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

NPR's Ari Shapiro and Pink Martini return to the Hollywood Bowl

The NPR reporter who follows the president these days is taking a break to perform at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend.

Rosh Hashana gets underway at sundown; rabbi talks New York Islamic center, planned Quran burning

At sundown today, Jews will begin the observance of Rosh Hashana. It’s the two-day holiday that marks the Jewish New Year. And synagogues across the Southland are getting ready to welcome it. Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels is with the Beth Shir Sholom synagogue in Santa Monica. In his Rosh Hashana sermon, Comess-Daniels plans to talk about the proposed Islamic center in New York City near Ground Zero.

Foothills Transit unveils its new Ecoliner bus

A new kind of electric bus hits the road today here in southern California. It will carry a full load of passengers over 30 miles, stop for ten minutes, and fully recharge its batteries. The inventor points out the obvious: that’s a lot less time than it takes to charge your cell phone.

LA County fails to disclose child deaths; County could pass plastic bag ban

An independent audit finds that Los Angeles County officials are not following the state law that requires them to publicly disclose the deaths of children who have been abused or neglected. Also, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the county may pass a plastic bag ban of its own if a statewide ban fails to pass and be signed into law.

Legislature has until midnight to vote on pending bills; still no budget

The state legislature has until midnight to vote on a pile of pending bills. The ones they pass eventually will land on the governor’s desk.

'Neighbors' opens at the Matrix Theatre

An African-American family in blackface moves in next door. What's an upwardly mobile African-American and his white wife to do? "Neighbors" pushes most every possible boundary. "Neighbors" opens this weekend at the Matrix Theatre.

Settlement offered to Chatsworth Metrolink crash victims

The two rail operators responsible for a deadly commuter train accident near Los Angeles two years ago have agreed to a $200 million settlement with victims. The settlement is the largest allowed under federal law.

Sidebar: A look behind KPCC's prison medical series

KPCC's Julie Small talks to Steve Julian about what inspired her prison series, the findings and what to look forward to in the rest of the series. Small's series on prison medical care airs all this week on KPCC. The state's struggled to improve the medical care inside prisons for nearly a decade. Small has been reporting on that effort since a year after the receiver took over.

Civil rights activist Mario Obledo dies at 78

The man called "The Godfather of the Latino Movement" has died. Mario Obledo suffered a heart attack Wednesday in Sacramento. His credentials are long - he co-founded MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He was California’s secretary of Health and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown.

Will Rogers' legacy continues 75 years after his death

Will Rogers acted in vaudeville, commented on the radio, and wrote more than 4,000 newspaper columns. He was a cowboy philosopher who knew how to poke fun at the prominent people and issues of his day. Rogers died 75 years ago Sunday. This weekend, the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation commemorates his life. Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry never knew her great-grandfather (he died in a plane crash in 1935), but told KPCC’s Steve Julian that she remembers stories her late grandpa would tell her.

Firefighters honor 9/11 victims with run from LA to New York [Updated]

A team of American and Australian firefighters left the Santa Monica Pier at 8:46 this morning on a cross-country run to New York City to commemorate 9/11. It’s a relay run – six hours on, 12 hours off. Paul Richie is an Australian firefighter who’s taking part.

KTLA's Stan Chambers retires

When television news was first getting its footing in Los Angeles, Stan Chambers went to work for Channel 5, KTLA. That was 63 years ago, and today, Stan announced his retirement - on his 87th birthday.

USC's Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton on her Presidential Citizens Medal win

When President Obama recently awarded the Presidential Citizens Medals, he said, “What unites these citizens - what makes them special - is the determination they share ... to recognize when others are suffering and take it upon themselves to make a difference." One of the recipients is USC professor Roberta Diaz Brinton, who developed the STAR program. It encourages future doctors, scientists, and researchers to explore and help their world. [Audio: She talked to KPCC's Steve Julian on how the program got started.]

Proposition 8 ruling: The possible outcome, and what's next

A federal judge in San Francisco will release his ruling this afternoon on the constitutionality of Proposition 8. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s verdict comes two years after California voters banned same-sex marriage. That vote came only five months after the state Supreme Court had legalized those marriages.

Bell City Council cuts own salaries

Residents of Bell packed another City Council meeting Monday night, outraged over the council’s salaries and those of top administrators. The council responded to the concerns, but it wasn’t enough to quell calls for four of its members to resign. The council voted to slash its own salaries, but there was still an air of defiance.