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.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent resume their summer-long series of segments discussing the positive and negative aspects of the Inland Empire's economy -- compared to the Southern California coastal communities -- as our region pursues economic growth, business and residential expansion, higher wages,  and a better quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing highlights facts, figures, and statistics that show the IE is poised to be one of the state's most dynamic economies in the not-too-distant future.


Cal Fire reports the Aguanga fire is 100 percent contained at 92 acres.  Firefighters will remain on-scene today for mop-up.

(7am Tuesday:)  Firefighters from the Inland Empire and elsewhere around Southern California are fighting a brush fire near the southwestern Riverside County community of Aguanga.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

San Bernardino County authorities say a 23-year-old Yucaipa man has been arrested on suspicion of starting several recent wildfires, including one that injured a firefighter.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Local first responders and other Inland public safety officials gathered to pay their respects as the remains of an Inland Empire firefighter arrived in San Bernardino yesterday (Monday), following his death while fighting a wildfire in Montana.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Cal Trans has announced that it will shut down a portion of the 60 freeway between Jurupa Valley and Riverside for an entire weekend early next year to accommodate roadwork on the 60.  The City of Riverside says it  has concerns about impacts of the temporary shutdown that it would like to discuss with Cal Trans.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Public school vaccine requirements that took effect last summer appear to be working; vaccination rates are up this year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has a sizeable fundraising lead over the pack of both Democrats and Republicans who've announced they're running for Governor of California.  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:

- Immigration activists picketed the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department over plans to cooperate with ICE;

- A Republican Inland legislator is under fire for supporting the governor’s cap-and-trade extension;

- A Riverside Islamic imam is being criticized for a sermon that included a diatribe against Jews, and;

U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday said the Justice Department might not grant federal crime-fighting funds to four so-called 'sanctuary cities' - including San Bernardino - if they don't help federal officials' efforts to detain and deport illegal immigrants.  There's one problem with Sessions' threat:  San Bernardino is not a sanctuary city, and isn't eligible for the federal crime-fighting funds.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

The heat and humidity that have been plaguing the Inland Empire recently was aggravated by rain and wind whipping through the Inland Empire again yesterday (Wednesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A warm, wet, windy storm tore through the Inland Empire yesterday, resulting in flooded streets, downed trees and power poles, power outages, and some property damage.  And forecasters say today could be a repeat of yesterday's weather.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

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Firefighters are still working on containing two brush fires in the Inland Empire that started earlier this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The 24th annual Jazz In The Pines Festival will be held August 11-13, featuring more than two-dozen artists on multiple stages at a mile-high venue in Riverside County's San Gorgonio Mountains.  More on the festival from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Residents who want a better understanding of police operations and how they can contribute to the safety of their neighborhoods are being encouraged to attend a "Citizen Academy" hosted by the Riverside Police Department.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Inland Empire firefighters are keeping a close watch on two blazes still burning in our region; one near San Bernardino, and the other near Lake Elsinore.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The discovery of a diseased grapefruit tree in Riverside on July 25 has officials considering how to alert the public to the potential devastation the disease could wreak across Southern California.  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Plans to build toll lanes on the 15 Freeway from south of Corona to Jurupa Valley have received a major boost with approval of a $152 million federal loan.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A UC Riverside entomologist and his research team have been awarded the largest-ever grant to a UCR researcher.  The federal grant will be used to study how manipulating mosquito genes could neutralize their ability to spread disease.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Local officials in Beaumont are preparing a public information campaign designed to convince Beaumont Library District taxpayers to approve a future library expansion bond.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The owner of a lottery Powerball ticket worth nearly a half-billion dollars that was purchased at an Inland Empire convenience store has finally come forward to claim his winnings.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

In the face of fierce opposition from local residents, California state regulators have decided the natural gas storage facility at Aliso Canyon north of Los Angeles is safe enough to resume operations.  Operations at the facility have been shut down since a leak at the facility nearly two years ago released massive amounts of methane into the air, prompting evacuations from homes in the nearby community of Porter Ranch.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is holding steadfast to his vow not to turn information from California's voter rolls over to President Trump's commission looking into voter fraud.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


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.