Steve Kuzj
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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
  • Ceremony Marks the Contribution of Mexican Americans on Memorial Day

    The sacrifices made by Mexican American members of the armed forces were remembered Monday at a Memorial Day ceremony in Los Angeles. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, May 25, 2015.

  • Danny Reid's video camera was filming as the paddleboarder encountered an apparent great white shark in waters off Sunset Beach. (Credit: KTLA)

    Paddleboarder’s Video Camera Captures Encounter With Shark Off Sunset Beach

    A paddleboarder’s video camera captured an encounter with a shark in waters off Sunset Beach. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

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    Once Body-Shamed Online, ‘Dancing Man’ Gets Hollywood Party in His Honor

    More than two months after being body-shamed and bullied online for dancing in public, a United Kingdom man known as the “Dancing Man” was honored at a party in Hollywood Saturday night. The event at the Avalon nightclub for Sean O’Brien was the result of an outpouring of public support that began with a simple plea back in March on Twitter to find the “dancing man.” O’Brien first gained international attention after images of a then-unidentified man being body-shamed on […]

  • Stunning GoPro video captured a shark swimming in Sunset Harbor on May 11, 2015. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Great White Shark Sightings Prompt Advisories for O.C. Beaches

    Recent great white shark sightings prompted the Huntington Beach Police Department to issue an advisory for Orange County beaches Friday. There have been several sightings during the past week off the coast of Sunset Beach and Seal Beach, according to the advisory. “Shark Advisory” signs have been posted along the entire Sunset Beach surf line and are expected to remain through the holiday weekend, according to the Police Department. Lifeguards also posted the advisory signs along the northern section of Bolsa […]

  • Deputies were believed to have fired teargas in response to the standoff in Topanga on May 21, 2015. (Credit: Keith Holland)

    Woman, 70, Barricaded in Topanga Mobile Home After Allegedly Displaying Gun

    A woman who called for medical assistance Thursday morning barricaded herself in a Topanga mobile home for hours after she allegedly pulled out a handgun when first responders arrived, authorities said. The incident took place in the Woodland Park Mobile Estates, located at 4201 Topanga Canyon Blvd. (map), after the 70-year-old woman called for assistance about 5:35 a.m., Deputy Knott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. When crews arrived, including a paramedic and a deputy, the woman displayed a handgun and then barricaded […]

  • Oil darkens the waters off Refugio State Beach after a spill on May 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Up to 105,000-Gallon Crude Oil Spill Prompts State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County

    A cleanup effort was underway Wednesday at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, where an oil spill from a nearby pipeline left the sand polluted and created two separate slicks stretching across 9 miles of the Pacific Ocean and totaling up to a “worst-case scenario” of up to 105,000 gallons. The leak, located along an underground pipe that is part of a larger oil transportation network, was stopped Tuesday afternoon after crude oil poured onto the surrounding ground, down a canyon, […]

  • Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) discusses making a Native American "war cry" gesture. (Credit: Peter Jamison/Los Angeles Times)

    ‘I Said Something Offensive … I Sincerely Apologize,’ Rep. Loretta Sanchez Says After ‘War Cry’

    U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday for making a stereotypical Native American “war cry” gesture that disrupted the opening phase of her campaign. In remarks to hundreds of delegates at the state Democratic Party convention in Anaheim, the Orange County congresswoman said Native Americans “know that I have always had their backs.” “And they know what many of you don’t know — that like so many Mexican Americans, I am proudly Native American on my mother’s side,” Sanchez said. […]

  • A still image from an Instagram video by @this_means shows lightning in the Hollywood area on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

    More Rain Expected to Drench SoCal Following Storm That Brought Lightning, Hail, Snow

    Southern California was bracing for a second wave of rain on Friday after a late-season storm brought thunderstorms, lightning, hail and even snow to the drought-stricken area the previous night. Following a lull in rain overnight, the National Weather Service stated that the second part of the storm system would begin to move across the coast and into southern areas of the region Friday morning. While showers were forecast to soak much of southern Los Angeles County, isolated thunderstorms capable […]

  • Paul Tanaka, shown in 2014, surrendered to authorities May 14, 2015, after being indicted by a federal grand jury investigating excessive force and corruption in L.A. County jails. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

    Former L.A. County Undersheriff Indicted, Suspected of Impeding FBI Jail Abuse Investigation

    A high-profile former second-in-command at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department — who last year ran unsuccessfully for sheriff — has been indicted for allegedly overseeing a scheme to disrupt an FBI investigation into the abuse of inmates at county jails. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who is the mayor of the city of Gardena, was indicted Wednesday on federal charges after a monthslong grand jury proceeding. Alongside Tanaka, former sheriff’s Capt. William “Tom” Carey was also charged. The two men […]