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.


The San Bernardino mayor's race is still well more than a year away, but already three significant candidates have announced they'll run.  The latest to say he'll enter the race is local entrepreneur and civic leader Mike Gallo.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Frontier Airlines will begin service this year to and from Ontario International Airport.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The huge, nationally-famous fantasy and pop culture convention known as Comic-Con begins this evening (Wednesday) and goes on through the weekend in San Diego.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue their discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the Inland Empire economy compared to the Southern California coastal communities, in the pursuit of regional growth, more higher-paying jobs, and a better quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing focuses on the dynamics of wages in the IE.

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin will today unveil the county's new media and public information campaign designed to discourage the production of marijuana-based "honey oil" throughout Riverside County.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments will host a public safety-oriented STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy for local high school students this summer.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Even though the Inland Empire is still amid the steamy summer of 2017, it's time for some people to start thinking about the holidays... yes, as in the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year holidays.  The City of Riverside is reminding anyone who wants to be a merchant, vendor, or other commercial participant in the Mission Inn Festival of Lights celebration has some summer deadlines.  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:

- Riverside Metropolitan Museum will undergo a 3-year remodel;

- Santa's Village expands and goes year-round with a new environmental mission;

- Upland Fire Department to be dissolved and absorbed by San Bernardino County Fire Department, and;

- The 10 Freeway through the IE will get new express toll lanes.


Firefighters quickly contained two brush fires that broke out yesterday (Thursday) in southwest Riverside County, one in Winchester near Temecula, and another west of Perris.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A number of Riverside city employees - including Mayor Rusty Bailey - will use ropes to rappel from the top of the 7-story Riverside City Hall building this afternoon (Friday).  And They'll do it again tomorrow morning.  It's all part of a fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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The latest big music festival event set for the Coachella Valley is the Desert Oasis Music Festival on October 8 and 9.  Unlike Coachella, Stagecoach, and last year's inaugural Desert Trip festivals, the Desert Oasis Music Festival will feature reggae, rap, and hip hop acts.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on Desert Oasis, and how to try to get tickets to the festival starting today (Friday) at noon.

A Riverside County jury has awarded a $17 million settlement to a Riverside warehouse security guard who was severely injured by a runaway forklift.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A lawsuit has been filed charging that the state of California is harming the health of millions of lower-income residents - particularly Latinos - with Medi-Cal reimbursement rates that are so low that many doctors won't accept them as patients.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Dozens of dogs and cats living at the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley were airlifted to a new - and perhaps a longer - life in the Pacific Northwest.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.


The hot, humid weather the Inland Empire will feel today (Thursday) will be amplified tomorrow and Saturday, and the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the inland valleys and the mountains for potentially hazardous temperatures from tomorrow morning through Saturday night.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details on the forecast for the valleys and the mountains.

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Inland Empire firefighters were working to contain three wildfires burning around the region yesterday (Wednesday), including a blaze that broke out overnight in a Riverside park that resulted in some brief residential evacuations.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

From today (Wednesday) for the rest of the week, Inland Empire weather is going to be hot.  And then, through the coming weekend, it'll be even hotter, and muggy as well.  And in our local mountains, above-normal heat will persist alongside a chance of showers and thunderstorms for the next few days.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the National Weather Service forecast for the inland valleys and mountains.

No matter where you live in the Inland Empire, chances are good that there is a 4th of July fireworks display within an easy drive.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this roundup of many of the fireworks displays that will light up the inland skies.


Three wildfires broke out around the Inland Empire yesterday.  Firefighters put out all three relatively quickly.  With details, here's KVCR's Ken Vincent.

This year, the saying seems to be: "The 3rd is the new 4th."  Because July 4th falls on a Tuesday this year, many people have extended their holiday weekend into this week, and some communities are holding fireworks celebrations on the 3rd.  Here's KVCR's Ken Vincent with more.

The California Highway Patrol will continue to be out in large numbers as the long 4th of July weekend continues, looking for careless, dangerous, and impaired driving.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The long 4th of July weekend has not been without traffic accidents around the Inland Empire.  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:

- Flights to Mexico out of San Bernardino International will be delayed for months;

- Edison customers who convert to solar will have to pay some new fees;

- Threatened desert tortoises that were moved to another part of the Mojave aren't doing so well, and;

- Residents not even near the wildfires got a false alarm on their cell phones telling them to evacuate.

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UPDATE - 8:30  A.M. Friday JUNE 30:

The Manzanita Fire burning south of Beaumont is 90 percent contained, and has not grown from 6,309 acres since Wednesday morning.

The Mart Fire burning near Highland has scorched 670 acres and is 60 percent contained.

The Holcomb Fire that began June 19 north of Big Bear has burned 1,503 acres and is 100 percent contained.

Listen to the audio report below for more details.

Beginning tomorrow (Friday), the California Highway Patrol will begin it's annual "Maximum Enforcement Period," during which CHP officers will swarm the freeways and highways looking for impaired and unsafe drivers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

More low-income, working Californians will qualify for a key tax break under the new state budget that takes effect next month.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California could face an extra $30 billion in health costs per year within a decade under the U.S. Senate Republican halth plan.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California's governor and both U.S. senators appeared together yesterday to criticize the proposed GOP health care plan, and pledged to cooperate to try to defeat the bill.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the chief economist fort the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the advantages and disadvantages the Inland Empire has over the Coastal communities in competing for future jobs, economic growth, and a higher quality of life.  This morning, Dr. Husing talks about the need for more capacity on local roads as the shipping and logistics industry continues to grow in the IE.