Steve Kuzj

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
  • Southern California Edison power lines are seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    SCE Warns High Winds Could Lead to Thousands of Power Shutoffs

    Southern California Edison is considering cutting power to thousands of customers Thursday over concerns that high winds could cause a wildfire. Forecasters are calling for an extended period of moderate to strong northerly winds beginning Thursday and continuing into early next week. Peak wind gusts will reach between 40 and 60 mph in some areas, the National Weather Service stated. The strongest winds will likely be recorded over the Santa Barbara South Coast, Santa Ynez Range and the I-5 Corridor. […]

  • A firefighting helicopter works the Saddleridge Fire as smoke blows over homes on Oct. 11, 2019 near Porter Ranch. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    8,000-Acre Saddleridge Fire Is 33% Contained as Winds Weaken in San Fernando Valley

    Firefighters battling the massive Saddleridge Fire that exploded in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday and forced the evacuation of thousands of homes made progress overnight with the weakening of the Santa Ana winds. The size of the blaze grew slightly to just under 8,000 acres, or 12.5 square miles, and was 33% contained, fire officials announced Saturday evening. #SaddleRidgefire; 10/12/19 PM Update; 7965 acres 33% contained. All evacuations have been lifted. #LAFD #LACoFD #ANF #LAPD #LASD Details: […]

  • Flames and smoke rise from the Saddleridge Fire on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    At Least 16,000 Homes Evacuated as Saddleridge Fire Burns 11 Square Miles in San Fernando Valley

    Driven by winds, the massive Saddleridge Fire has burned through more than 7,500 acres and destroyed at least 31 structures in the northern San Fernando Valley, authorities said Friday. A man died of cardiac arrest as firefighters worked to put the growing flames moving west from where the fire started in Sylmar, authorities said. The brush fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Thursday near the Yarnell Road exit of the 210 Freeway, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Within […]

  • Firefighters battle a wildfire near homes in Sylmar on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Saddleridge Fire Tears Through the San Fernando Valley Amid High Winds; Mandatory Evacuations Issued

    A brush fire ignited near homes in Sylmar late Thursday, threatening homes and prompting evacuations, authorities said.hopef The Saddleridge Fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. along the 210 Freeway, near Yarnell Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The flames consumed more than 4,600 acres by 3 a.m. Friday, burning uphill, fanned by heavy Santa Ana winds,” fire officials said. Firefighters had yet to establish any containment lines. An “unknown number” of homes were potentially in the path […]

  • This file photo shows a view of the power lines as evening settles in Pico Rivera. (Credit: David McNew/Newsmakers)

    PG&E Faces Hostility Over Deliberate Blackouts for Millions of Californians

    Even as the winds gusted dangerously as forecast, California’s biggest utility faced hostility and second-guessing Thursday for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric and ordinary customers complained about the inconveniences caused by the unprecedented blackouts that began Wednesday, with many wondering: Did PG&E go too far in its attempt to ward off more deadly fires? Could the utility have been more targeted in deciding whose electricity […]

  • A sign advertises $5 gasoline at a Mobil station in West Los Angeles on Oct. 8, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Gas Prices Reach $5 at Some California Stations, Including in Los Angeles Area

    Gas prices are at their highest level in California in five years, but even as some stations are charging $5 a gallon, one analyst predicts there may soon be relief for motorists at the pump. A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline reached an average of $4.19 in the Golden State Tuesday. That follows a 16-cent spike in gas prices statewide, the biggest weekly increase in the U.S. over a period that ended Monday, AAA reported. Gas prices haven’t been this […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, arrives at a lectern to speak to reporters following the Republican policy luncheon at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C on Sept. 24, 2019. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    McConnell: Senate Must Take up Impeachment If House Approves

    At one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the president raged about treason. At the other, the methodical march toward impeachment proceeded apace. Democrats on Monday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was at the heart of Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden’s family. That was after one of Trump’s staunchest defenders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said he would have “no choice” but to consider articles of impeachment if the House approved them. With […]

  • A car involved in a fatal crash in Gramercy Park is seen on Sep. 27, 2019. (Credit: RMG News)

    Man Killed in Possible Street Racing Crash in South L.A.

    Surveillance video from a home in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles shows a speeding silver Mazda violently slamming into a parked van early Friday morning. As the car crashes, forcefully pushing the van forward, another dark-colored vehicle quickly drives past the collision. Authorities said the 29-year-old man driving the Mazda appears to have lost control, swerved onto oncoming traffic and crashed shortly after midnight on Western Avenue near 93rd Street. The driver became trapped in the vehicle […]

  • The victim, identified only as 13-year-old Diego, is seen in a photo tweeted out by a family member.

    Family to Donate Organs of 13-Year-Old Boy Fatally Sucker-Punched at Moreno Valley School

    A 13-year-old boy seriously injured in an attack involving two other students at a Southern California middle school is “clinically dead” after life-saving treatments failed, authorities said Wednesday. The family of the teen identified only as “Diego” plans to donate his organs, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release. “Preparations by Diego’s family are underway for organ donation to transform this tragedy into the gift of life for other children,” the statement read. The student was assaulted Sept. […]

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