Steven Short


Steven has been with KALW News since it’s beginnings in 2004. His history, art and public interest stories have won awards for Breaking News, Feature Writing and Explanatory Journalism. Some of his reports have aired nationally on NPR.

He is responsible for The Source, a recurring feature on the origins of Bay Area place names. He also researches most of the listings for the Crosscurrents local music calendar and compiles the weekly online Cannabis News Round-up.



Mon May 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Le Panique

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What’s the point of seeing a band live? You want them to be lively, of course. And Le Panique, the band we’re featuring today, knows that. This group, from San Francisco, thinks that if the audience sees the band having fun, it will translate to them. You can check out that translation on Wednesday May 23, when they play Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland.


Mon May 21, 2012

Cannabis news roundup

Photo: Haight Ashbury cannabis shop. Credit: Creative Commons contributor g.kallenborn

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Thu May 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Creak

Oh, banjo music! Some people love it, others can’t stand it.

If you’re in the first group, you’ll want to know about the San Francisco band called The Creak.

They don’t remember who thought of the name, but they like it because it brings to mind “the sound of something old and worn-in and comfortable.”

They have a show scheduled for Friday (05.18) in San Francisco at The Lost Church on Capp Street, starting about 9pm. 


Wed May 16, 2012
Afternoon News Round Up

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition May 16, 2012

(Sacramento Bee) //  University of California students hissed Vice President Nathan Brostrom this morning at the UC Chancellor's meeting when he stated that administrators have full confidence in Chancellor Linda Katehi. This was the first time the UC Regents have met in Sacramento since 1993...

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Tue May 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

Tin Cup Serenade

Tin Cup Serenade, a fluid band known for an orbiting line up, will be performing a musical mixture that combines  Tim Pan Alley, Country & Western, and a healthy mix o' the Blues at Virachocha in San Francisco Thursday, May 17th at 8pm. They'll be celebrating the fifth year anniversary of Fog City Blues