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Steve Proffitt is a program developer, producer and editor. Among his responsibilities – a series on personal transportation, The Wheel Thing, and Take Two's weekly look inside the film business, On the Lot.
Steve has a long history working across a broad spectrum of media. A native of Louisiana, he began his career at public radio station KERA in Dallas before moving to NPR in Washington, DC. Proffitt has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1984, where he's worked for CBS News and served for over a decade as a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion. Prior to joining KPCC, he was senior producer for NPR’s "Day to Day" program.
Stories by Steve Proffitt
You're 37 times more likely to die riding a motorcycle than driving a car. Now, an Italian firm is offering 'wearable' airbags for motorcyclists.
Airbags that can kill. A recall of faulty bags has been dramatically expanded to 34 million cars. Find out if yours is one of them.
Volvos. Known for being safe. But can the company deliver on it's promise that by 2020 there will be no deaths or serious injuries in its new cars.
It's hard to think of an action movie without a car chase, but motorcycle chases are almost as ubiquitous. This summer, you'll see a lot of bikes in action movies.
Can't bear a grimy car, even though you want to save water during the drought? No-water car washes can keep you shining without spilling a drop.
Seat belts, airbags and other safety equipment has lowered the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. But not for folks walking who are hit by those cars.
Drifting: it's an exciting, crazy style of auto racing that's become wildly popular. Here's the absolute minimum you need to know about it.
The latest in the turbocharged, car-crazed action series, "Fast and Furious" opens this weekend. What? Never seen ANY of them? Here's an FAQ
Women make up, at most, only about a quarter of motorcycle riders. But manufacturers are trying hard to change that, with a bevy of female-friendly bikes.
How's your automotive financial IQ? Auto critic Susan Carpenter offers a short lesson in the financial basics of buying, owning and selling a car.
Motorists, stuck in traffic, watching motorcycles slip by. It's called lane splitting, and California is the only state that allows it.
The Wheel Thing: Two sides of the sometimes insane auto biz. Super-duper-ultra cars at the Geneva car show, and a Disneyland for custom car fans in LA.
ZIRX and Luxe - two new parking apps offer valet pickup and delivery, and a flat $15-a-day rate that's often cheaper than parking in a lot yourself.
Every February, a little city pops up in the desert north of Palm Springs. Off-roader and fans gather for what might be the wildest race in motorsports.
Within a decade a quarter of all drivers in the U. S. will be over 65. Some help on understanding if you, or someone you love, needs to hang up the keys.