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
  • Summer Storm Brings Wild Weather to Parts of SoCal; Flash Flood, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Issued

    A summer storm blew through parts of the Southern California Thursday, bringing hail and heavy rain to parts of the Inland Empire and triggering a number of regional weather advisories. Thunderstorms earlier in the day brought about 2 1/4 inches of rain at Yucaipa Ridge near Forest Falls, while drenching Big Bear Lake with around 1 1/2 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. Areas like Beaumont, Cherry Valley and Big Bear Lake in particular appeared to be […]

  • Airsoft guns allegedly used during multiple robberies are displayed at a news conference in Fontana on Aug. 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    4 Arrested Teens Accused in Inland Empire Robbery Spree Targeting Pedestrians: Authorities

    Four teenage boys were arrested in connection with a string of robberies targeting pedestrians in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, authorities announced in a news conference on Tuesday, as the search for more potential victims continued. The three 16-year-olds and one 13-year-old are suspected of taking part in more than 15 robberies over the last few weeks, according to investigators. Riverside police stated in a previous news release that the boys allegedly borrowed their parents’ car to commit at least 10 […]

  • An airline employee stole an otherwise unoccupied passenger plane Friday from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and flew it for an hour with military jets chasing him before crashing in a wooded area 40 miles away. Credit: John Waldron via CNN Wire)

    Official Says Security Protocols Worked Correctly When Seattle Airport Worker Stole a Plane

    Even though an airport employee stole a plane and flew it for an hour before crashing, a Port of Seattle official said “all security protocols were handled appropriately” at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Commissioner Courtney Gregoire said the employee, Richard Russell, had a security badge, and that all employees are subject to background checks. She said the Friday night incident was a “one-in-a-million experience.” But she also said the airport, often known as Sea-Tac, will work on possible security improvements. “Our airport director, […]

  • Mount Rainier is seen from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 24, 2013. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Family of Airline Worker Who Stole Empty Plane From Seattle Airport, Crashed and Died Speaks Out

    Family members of Richard Russell say they are “stunned and heartbroken” after the airline worker stole a passenger plane Friday from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and was killed when he crashed 25 miles away. “This is a complete shock to us,” the family said in a statement they released Saturday night. “We are devastated by these events, and Jesus is truly the only one holding this family together right now.” The statement said Russell, 29, was “a faithful husband, a […]

  • Authorities investigate a deputy-involved shooting at the Lakewood sheriff's station on Aug. 10, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspect Wounded in Deputy-Involved Shooting Inside Lakewood Sheriff’s Station After Attacking Employee: LASD

    A man who was being booked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lakewood station was wounded in a deputy-involved shooting after taking a woman who works at the facility hostage on Friday, officials said. The incident occurred about 12:50 p.m. inside the sheriff’s station located at 5130 Clark Ave., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department. The woman, a sheriff’s custody assistant was booking the man into the jail when he allegedly got aggressive and physically violent […]

  • Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in Westlake District ID’d as 78-Year-Old Man

    A pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run crash in the Westlake neighborhood Friday morning has been identified by friends as a 78-year-old man. The deadly crash was reported about 5:20 a.m. near the intersection of Third Street and Union Avenue. Los Angeles Police Department officials said a 67-year-old man was crossing in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle. Friends of the victim later identified him as Byung Yu and said he is actually 78 years old, not 67 […]

  • A massive cloud of smoke rises from the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest along the Orange and Riverside county line on Aug. 8, 2018.

    Holy Fire Scorches 6,200 Acres in Cleveland National Forest as Arrest Is Made, Mandatory Evacuations Ordered

    After authorities arrested a man on Wednesday for allegedly starting a blaze that continued to scorch thousands of acres in the Cleveland National Forest, new mandatory evacuations were issued for residents in the Trabuco Canyon area. The Holy Fire had burned through 6,200 acres and was just 5 percent contained when officials arrested Forrest Gordon Clark, a 51-year-old man who lived in the area. He was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of two felony counts of arson, one felony count of […]

  • Sheriff deputies talk to Forrest Gordon Clark, a Holy Jim Canyon resident whose home was the only surviving structure in his 14 cabin area. (Credit: Mindy Schauer / Orange County Register via Getty Images)

    ‘This Is a Monster,’ O.C. Official Says of Man Accused of Starting the Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon Area

    A man suspected of starting a wildfire that has scorched thousands of acres starting in the Cleveland National Forest has been arrested, authorities announced Wednesday. The suspect, identified as 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark, was booked into jail Tuesday on suspicion of arson and other crimes, according to a tweet from the U.S. Forest Service. “This is a monster. Who would go out with low humidity, high wind and the highest heat temperatures this time of the year and intentionally set […]

  • Fast-Moving Brush Fire Burns 4,000 Acres in Trabuco Canyon Area, Triggering Mandatory Evacuations

    Mandatory evacuations have been ordered as firefighters battle a fast-moving brush fire that burned at least 4,000 acres in the Trabuco Canyon area on Monday, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The fire erupted around 1:30 p.m. in the Trabuco Creek area, which is a popular hiking trail that goes up to Santiago Peak, according to Jeanna Smith of the U.S. Forest Service. By 2 p.m., the fire was swiftly moving “across the main divide” between Orange and Riverside […]