Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent is a veteran of public radio going back, oh, let's just say 30-plus years.   Back then, after short stints in commercial radio in his native state of Washington, he broke into public radio as news director and local Morning Edition host for public station KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska.  In the mid-1980s, he returned to Seattle and over the course of the next 25 years worked a news reporter, local program host, producer, announcer, editor, and program engineer for Seattle NPR station KUOW.  At, let's just say, a certain age, he happily fled Pacific Northwest weather to return to a place where he lived briefly when he was younger: Southern California.  Now here at 91.9 KVCR for the past let's just say 6-plus years, Ken has considered himself very fortunate to have a job with hours that allow him to bypass rush-hour commutes in order to report on rush-hour commutes.  Hear Ken Vincent do Inland Empire traffic, weather, news, and feature interviews weekday mornings on 91.9 KVCR's Morning Edition.  Hear, read, and see local, state, and NPR News and podcasts at

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are one game away from securing an appearance in the World Series.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues a new series of segments we started last week comparing and contrasting economic activity in Riverside County with San Bernardino County.  In this segment, Dr. Husing busts popular myths that most Inland workers have to commute west or south out of the IE to their jobs.

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Firefighters in Southern California are battling a new wildfire; this one in the San Gabriel Mountains just west of the Inland Empire, on Mount Wilson.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Authorities say the bodies of two adults have been found in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a Southern California couple vanished while hiking nearly three months ago.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The Canyon Fire 2, still considered active in the Anaheim Hills as of yesterday afternoon (Monday), is "nearing full containment with no further threats to neighborhoods," according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue's latest statement this morning.


The Canyon Fire 2 burning in the Anaheim Hills area, is 75 percent contained this morning (Sunday) and the area burned remains at 9,217 acres.  As of Anaheim Fire & Rescue's briefing at 8:00 last night, personnel, equipment, and air support was being held to about the same levels as Friday: there are 984 personnel working to fight the blaze, with help from 64 fire engines, 6 water tenders, 8 bulldozers, and 2 helicopters.


The Canyon Fire 2 burning in Orange County is now 70% contained, with burned acreage still holding at 9,217 acres.  Good progress on containing the fire over the past few days has been aided by favorable weather, and full containment of the blaze is projected for Tuesday.  However fire authorities are still concerned about a forecast of warmer, windier conditions returning today (Saturday) that could whip up flames again.  

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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:

- Redlands is mourning six-term councilwoman Pat Gilbreath, who died last week;

- The Las Vegas mass shooting brought up painful memories for survivors of the San Bernardino mass shooting in 2015;

- Ontario International Airport has a new CEO and a new airline serving it, and;

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11:00AM THURSDAY UPDATE:  The Canyon Fire 2, which has been burning in the Anaheim Hills this week, is now 60 percent contained at just over 9,200 acres.  There are more than 1600 firefighters battling the Canyon Fire 2, along with with 255 engines, five bulldozers, 13 helicopters, and five air tankers.  Favorable weather yesterday (Wednesday) - and expected again today - is giving fire authorities hope that they’ll have full containment of the Canyon Fire 2 by Saturday.  In the following audio report, KVCR’s Ken Vincent has details about the damage done by the blaze, the


The popular mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, is considering a run for governor of California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, begins a new series of conversations over the next few weeks.  Speaking with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Dr. Husing presents various recent social, political, and economic statistics comparing and contrasting Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

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11:00 A.M. Pacific Time TUESDAY UPDATE:

The Canyon Fire 2 burning in east Anaheim Hills has --  as  of late this morning (Tuesday) -- burned 7,500 acres and is 25 percent contained.  Authorities say at 24 homes have been destroyed by the blaze.  Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for a large swath of Orange County either side of the 241 toll freeway from the 91 Freeway south to Santiago Canyon, and southwest as far as north Tustin. 

Up to 1000 firefighters with ground equipment and air support will be fighting the blaze today.

Remember the Canyon Fire, the wildfire that burned in the southwestern hills of Corona a couple of weeks ago?

Well, now there's Canyon Fire 2 – a wildfire that started sometime around 10:30 a-m this morning (Monday) on the Orange County side of Riverside/Orange County line , and because of the gusty winds we have today, the blaze  is spreading rather rapidly west toward  and through neighborhoods east of Anaheim Hills, and has already prompted mandatory evacuations of the heavily-populated neighborhoods south of the 91 freeway and west of the 241 toll freeway in Orange County.

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Hundreds of people throughout the Inland Empire came together in various tribute events marking the lives lost a week ago in the shootings in Las Vegas and a year ago in Palm Springs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Governor Jerry Brown's office says Brown will sign a bill today designed to slow the pace that pharmaceutical companies raise drug prices.  The Governor also signed and vetoed other bills over the past weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the prospect of how another economic downturn could hurt the IE's stellar recovery from the Great Recession.

Nevada's Clark County Sheriff's Department has provided a hotline phone number for Californians and others who are looking for information about relatives or loved ones who were in Las Vegas Sunday night, with whom contact hasn't yet been made,  and who may have been affected by yesterday's mass shooting.

An environmental impact report on a mega warehouse planned in Cherry Valley that has stirred passions throughout the Pass communities and surrounding unincorporated Riverside County is on the Board of Supervisors' agenda tomorrow (Tuesday) in what's expected to be an intense public hearing,



The Canyon Fire – still burning in Corona's southwestern foothills bordering Riverside and Orange counties south of the 91 freeway – is 90 percent contained, according to the latest official update this morning (Saturday). 

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The Canyon Fire – still burning in the hills bordering Riverside and Orange counties south of the 91 freeway – is 75 percent contained, according to the latest report this morning (Friday).  Authorities say fire activity has been minimal from yesterday to today, although firefighters are still building containment lines and responding to flare-ups and hot spots.  The slowing movement of the fire has allowed authorities to use GPS mapping to more accurately assess the amount of acreage burned.  Incident Command has revised previous estimates of 2,000 acres burned to 2,662 acres.

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:

- Colonies corruption case has ended with the dismissal of the charges against the remaining defendant;

- The Redlands school district is being sued for allowing a teacher accused of sexually harassing disabled students to remain in the classroom, and;

- A bill authored by a local assemblyman closes a legal loophole allowing developers to bypass environmental reviews

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents around the country were rounding up and arresting people suspected of being in the country illegally.  Of the nearly 500 people arrested, many were from Southern California, according to a report in local newspapers today (Friday).  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Two Palm Springs police officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty - Jose "Gil" Vega, and Leslie Kling Zerebny -  will be remembered with memorials next month on the 1-year anniversary of their deaths.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents whose homes were being threatened by the Canyon Fire, burning in the Corona foothills south of the 91 freeway.  Here is the official statement:

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Favorable weather conditions from yesterday overnight into today (Wednesday) have allowed firefighters to make good progress on the Canyon Fire, burning in the Corona foothills south of the 91 freeway. 

As of this morning, authorities say the blaze has been held to 2,000 acres burned, and is now up to 20% containment.  Most of the blaze has been extinguished, but firefighters are still working on isolated patches still burning, and are on the watch for flare-ups.

A fundraiser benefiting Mexico earthquake victims in Riverside's sister city Cuautla is scheduled for Sunday at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.  The benefit will feature musical and comedic acts.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Thanks to shifting winds that kept the movement of the canyon fire away from hundreds of homes in Corona’s southwestern foothills, fire authorities say good progress was made yesterday containing the blaze, and with a forecast of lighter Santa Ana winds than yesterday, they’re hoping to make better progress today.