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
  • A swimmer was being treated on Venice Beach after being struck by lightning on July 27, 2014. (Credit: Peter Faust)

    Venice Beach Lightning Strike Leaves 1 Dead, 7 Hospitalized

    One person died and seven others were hospitalized after being hit by lightning at Venice Beach on Sunday afternoon amid a rare series of summer thunderstorms in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The strike occurred at about 2:50 p.m. in the 3500 block of South Ocean Front Walk (map), LAFD spokeswoman Katherine Main said. A powerful bolt of lightning apparently hit the water near the pier, electrifying it and zapping swimmers and surfers who were in […]

  • Xinran Ji, who was killed in an attack near his off-campus apartment by USC, is seen in a photo from his LinkedIn page.

    USC Grad Student Dies After Being Attacked by 3 People Just Blocks From Campus

    A University of Southern California engineering graduate student who was found dead in his off-campus apartment on Thursday was the victim of a brutal assault, police said. The man’s body was discovered just after 7 a.m. on the fourth floor of City Park Apartments, which is located just blocks from campus in the 1200 block of West 30th Street (map), according to Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department. The student was identified as Xinran Ji by Dean […]

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    Victims ID’d in Wrong-Way Crash on 210 Freeway That Left 3 Dead, 2 Injured

    Three people were killed and two others were injured after an alleged wrong-way driver collided head-on with another vehicle on the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga early Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol. A male driver was allegedly going westbound on the eastbound lanes of the freeway at Beech Avenue when the collision occurred shortly after 2 a.m., CHP Captain Joe Flores said. The CHP had received reports that a dark-colored Hyundai Elantra was seen in the carpool lane […]

  • Arnulfo Rodarte, left, and Sylvester Curameng were arrested after being seen on surveillance video at a Target in San Pedro, authorities said. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.)

    3 Members of Identity-Theft Crew Arrested in South Bay: Authorities

    Three members of an identity-theft crew have been arrested in Lomita after targeting more than 20 people in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, authorities said. Arnulfo Rodarte, of San Pedro, and Sylvester Curameng, of Torrance, are accused of burglary, identity theft and possession of personal profiles belonging to their victims, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Andrea Serrao, of San Pedro, was arrested for embezzlement, the release said. Surveillance video showed Rodarte […]

  • Travelers pass through John Wayne Airport in 2011. A man who allegedly told federal agents he was traveling overseas hoping to join Al Qaeda breakaway group ISIS was arrested at the airport July 2, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    SoCal Man Who Allegedly Hoped to Join ISIS Arrested at O.C. Airport En Route to Turkey

    An Orange County man who allegedly told federal agents that he was going overseas to help the Al Qaeda breakaway group ISIS is set to be arraigned Monday on charges of lying on a U.S. passport application. Adam Dandach,  also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach, was about to board a flight at John Wayne aiport when he was stopped by the FBI’s Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force on July 2, according to a federal indictment. The flight was headed […]

  • A man walks on July 17, 2014, among the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner after it crashed near the town of Shaktarsk in rebel-held east Ukraine. The plane was shot down over Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile Thursday but it was unclear who fired the weapon, U.S. officials said. (Credit: Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Malaysia Airlines Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine: U.S. Official; 298 on Board Included 3 Infants

    A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, prompting swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that “terrorists” shot down the aircraft. The United States has concluded a missile shot down the Malaysia airlines plane, but hasn’t pinpointed who was responsible, a senior U.S. official told CNN’s Barbara Starr. The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard fell from the sky near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, officials said. A […]

  • Ben Carlson is seen in a photo posted on social media by the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division. (Credit: @LACoLifeguards/via Twitter)

    Thousands Turn Out to Honor ‘Hero’ Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson, Who Drowned Saving Swimmer

    A city lifeguard who was hailed as a hero after he drowned saving a swimmer in distress one week earlier was honored in Newport Beach during two separate memorials on Sunday. Thousands of people showed up for a memorial paddle out and “Celebration of Life” for 32-year-old Ben Carlson, who died in the line of duty after he and the swimmer he was rescuing were struck by 10 to 12 foot waves late last Sunday afternoon. The unidentified rescued swimmer […]

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    San Bernardino Hit-and-Run Leaves Teenage Girl Dead, 2 Sisters Hospitalized

    A hit-and-run crash in San Bernardino on Friday evening left a 13-year-old girl dead and her two sisters hospitalized, authorities and the victims’ mother said. The two-vehicle collision occurred about 9:05 p.m. at the intersection of West Rialto Avenue and South Arrowhead Avenue (map), said Lt. Travis Walker of the San Bernardino Police Department. A Kia occupied by two men was traveling northbound on Arrowhead when it broadsided an Acura Integra carrying three female occupants, according to a news release. […]

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    Santa Ana Fisherman Reels in 482-Pound Pacific Halibut

    A 76-year-old Santa Ana man reeled in a massive Pacific halibut weighing in just shy of the record.