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
  • Lightning strike over the Queen Mary in Long Beach on June 30, 2015, when wind, showers and lighting rolled through the area late in the afternoon. (Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

    Summer Storm Brings Rain, Lightning and Temporary Beach Closures to SoCal

    A summer storm moved from San Diego County across much of the rest of Southern California Tuesday afternoon, bringing lightning and unseasonable rainfall, and prompting temporary beach closures. Beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties were under threat of lightning as the storms moved through the area at a speed of 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service. About 4:45 p.m., beachgoers in Los Angeles County were told to go inside as lightning was observed from Long Beach through […]

  • Henry Solis appears in court in downtown L.A. on June 30, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ex-LAPD Officer Charged With Murder Laughs During Court Appearance: Victim’s Family’s Attorney

    Former LAPD Officer Henry Solis appeared in court Tuesday, when his arraignment was postponed to July 17. He appeared to laugh in the courtroom, causing harm to the family of his alleged victim, Salome Rodriguez Jr., family attorney Gloria Allred said. Steve Kuzj reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on June 30, 2015.

  • The sun shines over towers carrying electrical lines in South San Francisco in 2007. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    1st Summer Flex Alert Issued Since 2013; Californians Urged to Conserve Energy Amid Heat Wave

    Amid an ongoing heat wave, state officials on Tuesday declared a Flex Alert for the first time in nearly two years, asking Californians to reduce energy use during peak afternoon and early evening hours. The alert is for Tuesday and Wednesday, and reduced energy consumption was urged between 2 and 9 p.m. both days. The Flex Alert was issued by the California Independent System Operator, a nonprofit corporation that operates the state’s electricity grid. It was the Cal ISO’s first […]

  • A photograph shows the former convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Feliz. (Credit: KTLA)

    Nuns Battle L.A. Archdiocese Over Plan to Sell Former Convent to Singer Katy Perry

    The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles was embroiled in a dispute with a group of nuns over the ownership and pending sale of a former convent in Los Feliz to music superstar Katy Perry for $14.5 million in cash. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Monday, June 29, 2015.  

  • Surveillance video shows an inmate attempting to jump from a walkway at the Twin Towers jail on Monday, June 22, 2015. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

    Deputy Intervenes as Suicidal Inmate Attempts to Jump From Upper-Level Walkway at Twin Towers Jail

    A sheriff’s deputy rescued a suicidal inmate by grabbing his wrist as he attempted to jump from a second-level walkway inside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. The incident happened June 22 in Module 162, which houses 192 of the jail’s approximately 2,400 mentally ill inmates, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Clarissa Torres was walking along an upper tier and allowing inmates to exit their cells to participate in group therapy, a daily […]

  • Attorney Luis Carrillo provided this photo, saying it shows his client Jose Juarez after a June 12 incident involving Azusa police.

    Man Shot by Azusa Police Had Violent Altercation With Officers Less Than 2 Weeks Earlier

    For the second time in less than a week, an investigation was underway in Azusa after a police officer shot a man, this time an individual who had recently had another violent altercation with officers, authorities said early Thursday. The shooting occurred in the 5000 block of North Conwell Avenue — in an unincorporated area adjacent to Azusa — at around midnight, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The man who was shot had had a confrontation with Azusa […]

  • Members of LAFD Camp 12 work a ridge off of The Old Road in the Newhall Pass in an attempt to halt the advice of a brush fire. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

    Calgrove Fire in Santa Clarita Burns 350 Acres; Evacuation Orders Affecting 1,000 People Lifted

    A third-alarm brush fire in Santa Clarita grew to 350 acres Wednesday, prompting freeway closures and the evacuation of about 1,000 people, and leaving at least one firefighter with minor injuries. The fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m. at Calgrove Boulevard at the 5 Freeway (map), according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was providing mutual aid. Dubbed the Calgrove Fire, the blaze was 5 to 10 acres as of 1:37 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department stated […]

  • Oscar Enrique Lazo was found dead on June 23, 2015. (Credit: DMV)

    Man Found Bludgeoned to Death on Westlake District Street; Attacker at Large

    Los Angeles police on Wednesday were investigating what led to the beating death of a 23-year-old man who was found lying in a street in the Westlake neighborhood. The victim, later identified as Oscar Lazo, was located in the area of Union Avenue and Rockwood Street at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Ryan Rabbett. The lieutenant said it appeared Lazo had been bludgeoned with an unknown object. He was apparently alone at the […]

  • Swimmers cool off at Malibu Creek State Park on June 23, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pollution at Swimming Holes in Santa Monica Mountains Cause for Concern: Study

    A new study from environmental advocacy group Heal the Bay found poor water quality at several popular freshwater swimming spots in the Santa Monica Mountains. The study found high levels of fecal indictor bacteria, particularly in Las Virgenes Creek and at the Rock Pool. Steve Kuzj reports from Malibu for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on June 23, 2015.