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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
  • Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng appears in court to hear the jury's verdict in her murder trial in October 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    SoCal Doctor Who Overprescribed Drugs Gets 30 Years to Life in Triple Murder Sentence

    A Rowland Heights doctor who was the first U.S. physician to be convicted of murder for overprescribing drugs to patients who died was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in state prison. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, 46, dressed in a blue jail jumpsuit, showed no emotion as the sentence was read aloud in a downtown L.A. courtroom by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli. Moments earlier, however, she apologized to the families of her victims, many of whom […]

  • Steven Lawrence Wright is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Mistakenly Released Inmate Accused in Gang-Related Killing Sought by LASD

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department asked the public for help in their search for an inmate accused in a gang-related killing who was mistakenly released over the weekend. The inmate, 37-year-old Steven Lawrence Wright, was let go from the Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Reception Center at about 12:55 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release Monday. Authorities became aware of the mistake Sunday evening and immediately began searching for Wright with assistance from the Pasadena Police Department, according […]

  • Jenny Glinn, of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, walk past a large tree that fell into the intersection on Park Road inside Elysian Park after a wind storm on Jan. 31, 2016. (Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

    Storm Leaves More Than 150,000 Without Power in SoCal; Leaves 1 Dead in San Diego

    Powerful winds continued to sweep through Southern California on Monday, toppling trees and causing widespread power outages. The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services received 545 emergency requests for tree-related services from Saturday through Monday morning, said Paul Gomez, a spokesman for the city’s public works department. “That’s definitely more than normal,” Gomez said. A woman was rescued Monday in Burbank after being pinned by a large pine tree that fell at Clybourne Avenue and Sarah Street, said Capt. Peter […]

  • Jonathan Tieu and Hossein Nayeri are escorted back into an O.C. jail on Jan. 31, 2016. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Video: Escaped Inmates Arrive Back in Orange County, Are Escorted Back Into Jail

    One day after they were captured in San Francisco, the two remaining escaped inmates were taken back to a Santa Ana jail on Sunday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Jonathan Tieu and Hossein Nayeri arrived back at the Orange County Central Men’s Jail around 1 a.m., nearly nine days after they escaped with a third inmate from the maximum-security facility. Hours later, the Sheriff’s Department released video of the pair being escorted back into the jail. Nayeri, […]

  • Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu, right, are shown in photos distributed by OCSD.

    Citizen Tipped Police to Fugitives’ Stolen Van in S.F. Parking Lot Near Whole Foods Before Capture: OCSD

    The remaining two inmates who escaped from the Orange County Men’s Central Jail more than a week ago have been taken back into custody, the Sheriff’s Department announced Saturday. Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, were captured by personnel from the San Francisco Police Department just before 9 a.m. in the Park District, authorities said. “The entire state can breathe a sigh of relief because we have the other two dangerous individuals back in custody,” Orange County Sheriff Sandra […]

  • Police were called in when hundreds of people and cars began to gather on the iconic Sixth Street Bridge on Jan, 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hundreds of People, Cars Gather on 6th Street Bridge in Downtown L.A. on Eve of Closure

    Police were called in Tuesday night when hundreds of people and cars began to gather on the iconic Sixth Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles on the eve of its closure. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department moved in a line down the 84-year-old bridge forcing bystanders and vehicles to clear the roadway, aerial video showed. Only one person was arrested for failing to obey orders, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. The 3,500-foot bridge will be closed to traffic […]

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    New York-based Burger Joint Hopes to ‘Shake’ Things up in Southern California

    Burger fanatics got an early chance on Monday to experience Shake Shack on the west coast. The New York-based company is coming to Southern California in the next few weeks, hoping to give L.A. favorite In -N-Out Burger some serious competition. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released these photos of Jonathan Tieu, left, Hossein Nayeri, middle, and Bac Duong, right, on Jan. 23, 2016.

    Manhunt Continues for 3 ‘Very Dangerous’ Inmates Who Escaped Maximum-Security O.C. Jail

    An all-out search spanning multiple counties continued on Sunday for three “very dangerous” inmates who escaped the Orange County Men’s Jail in Santa Ana two days earlier, according to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “We have not stopped. We have been continuously investigating this since this escape occurred,” Hutchens told reporters at a 9 a.m. news conference on Sunday. An intense manhunt has been underway since sheriff’s officials discovered that 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu and 43-year-old Bac Duong had escaped the maximum-security facility on Friday. […]

  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released these photos of Jonathan Tieu, left, Hossein Nayeri, middle, and Bac Duong, right, on Jan. 23, 2016.

    3 Inmates Cut Through Steel Bars, Rappel From Rooftop to Escape Santa Ana Jail: O.C. Sheriff’s Dept.

    A search continued Saturday for three men who escaped from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail by apparently cutting through steel bars and rappelling down the side of the multistory facility, authorities said. Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, were all discovered unaccounted for about 9 p.m. Friday, Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said at a Saturday morning news conference. A search was immediately conducted at the Central Jail complex, located at […]