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Steve Kuzj joined KTLA as a general assignment reporter in April 2013.

Prior to moving to L.A., Steve worked as a multimedia journalist and anchor for the ABC station in Phoenix. He also spent time reporting for CBS in Atlanta.

Over the years, Steve has received numerous Emmy nominations, and has won for “Best On-Air Reporter.”

The Minnesota native found a passion for story telling and journalism in high school. He took that passion to the University of Minnesota, graduating with degrees in journalism and business.

When not reporting, Steve loves tinkering with electronics, hitting the gym, hiking mountains and scuba diving. He is also a wilderness survival expert, and Eagle Scout. If you ever see him out on a story, feel free to go up and say “hi,” but bad guys be warned, Steve has a second-degree black belt in mixed-martial arts and has been doing karate since he was just 5 years old.


Recent Articles
  • The Thomas Fire was burning in area of Summerland and Montecito, near the city of Santa Barbara, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thomas Fire Still Threatening Thousands of Homes as It Burns Deeper Into Santa Barbara County; Blaze 20% Contained

    The Thomas Fire, which became the fifth largest blaze in California history on Sunday, is likely to continue to grow Monday as it burns deeper into Santa Barbara County and threatens thousands of homes. Gusty Santa Ana winds will push the fire, which has burned 231,700 acres — or 362 square miles, according to a Cal Fire update Monday morning. The fire was 20 percent contained. The extreme fire behavior will hinder control efforts Monday and have firefighters focused again on […]

  • A Bonsall neighborhood is seen after being charred in the Lilac Fire on Dec. 8, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Some Evacuation Orders Lifted in 4,100-Acre Lilac Fire in San Diego County; Containment at 15%

    Some evacuation orders were lifted Friday evening in the Lilac Fire as containment of the 4,100-acre blaze burning in San Diego County rose to 15 percent. The blaze has destroyed at least 105 structures since breaking out Thursday morning in the Bonsall area, between Carlsbad and Temecula, according to Cal Fire. About 1,500 structures remained threatened. On Friday, crews were working to stop forward progress of the flames that were covering an area east of Oceanside, north of Vista and […]

  • A home is consumed by fire during the Thomas fire on December 7, 2017 in Ojai. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Thomas Fire Raging in Ventura County Increases to About 180 Square Miles; Nearly 440 Structures Destroyed

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. The Thomas Fire, which continues burning in Ventura County and is moving toward Santa Barbara, has increased to 115,000 acres, or about 180 square miles, officials announced Thursday evening. The blaze, which began in Santa Paula area on Monday, is 5 percent contained. Nearly 440 structures have been destroyed in the fire, officials estimated, but explained that the number is preliminary. In Ventura, 427 structures were destroyed, while […]

  • A resident cries as the Thomas Fire approaches the town of La Conchita early Dec. 7, 2017. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

    Raging 150-Square-Mile Thomas Fire Prompts Mandatory Evacuations in Santa Barbara County

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. As evacuation orders continue to expand amid the massive Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County, residents trying to flee the danger areas had to work around closures on the 101 Freeway and Highway 150 Thursday. The fire has burned 96,000 acres — or about 150 square miles — and is just 5 percent contained, fire officials tweeted Thursday morning. By early evening, new evacuation orders were issued for Santa Barbara […]

  • The Skirball Fire flares in Bel-Air on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    450-Acre Skirball Fire Burns Homes in Bel-Air Area, Prompts Evacuations Affecting 46,000 People

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check KTLA.com frequently for updates. A brush fire that erupted near the Getty Center early Wednesday morning burned at least four homes, prompted mandatory evacuation orders in some of Los Angeles’ most affluent neighborhoods, and temporarily shut down a major portion of the busy 405 Freeway. The Skirball Fire started near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. By 10 p.m., the fire […]

  • Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air vineyard is shown on the Moraga Estate website.

    Skirball Fire Burns Near Rupert Murdoch’s Bel-Air Vineyard

    The Bel-Air fire that has destroyed homes and forced major evacuations is burning near the vineyard estate of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch’s property, but the compound burned. Around 1:30 pm a firefighter with Los Angeles County drove by Murdoch’s property and noticed a portion of his vineyards on fire with gray smoke filling the air. He quickly radioed in to other firefighters who within minutes showed up and pried open the […]

  • The Rye Fire continued to rage out of control in the Santa Clarita area on Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Rye Fire Burning in Santa Clarita Threatens Nearby Simi Valley, Remains 5 Percent Contained

    A 5,000-acre brush fire in Santa Clarita remained at 5 percent containment Tuesday evening, prompting authorities to issue an advisory to residents of nearby Simi Valley. The fire could reach the Simi Valley area due to heavy winds, the Simi Valley Police Department said in a statement. “Residents on the northern side of the City should be aware of this possibility and be prepared to evacuate if necessary,” the statement said. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, evacuations have not been […]

  • Yorba Linda Couple Opens Lake Arrowhead Home for Military Families

    A Yorba Linda couple opened a Lake Arrowhead cabin for active military families to use as a sanctuary. For more information about “For families of active military, visit https://www.ffamsocal.org. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 4, 2017.

  • Joseph Boston, 18, is seen in a photo released by the Riverside Police Department on Dec. 2, 2017.

    18-Year-Old in Riverside Arrested, Charged After Admitting to Molesting Over 50 Kids: Police

    An 18-year-old man in Riverside admitted to his mother he had molested 8- and 4-year-old boys in a motel — a confession that led to him being arrested and charged Saturday after also admitting to molesting more than 50 kids over several years, authorities said. Since the age of 10, Joseph Hayden Boston had molested dozens of other children in different cities where he’s lived, according to the Riverside Police Department. Police said Boston admitted to the alleged crimes that […]