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.

A number of water districts in the Inland Empire have been improving their conservation rates this year over last year.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

After they went on sale yesterday (Wednesday) morning, it took only a few hours for just about every category of admission passes to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to sell out.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

The Regents of the University of California have proposed tuition and fee hikes for the next academic year.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Tickets for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival went on sale today, a day after Coachella announced it's lineup of stage acts this year will be headlined by Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead.  KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have chosen an Inland Empire congressman to join the House Democratic Leadership team.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Now that Kamala Harris has become California's new U.S. Senator, the process has begun to fill the vacancy she left as state Attorney General with Governor Brown's nomination of Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Another for-profit training college has closed it's doors in the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Inland Empire Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent begin a new series of conversations over the next few weeks on the possible effects -- good and bad -- that the economic policies of the incoming Donald Trump administration may have on the Inland Empire's economy.

Funeral services have been set for the second week of January for Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.  Benoit died Monday night of complications from pancreatic cancer, one day before his 65th birthday.

Benoit’s funeral mass will be on Tuesday, January 10, at 10 a.m. at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the Coachella Valley community of La Quinta.  There will be a public viewing at the church on Monday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m., the night before the funeral.

Coachella Valley Rotary

The death this week of Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit is being marked by flags at half-staff around the county today.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

County of Riverside

Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit passed away last night of complications from pancreatic cancer.  Benoit, who earlier this year wrapped up a term as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, suddenly announced he was cutting back on his workload last month, after he received what later would be a confirmed case of advanced pancreatic cancer.  Benoit had a long career in law enforcement before entering local elected politics.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on the life and career of John Benoit, and what's next for his vacant seat.

(Thursday, December 15, 2016)

Get ready for stormy weather in the Inland Empire today and tomorrow.

A weather system from the Pacific Northwest – containing plenty of moisture, and cold air behind it – will move into inland Southern California tonight.  It’ll be increasingly cloudy and breezy, with showers falling by this afternoon.  High temperatures today will be in the 60s in the valleys.


The annual California Economic Summit -- the state's pre-eminent gathering of leaders from the public and private sectors -- ends it's two-day run of speeches, panels, workshops, and social events today.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, concludes his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent on how economists use statistics to develop economic forecasts.   In this segment, Dr. Husing examines the cities in the IE where home prices are rising the fastest, and areas where the median home price is going up slowly or not at all.

Sorry, Southern California, but you'll have to forego that cozy and festive Friday night fire in the fireplace tonight.  Air quality authorities have issued a one-day ban on residential indoor and outdoor wood burning, in effect until midnight tonight.  The South Coast Air Quality Management District - the air pollution control authority for Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and portions of Los Angeles counties -  issued a mandatory  residential no-burn alert, effective from this morning through tonight until 12 midnight.

California lawmakers will deliberate legislation that would restrict state and local law enforcement authorities from assisting federal immigration agents pursuing undocumented immigrants.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

More than four years after the City of San Bernardino first announced it was headed into bankruptcy, a federal judge has finally approved a city strategy to eventually emerge from the bankruptcy process.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Riverside County will move forward from the idea stage to the planning stage of a possible county-wide electricity co-operative that could save county ratepayers millions of dollars per year on power costs.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

In spite of the statewide vote legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors' ban on the cultivation and use of pot will remain in place for unincorporated areas of the county, at least until March.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

As the new California Legislature prepares for the 2017 session, a number of Inland Empire Republicans have been appointed to minority leadership positions in the state Assembly.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

A newly-elected Inland Empire state legislator used her first day in office to address the bureaucratic delays preventing survivors of the December 2 San Bernardino terror attack from getting the workers' compensation benefits they're entitled to.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

There is more information about the contract agreement between the state's largest public employees union and Governor Jerry Brown, reached just in time to avert a labor action by the union.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The former mayor of Menifee was one of two public officials issued fines for campaign violations by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Inland Empire Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the variety of statistics that Dr. Husing uses to develop his economic forecasts.  This morning, we hear where the highest and lowest median home prices are located throughout the IE.

This week's events marking the anniversary of the Dec. 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack continue today, including plans for a big public Night of Remembrance at Cal State San Bernardino this evening.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The public is invited to a community-wide "Night of Remembrance" this Friday evening on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino to commemorate the first anniversary of the December 2 terror attack, and to pay tribute to those who were killed and those who survived.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Tributes to the late Jack H. Brown - longtime head of Stater Bros. grocery markets, who passed away at age 78 last month - will take place in the company's grocery stores this weekend.  There's also a tribute to Brown from Stater employees visible on Inland Empire TV sets this week.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

San Bernardino County authorities have confirmed that three people who died at a music festival in Fontana last summer succumbed to drug overdoses.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The first phase of a big housing redevelopment project in San Bernardino gets a ribbon-cutting today.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The U.S. Forest Service is looking for volunteers to help with it's annual census of bald eagles living around local San Bernardino County and Riverside County lakes and mountains.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report.