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

Retailers put your online data to work

Steve Proffitt tells Madeleine about one way retailers are starting to use data that they collect from consumers online.

California's high speed railroad will cost $98.5 billion

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.

Is high speed rail running out of steam?

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.

Occupy LA grows in size, gains media exposure

Occupy LA protesters remain camped out on the lawn at city hall. The demonstrators are acting in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and are planning to broaden their protest this Saturday with an event they are calling the “International Day of Action.”

Crude oil prices are down, so why is gas still so expensive?

Gas prices remain stubbornly high, even though lower demand has driven down the price of crude oil. Steve Proffitt joins us to explain why.

AniWikiLeaks: Cartoon take on the WikiLeak News

As suggested by a listener/commenter, here's the Taiwanese animation studio/intertube news agency NWA's take on the Assange saga:

Foreclosure Mess: Excruciating, But Must-Watch Video

We've reported on the program about the mysterious organization called MERS, that ended up holding almost 60% of all the home mortgages written in this country. And we talked about the so-called robo-signers, workers hired by banks and mortgage companies to check the accuracy of information in foreclosure documents.

Mystery Rocket? Or Over-hyped Illusion?

The entire world, or certainly the Twitter-connected part of it, became obsessed with what appeared to be the trail of a rocket, or missle, or something, shot by a TV helicopter at sundown yesterday.

Meg's Flying Private, Jerry's Going Southwest: Details From Campaign Expense Reports

It's not news that Meg Whitman vastly outspent her opponent Jerry Brown in the race for California Governor. Although the final tally is not in, the Whitman campaign spent roughly $6 for every $1 the Brown campaign invested.

MERS' little secret

Here’s a bit of a Halloween horror story. A little-known company that has no paid employees holds 60% of all mortgages recorded in the United States.

A few other things Meg Whitman could have done with her dough

The latest figures show Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign has spent about $163 million promoting her candidacy. At least $140 million of that has come from her own pocket.

Genopolitics: Does Your DNA Define Your Ideology?

Could your fundamental political beliefs be a result of your genetic makeup? Could things like the way your brain reacts to seratonin make you more, or less likely to vote?

Could Bad Mortgages Mean B of A Goes Bust?

The latest aftershock from the housing meltdown threatens one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. In early 2008, Bank of America bought Countrywide, then the nation’s largest home loan company. Countrywide had been devastated by risky loan writing practices, and B of A essentially bought it at fire sale prices.

Steve Proffitt and Pension Shortfalls

One issue in the California governor's race - and in other races across the country - is what to do about the ballooning costs of paying pensions for government workers. Over the years, unions representing public employees have negotiated pension deals for their workers that pay them up to 90 percent of their salary for life, sometimes even if they retire at age 50.

Desperate Turn

You've already heard about the stunt that shut down the Hollywood Freeway this morning. A musical trio that calls itself Imperial Stars parked their band's moving van-size truck sideways on the 101, climbed on top, and began performing this song, which is apparently not, in spite of all appearances, a parody of any kind: