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 April 30, 2012
Cannabis News Round-up

SF Democrats demand that Feds cease cannabis closures

The San Francisco chapter of the Democratic Party is demanding that the Democratic administration in Washington immediately “cease all Federal actions in San Francisco, respect State and local laws, and stop the closure of City-permitted medical cannabis facilities.”

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Thu April 26, 2012
Arts & Culture


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Today's music is by “Loquat,” a San Francisco band. Do they take their name from the fruit of that name? Maybe – they’re not saying for sure. But they do say their music “doesn’t pander to fashion.” They’re heading the bill tomorrow, April 27, at The Independent in San Francisco, singing songs from their new album. Music begins about 9pm.


Wed April 25, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(BayCitizen) //  A necessary step in San Mateo's ability to accept and house an expected influx of low-level prisoners was approved at the County Board meeting yesterday. Last year 66 low-level prisoners entered the county's jail system sas part of the 2011 statewide realignment mandate. That number could be closer to 600 this year...

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Wed April 25, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Source: Doyle Drive and the Father of the Golden Gate Bridge

Frank P. Doyle cuts a chain with an acetylene torch at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Courtesy Sonoma County Library

You can’t talk transportation in the Bay Area without talking about bridges. Everybody knows the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you’re driving between the two, you travel on another bridge: an elevated and windy two-lane road through San Francisco's Presidio called Doyle Drive. That's changing this weekend, as the old Doyle Drive, built in 1937, continues the transformation into the Presidio Parkway.

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Wed April 25, 2012


The song you’re hearing is by the San Francisco band, LoCura. They sing in both Spanish and English, and their songs are influenced by styles from both Latin America and North America. Music on their new album highlights the diversity and commonalities that they have discovered and developed on the road. You’re likely to hear some of those discoveries when LoCura plays in Oakland on Friday April 27 at The New Parish. Doors open at 8 pm.