Steve Proffitt Reporter/ Producer, Take Two
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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
Tesla now sells more cars in California than Cadillac. And one-third of all electric cars sold in the US are bought by drivers in LA and San Francisco.
50 years ago, the U.S. Postal Service introduced the zip code system to more efficiently and accurately deliver mail. But not everyone was excited about the idea.
On June 4, 50 years ago, Robert W. Patch of Chevy Chase, Maryland became the youngest person to receive a US patent.
There's been a lot of talk about the lack of interest in the LA mayor's race, and discussion of why the turnout — perhaps only 20 percent — will be so low.
On tap this week, we'll speak with someone not well known as a shutterbug, singer/songwriter Graham Nash. During his 50-year career as a rock star, Nash was also almost always taking pictures.
Back in the early 1970s, NASA funded a study about what life might be like on space colonies, complete with some amazing, futuristic illustrations.
The all new, all-electric Tesla S is the second act for the California company that first produced a tiny roadster. KPCC's Steve Proffitt took a ride in one and has a report.
KPCC's Steve Proffitt has the curious story of the Vee-Jay record label, and how they had, and lost, the recording rights to what would become the most successful pop band ever, The Beatles.
As we roll into Thanksgiving weekend, KPCC's Steve Proffitt shares some thoughts, and a few facts, about the modern celebration of this great American holiday.
Will high-speed rail end up putting a bullet in Governor Jerry Brown's initiative to raise taxes? KPCC's Steve Proffitt explains why voters are souring on the idea.
Living in Southern California has a lot of pluses - culture, a plethora of outdoor activities and the weather. But it also has a big minus — the cost of living. And some believe that it's getting even more expensive. KPCC's Steve Proffitt and Josie Huang get to the bottom of it.
With Facebook's IPO scheduled for next week, Steve Proffitt breaks down why the average Joe shouldn't worry too much about acquiring shares.
Steve Proffitt tells Madeleine about one way retailers are starting to use data that they collect from consumers online.
The estimated cost of a high speed rail in California has doubled. That's according to new figures out today from the High Speed Rail Authority. The $98.5 billion project still lacks complete funding from investors, but backers say it's still a good deal; the construction phase could bring 100,000 jobs to California.
The promise of traveling from L.A. to San Francsico in under three hours on a sleek bullet train is alluring, but the high speed rail line has run into some serious roadblocks. With at least a $45 billion price tag, coming up with the money to fund it is no easy task, especially in these times of rampant cost-cutting.