it has sold its Sunset Boulevard production studios to the Church of Scientology.

Orange County GOP Committee member sends e-mail with Obama's face on chimpanzee body

An e-mail sent by an Orange County GOP Central Committee member has raised a controversy. Marilyn Davenport's e-mail shows a photo of President Obama's face on the body of a baby chimpanzee. The caption reads "Now you know why – No birth certificate!"

Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute moves to UCLA campus

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is moving to the UCLA campus. It will partner with UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music to offer a new master’s degree program in jazz.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes to celebrate its grand opening

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes opens Saturday in downtown Los Angeles. It’s the city’s first permanent Mexican-American cultural center. And it’s right across the street from the popular Olvera Street marketplace.

Defining Elizabeth Taylor, dead at 79 - a look back at a movie star's legacy

With the overnight death of Elizabeth Taylor of congestive heart failure at Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, movie and cultural historians are examining her career, which began in 1941 with Universal Pictures. She was known for her eight marriages to seven men (Richard Burton twice), her three Academy Awards and her humanitarian work.

12th season of Native Voices at the Autry opens

The Autry National Center in Los Angeles has just opened its twelfth season of Native Voices – plays written and performed by Native Americans throughout the United States. The company was founded by Jean Bruce Scott and Randy Reinholz, who also heads the Theater, Television and Film program at San Diego State.

Vote by mail info for LA city voters

Today’s the deadline to get vote by mail applications to the LA City Clerk for next Tuesday’s citywide election. Starting tomorrow, you can deliver an application by hand or fax.

Will Banksy show up at the Oscars?

The Motion Picture Academy presents the Oscars on Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Among the nominees for Best Feature-length Documentary is a film that tries to shed light on a very secretive artist. Nicole Sperling writes about film for the Los Angeles Times. She spoke with KPCC’s Steve Julian about the buzz that surrounds the documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

Criminal investigation ends against Countrywide founder Mozilo - No charges filed

Federal prosecutors have dropped the criminal investigation of Countrywide founder, Angelo Mozilo. KPCC’s Steve Julian reports Mozilo was one of the biggest profiteers during the housing crisis.

Local Catholic priest is out

Fr. Martin P. O’Loghlen interviewed my parents and me months before I entered my freshman year at Damien High School in LaVerne. We were not Catholics and I remember Fr. O reassuring us there were “many roads to get to the same place” – a reminder that even Lutherans can get to heaven, I suppose.

LA City Councilman Huizar debates opponent Martinez in subdued debate

The two men vying to represent the 14th City Council District in Los Angeles faced off in a debate last night. They once were close friends, but now businessman Rudy Martinez wants to unseat incumbent Jose Huizar. The race has been marked by fireworks, but last night was relatively subdued.

'33 Variations,' 'Becky Shaw' open tonight in LA with Jane Fonda, Marsha Mason

Their average age is 70 – and Jane Fonda and Marsha Mason each open on separate stages tonight in Los Angeles. Two-time Oscar winner Fonda stars in “33 Variations” at the Music Center, while Mason, who never won despite four Academy Award nods, appears this week at the Skirball Center for L.A. Theatre Works in “Becky Shaw.” Both are fairly new works.

Think tank selects California Congresswoman Harman as new leader

Shortly after Democrat Jane Harman announced her decision to resign from Congress yesterday to head a think tank in Washington, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she will run for the seat. Harman held a press conference today to make the announcement official.

Remebering Jack Popejoy, dead at 63

Longtime radio news reporter and anchor Jack Popejoy died of cancer over the weekend. He was 63.

Jack Popejoy video tribute

I met Jack Popejoy, briefly, a few years ago. Our paths haven't crossed since. The 63 year old KNX newsradio anchor died this weekend of cancer; he worked on-air until just a few weeks ago.