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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

Brown state of the state tonight, arguing for his budget plan

Governor Jerry Brown talks to Californians this evening, laying out his plan to close a $25 billion state deficit. The State of the State address is at 5 p.m. John Myers covers state politics for the California Report and offers his analysis of what Brown will try to do in his speech.

Temecula City Council approves construction of new mosque

The Temecula City Council has approved the construction of a new mosque. The vote came after midnight, at the end of a heated public meeting. Some residents don't want the mosque to be built.

Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center to host grand opening

Jazz and blues singer Barbara Morrison has worked in the music business for more than 35 years. She’s performed and recorded with legends like Ray Charles, James Moody and Etta James. Now she’s opening the new non-profit Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park to help revitalize the once-vibrant hub of African American culture and arts.

Oscar nominations list

Complete list of 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday:

Theatrical horse extravaganza Cavalia in Burbank

A big white “big top” looms along I-5 in Burbank for a few weeks. The horse extravaganza, Cavalia, is part Cirque du Soleil, part Medieval Times, part Rose Parade. Normand Latourelle founded Cavalia in 2003 after having co-founded Cirque du Soleil about 35 years ago.

Ronald Brown on challenges he faces as LA County's new public defender

In his first week as Los Angeles County's new public defender, Ronald L. Brown said he would avoid wrongful convictions of people who are misidentified as culprits in crimes.

Jerry Brown takes office today, faces $28 billion budget gap

Later this morning, Jerry Brown becomes governor of California – again. Brown faces a $28 billion budget problem. John Myers of KPCC's sister station KQED in San Francisco provides his insight on what Brown's governorship holds.

Rose Parade Tips & Rules

PASADENA (CNS) - With thousands of people expected to camp out tonight for prime Rose Parade seating, Pasadena police and fire officials issued a series of tips aimed at keeping people safe and within the law.

San Francisco Sen. Mark Leno on new laws, budget troubles and more

We've reported this past week on two bills that Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) wrote and got passed and signed by the governor. He had 11 go through this year. Sen. Leno spoke with KPCC’s Steve Julian about which of his bills was the most personal and meaningful.

LA Theatre Works reprises 'The Graduate' as radio drama, with Kathleen Turner

Ten years ago, Kathleen Turner and Matthew Rhys opened “The Graduate” onstage in London. The 1967 movie version with Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman was a cultural phenomenon across the pond and in the United States. Turner, who was in her mid-40s then, made news by appearing nude. In a radio drama version, she and Rhys this week reprise their roles for L.A. Theatre Works.

Artists and new infrastructure part of Boyle Heights improvement project along Gold Line

There’s a party of sorts going on in Boyle Heights, a heavily Latino portion of Los Angeles a few miles east of downtown. The place has received nearly $1.5 billion in public improvements in the past two years, including the Metro Gold Line East Side Extension.

Supreme Court hears arguments over California prison overcrowding

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could severely affect California’s prison population. KPCC’s Julie Small is in Washington, D.C. for today’s arguments.

Mental illness musical 'Next to Normal' arrives in Los Angeles

A rock musical that addresses mental illness may seem an unlikely candidate for Broadway, but “Next to Normal” is just that. It won three Tony Awards last year and this year's Pulitzer Prize for drama. Its touring company opened the show over the weekend at the Music Center in Los Angeles. Brian Yorkey wrote the words and lyrics.

Chairs flung at Los Cerritos mall food court on Black Friday

Retailers around Southern California wasted no time attracting holiday shoppers. Some began their Black Friday sales before Thanksgiving - and many flung open their doors last night and early this morning. And, some called the police a few hours ago to the Los Cerritos Center Mall where some guys were said to be flinging chairs in the food court.

Turkey and other food safety tips

Food Handling Tips