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 transformer exploded as firefighters worked to shut off a sheared hydrant in Hollywood on Aug. 27, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Sent Running As Flames Shoot From Doused Power Pole in Hollywood

    Water from a sheared fire hydrant came in contact with high-voltage power lines Thursday morning resulting in a fiery Hollywood explosion that sent firefighters running. The incident began when the fire hydrant was sheared just before 7 a.m. in the 6700 block of West Santa Monica Boulevard (map), Erik Scott with the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed a white car still sitting near the sheared hydrant as water was shooting roughly 50 to 60 feet into the […]

  • Pablo Pinto Mata was identified Aug. 25, 2015, as the suspect in the killing of Maria Delrefugio Chavez, who disappeared in 2009. (Credit: LASD)

    Suspect in Killing of Woman Found Buried in Valinda Yard Is Fugitive Santeria Priest Accused of Rape

    The human remains found buried in the backyard of a Valinda home were identified Tuesday as those of an El Monte woman who has been missing for more than six years, and a Santeria priest also accused of raping a teenage girl was named as the suspect in her killing. The recovery of Maria Delrefugio Chavez’s remains began Aug. 6, after investigators received a tip about the location of her body. Chavez was found buried next to a home in the 700 block of […]

  • Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena has notified patients that they may have been infected by a contaminated medical scope made by Olympus Corp. Above, Olympus showcases its ERCP scopes at a Washington medical conference in May. (Credit: Chad Terhune/Los Angeles Times)

    Huntington Memorial Hospital Investigating Bacterial Infections Tied to Scopes

    A Pasadena hospital is investigating a suspected outbreak related to the same type of medical scope tied to superbug infections across the country, the Los Angeles Times has learned. Huntington Memorial Hospital said Wednesday it has alerted health authorities about a potential link between patients who have the bacteria known as pseudomonas and the Olympus Corp. duodenoscopes used to treat them. Deadly bacteria can become trapped inside the reusable devices and get passed on to future patients. The hospital said […]

  • Courtney Cargill is seen in a photo shown during a news conference on Aug. 19, 2015.

    Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against California’s Largest Nursing Home Company

    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the company that owns and operates the most nursing homes in California. Steve Kuzj reports from South Pasadena for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 19, 2015.

  • Fergus is shown getting treatment on Aug. 18, 2015. (Credit: Steve Kuzj/KTLAT

    Golden Retriever Recovering After Being Doused With Battery Acid, Left for Dead in Lancaster

    A young golden retriever nicknamed “Fergus” was making a remarkable recovery Tuesday after being found on a street in Lancaster suffering from severe burns down his entire back. Members of the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue picked Fergus up at the shelter and brought him to the Animal Medical Center of Southern California in West Los Angeles for treatment, according to a post on a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Fergus’ medical bills. Veterinarians at the center […]

  • Three Men Arrested in Connection With Series of Restaurant Burglaries in Covina

    Security cameras recorded three men force their way into at least three different closed restaurants on Monday in Covina. Steve Kuzj reports from Covina for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

  • Fires were burning in Ventura County on Aug. 14, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    189-Acre Rustic Fire in Simi Valley at 50% Containment After Threatening 500 Homes

    Firefighters on Friday night were gaining the upper hand on a brush fire in Simi Valley that had threatened hundreds of home in the area, officials said. The Rustic Fire, burning in the 500 block of Rustic Hills Drive (map), had destroyed about 189 acres by 8:30 p.m. but was 50 percent contained, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. It began before 3:45 p.m. “We’re extremely busy here in Ventura County,” said county fire Capt. Barry Parker. “The weather is […]

  • Lifeguards carry an injured girl to a stretcher after she was stung by a stingray at Will Rogers State Beach on Aug. 14, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    More Than a Dozen People Stung by Stingrays on L.A. County Beaches in 2 Days

    More than a dozen people have been stung by stingrays that have been drawn to Los Angeles County beaches by warm ocean temperatures and calm seas, according to lifeguards. Two people were stung during separate encounters with stingrays at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades Friday while KTLA crews were on scene. “We have seen countless stingrays throughout the Santa Monica Bay, with several causing stingray hits,” said Capt. Kenichi Haskett of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division. “When going into the […]

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    ‘Chaos’ as Costco Evacuated in Burbank Amid Fire Department Hazmat Response

    A full hazardous materials response was taking place Thursday afternoon at a Costco in Burbank, and the store was evacuated, a fire official said. The call came in to the Burbank Fire Department at 4:10 p.m., according to a dispatcher. Another operator with the department told KTLA the response was caused by freon, the  refrigerant used in air conditioning systems. Shoppers at the store described hearing a bang and then everyone rushing to the exits. “Everybody started running,” Sean Barjhordar said. […]