Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent is a veteran of public radio going back nearly 30 years.   He has worked as News Director for public station KTOO-FM/TV and as a news reporter, local program host, producer, announcer, editor, and program engineer for Seattle NPR station KUOW.  Hear Ken Vincent weekday mornings on Morning Edition.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Riverside County has a new chief executive officer;

- The San Bernardino County District Attorney released a report on the police response to the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting, and;

- Inland Empire population to grow by nearly 3 million over next 30 years.

Beaumont City Councilman Mark Orozco was slated to be arraigned today at the Riverside Hall of Justice on 10 felony charges involving alleged falsification of campaign funds on government documents and
soliciting a bribe.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Democratic leaders in California are trying to defend Orange County freshman state Senator Josh Newman from a recall effort.  That's after Newman provided a key vote to pass Governor Jerry Brown's gas tax increase.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


An Inland Empire Republican assemblywoman is calling out an IE Democratic congressman for a photo of him wearing a t-shirt that uses an obscenity to criticize the GOP health care bill.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The Coachella Valley community of Cathedral City -- the second-largest of the 8 desert cities behind Indio -- has approved a proposal to make it the first city in Inland Southern  California to declare itself a "sanctuary city."  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A bill making it's way through the California Legislature would expand Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented adults between the ages of 19 and 26.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A group of juveniles playing with fire torched a blaze that scorched 10 acres of brush in Moreno Valley yesterday (Tuesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

TV news screenshot from KESQ, Palm Springs

Riverside County's newest supervisor, Manuel Perez, was welcomed onto the Board of Supervisors with a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony before yesterday's regular meeting.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The median price of a home in Riverside County shot up nearly 8 percent over the past year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

With the California Legislature's June 15 constitutional budget deadline just three weeks away, Assembly Democrats are laying out their proposal to spend more than Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal allocates.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

$400 billion.  That's the first estimate of how much it could cost to create a statewide single-payer health care system in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


The newest member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors officially begins his first day at work today.   Former state assemblyman V. Manuel Perez was appointed by Gov. Brown to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Supervisor John Benoit last December.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Four Riverside County cities will finally get state funding;

- Beaumont councilman indicted on corruption charges, and;

- Cheech Marin's collection of Chicano art accepted by Riverside City Council.

A fire erupted yesterday (Thursday) in the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside, scorching 30 acres and spreading into a Jurupa Valley golf course by the time crews began attempting to encircle it.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Governor Jerry Brown says the University of California at Berkeley should "man up" and allow conservatives like Ann Coulter to speak on campus.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent conclude Dr. Husing's series of segments over the past several weeks detailing the 2017 economic forecast for the region. 

This weekend, there will be two opportunities for people looking for work in the Inland Empire to explore careers in the grocery industry, and in the aviation industry.   Ralph's Supermarkets will be interviewing, and several local aviation-related businesses and institutions will be at Riverside Municipal Airport Saturday offering information on careers in aviation-related fields.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The construction of a new desalination plant -- to turn seawater into drinking water -- in Huntington Beach in Orange County is drawing support from prominent Democratic elected officials.  But the prospect of the plant being built near the water in Huntington Beach is being criticized by environmental groups.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Thousands of Navy sailors and Marines will return to San Diego today (Monday) after a 7-month deployment overseas.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Gov. Brown has appointed former assemblyman Manuel Perez to teh Riverside County Board of Supervisors vacancy created by the death of John Benoit;

- Lawsuits blame social media for Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, and;

- Faculty Senate votes no confidence in Cal State San Bernardino President Tomas Morales.

Governor Jerry Brown is in the Inland Empire today to hold a bill-signing ceremony that will restore funds to 4 IE cities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Cal State San Bernardino officials will join Inland Empire Congressman Pete Aguilar at a news conference this afternoon to announce increased federal funding for Pell Grants, and to announce federal grants to CSUSB's Cybersecurity Studies program.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Desert Trip -- last fall's big classic rock festival organized by the folks who bring us the annual Coachella festival -- will not be returning to the Indio polo grounds in 2017.  However, festival organizer Goldenvoice says they'll continue working toward a possible 2018 repeat of the festival fondly nicknamed "Oldchella."  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Hoping that it's problems with bankruptcy are behind it, the City of San Bernardino is hoping to use a projected revenue surplus to restore some budget cuts and to shore up the city's public safety.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested -- with little to no profit to taxpayers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Public tours of historic, architecturally-significant buildings in downtown Riverside will take place this evening.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

There will be a memorial service and a celebration of  the life of the late former president of Cal State San Bernardino, Al Karnig, who died  last week at age 75.  Today's service will be at 2:00 this afternoon at Coussoulis Arena on campus.  The public is welcome.  Following the celebration service, Dr. Karnig will be remembered at a reception at the Legacy Fountain adjacent to the arena.  The event starts at 2:oo pm today at Coussoulis Arena; you’ll be directed to parking lot 'N' as you enter campus.

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V. Manuel Perez, the former Coachella Valley state Assemblyman whom Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday tapped to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, won't be formally sworn in for another couple of weeks.  And already, Perez has a potential challenger to his election campaign for the seat next year.   KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has raised the rates it charges cities to contract with the sheriff's department for police services.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

OC Resgister, courtesy OC Health Care Agency

Orange County environmental quality officials have ordered a section of beach between Huntington Beach and Newport Beach closed following a sewage spill into the ocean.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.