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
  • 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 […]

  • Officers manage security at Castro Middle School in Westlake following gunfire that wounded two students in February. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Los Angeles Schools Fall Short on Safety Measures, City Attorney Report Warns

    Los Angeles schools are at risk because of inconsistent campus safety measures, a need for more mental health services and inadequate coordination with other public agencies, according to a report released Monday. The report is from a panel assembled by L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer soon after the February shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The 21-member panel took a wide-ranging look at school safety, including measures outside of school boundaries, such […]

  • A small plane crashed at a parking lot in Santa Ana on Aug. 5, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    29-Year-Old Woman Among 5 Killed in Small Plane Crash in Santa Ana

    Update: Authorities on Monday morning identified all five victims killed in the crash. Read KTLA’s latest story here.  A small plane crashed at a parking lot in Santa Ana on Sunday afternoon, killing all five people aboard — including a 29-year-old woman visiting from the Bay Area. The Cessna 414 declared an emergency and went down at a mall parking lot near John Wayne Airport at 12:28 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. The twin-engine aircraft crashed near the South Coast […]

  • Police investigated a burglary that ended with a homeowner shooting one of the suspects in Garden Grove on Aug. 3, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    2nd Suspect Sought After Garden Grove Homeowner Shoots, Injures Suspected Burglar: Police

    An armed homeowner in Garden Grove shot and injured one of two suspected burglars who emerged from his neighbor’s house, then helped police detain the other one on Friday, authorities said. The incident began around 11:30 a.m. when the homeowner returned to his residence in the 13000 block of Rosita Place and discovered two men jumping into the back yard, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney. David Avila said the homeowner is his cousin, and he was with […]

  • Authorities respond to a homicide in Arcadia on Aug. 1, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Fatally Shoots Estranged Wife Before Killing Himself in Arcadia: Authorities

    In a shooting being investigated as a murder-suicide, a man killed a woman believed to be his wife before turning the weapon on himself in Arcadia on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Arcadia police responded to a report of a person down in the 800 block of Sunset Boulevard around 8:15 a.m., according to sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered two people down with gunshot wounds, a man and a woman, Alfred said. The woman […]

  • A still from video released by the LAPD shows the moments before a man and his hostage were fatally shot by police during an incident in Van Nuys on June 16, 2018.

    LAPD Release Video of Van Nuys Shooting That Left Suspect, Hostage Dead by Police Gunfire

    Just over a week after LAPD officers fatally shot an assistant manager of a Silver Lake Trader Joe’s following a pursuit, authorities released video of another incident in Van Nuys in June that left a suspect and his hostage dead after being struck by police gunfire. Chief Michel Moore released footage of the June 16 incident during a news conference Tuesday. Moore said that the Van Nuys shooting was yet another example of officers having to make spilt-second decisions based […]