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
  • Firefighters battle a massive blaze at a commercial fire in Paramount on Aug. 19, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Site of Explosive Paramount Blaze Investigated as Possible Drug Operation: Fire Officials

    The site of a large fire that sparked explosions and sent flames and black smoke shooting into the air in Paramount Monday morning is being investigated as a possible drug operation, officials said. The fire was reported at a commercial building about 10:40 a.m. along the 7300 block of East Somerset Street and firefighters were on scene within a minute, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Flames and black smoke were billowing out of the roof of the […]

  • Steve Kuzj Visits Cavaretta’s Italian Deli for Picnic Perfect Sandwiches, Sides and Desserts

    Cavaretta’s Italian Deli in Canoga Park may look like it’s out of the 1950s, and that’s because it is. Founded in 1959, this East Coast-style deli is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Not much has changed during that time, and that’s what customers love. Everything you order at Cavaretta’s comes with side of conversation and a heaping of hospitality. Steve Kuzj visited Cavaretta’s recently and got to try the famous Italian cold-cut sandwich, plus hand-rolled meatballs in marinara and […]

  • On the left: Alfredo Carrera and his girlfriend are seen in an undated photo provided by family. On the right, José Flores Velazquez is seen in an image posted on

    2 Childhood Friends Killed in South L.A.-Area Shooting ID’d as UC Irvine PhD Student, Father-to-Be

    Investigators on Thursday are working to determine what prompted a drive-by shooting  that killed two lifelong friends and injured another man on a South Los Angeles-area street as they released the names of the victims. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as Jose Flores Velazquez and Alfredo Carrero, both 24 years old. Flores Velazquez’s father told KTLA his son was actually 23. The two young men became friends as children and grew up together on the same Florence-Firestone […]

  • One of the sisters of slain LAPD Officer Juan Diaz speaks at a memorial service held Aug. 12, 2019, at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit KTLA)

    ‘Young and Promising Life’ of Slain LAPD Officer Juan Diaz Honored During Funeral in Downtown L.A.

    Loved ones and hundreds of fellow officers honored the life of Los Angeles Police Department Officer Juan Diaz during a funeral service Monday morning, a little over two weeks after he was fatally shot. Mourners gathered at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles as the services began at 9 a.m. Adorned in an American flag, Diaz’s casket was carried into the cathedral by three officers in full uniform and three other pallbearers. He was remembered […]

  • Officers handcuff a man suspected in a series of attacks that left at least four people dead in Garden Grove on Aug. 7, 2019. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    ‘Pure Hate’ Apparently Drove Man Who Went on O.C. Stabbing, Robbery Rampage That Killed 4, Injured 2

    A man apparently “full of anger” stabbed four people to death and wounded two others in a robbery rampage that started in Garden Grove and stretched into Santa Ana before he was arrested Wednesday night, the Garden Grove Police Department said. The suspect was identified Thursday as 33-year-old Zachary Castaneda, a “documented gang member,” police told KTLA. Authorities were still trying to contact the families of the victims and piece together a motive for the attacks. “It’s just pure hate […]

  • Riverside police released this sketch of the attempted kidnapping suspect.

    Teenage Girl Fights Off Kidnapping Attempt in Riverside; Attacker Sought

    Police are searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a teenage girl in Riverside early Tuesday morning. The victim was walking in the 6200 block of Rutland Avenue in the Arlanza neighborhood between 8 and 8:30 a.m. when a man got out of a parked vehicle and approached her, the Riverside Police Department stated in a news release. The man grabbed the girl and attempted to force her into his vehicle. He then struck her with a metal object, […]

  • The Corona Costco where a shooting occurred on June 14, 2019, is seen in an image released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Judge Blocks Release of Surveillance Video Showing Deadly Corona Costco Shooting

    A judge has blocked the release of surveillance video showing the fatal shooting of a man by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer at a Costco in Corona earlier this year, the LAPD announced on Monday. The video will be kept from the public and the media until a decision has been made on whether criminal charges will be filed, a Riverside Superior Court judge ruled. Release of the video could interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation and could […]

  • Two men light candles at a makeshift memorial as they take part of a candle lit vigil in honor of those who lost their lives or were wounded in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, 2019. (Credit: MEGAN JELINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Dayton Shooter Was Stopped Within 30 Seconds; Motive for Attack Still a Mystery

    Police worked Monday to pin down why a 24-year-old gunman killed nine people, including his sister, in a weekend shooting rampage in a popular nightlife area in Dayton, Ohio. Connor Betts, who was wearing a mask and body armor when he opened fire in the bustling Oregon District early Sunday, was armed with an AR-15-style rifle. If all of the magazines he had with him were full, which hasn’t been confirmed, he would have had a maximum of 250 rounds, […]

  • A memorial to the shooting victims at a Canoga Park apartment is seen on July 25, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Motive for San Fernando Valley Crime Rampage That Left 4 Dead and 2 Injured Remains a Mystery

    One day after a violent crime rampage left four people dead and two others injured, investigators are still trying to determine what prompted Thursday’s series of shootings in the San Fernando Valley. Authorities believe one man, 26-year-old Gerry Zaragoza, is responsible for the 12-hour long ordeal that began and ended in Canoga Park, but included four separate crime scenes and prompted a San Fernando Valley-wide tactical alert. “He had anger issues. He always seemed upset with his parents. His family […]

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