Steve Proffitt Reporter/ Producer, Take Two

Steve Proffitt
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Steve Proffitt is a producer and reporter for KPCC's "Take Two" show. One of the original members of the Madeleine Brand Show staff, Steve plans and executes much of the program’s hard news coverage and manages a stable of contributors that includes The Sklar Brothers, Jennifer Sharpe, Peter Mehlman, and Mike Pesca.

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 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.

In the early days of the internet, he ran a small Web development group for an agency owned by the Japanese advertising giant, Dentsu, and later worked for the internet and technical consultancy Sapient.

Immediately before joining KPCC, Steve was part of a team at KCET’s SoCal Connected that won a Dupont-Columbia award for coverage of local issues. He also teaches undergraduates the basics of journalism as an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School.

Proffitt is a fairly accomplished musician, photographer, baseball coach and handyman. But radio has always been, and remains, his first love.


Stories by Steve Proffitt

Is my car one of the 34 million with bad airbags?

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.

Volvo: no one will die in our new cars by 2020

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.

Motorcycles win starring roles in summer movies

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.

A no-water way to keep your car shining through the drought

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.

Danger afoot–startling facts about pedestrian fatalities

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: the bare minimum you need to know

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.

Never seen a 'Fast and Furious' movie? Read this FAQ

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

The Wheel Thing: 6 hot, new female-friendly motorcycles

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.

Stuff you should know about buying, owning and selling a car

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.

Lane splitting: legal in California, but still dangerous

Motorists, stuck in traffic, watching motorcycles slip by. It's called lane splitting, and California is the only state that allows it.

Ultracars in Geneva, pimping your ride in Burbank

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.

New parking apps, easy and sometimes cheaper, too

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.

The King of Hammers: Desert off-road racing at its craziest

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.

The Wheel Thing: Too old to drive? How to tell

Within a decade a quarter of all drivers in the U. S. will be over 65. Some help on understand if you, or someone you love, needs to hang up the keys.

Electric bikes: Time for a second look

Americans haven't really taken to electric bikes, which are popular in Europe and Asia. But a few big players are trying to change that.