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

Ontario police arrested a 13-year-old boy who brandished a gun on an Inland Empire middle school campus yesterday (Wednesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The demand for housing in California means there are fewer vacant properties in foreclosure limbo.... sometimes referred to as "zombie foreclosures."  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California lawmakers are considering what the the state's response should be following a massive breach of sensitive data at the credit agency Equifax.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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After record-breaking temperatures around the Inland Empire and across Southern California yesterday (Monday), weather forecasters are warning of hotter conditions today, and a continued risk of wildfires through tomorrow.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue with Dr. Husing's presentation comparing and contrasting economic activity in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains income-earning and prosperity dynamics in each county relative to the other.

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The California Republican Party is lost in an identity crisis.  The divide pits the conservative, nationalistic wing against the establishment, business-friendly wing.  That split was on full display at the state's G-O-P's convention this weekend.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, many California Republicans -- including Inland Empire Assemblyman Chad Mayes -- are fighting back against Steve Bannon's declared war on the GOP establishment.

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:

  1. The state and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are fighting a desert water project that recently got a green light from the Trump administration.
  2. Riverside County supervisors voted to impose a contract on sheriff’s deputies
  3. State Assemblyman Jose Medina’s bill to close a loophole in environmental laws was vetoed by Gov. Brown.

California Republicans gather in Anaheim this weekend for the state party's semi-annual convention - with former White House advisor Steve Bannon headlining the list of speakers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Two brush fires - burning simultaneously within a few miles of each other - alongside the northbound lanes of State Highway 57 between Brea and Diamond Bar resulted in a partial shutdown of the northbound 57 early this morning, and tied up traffic both directions between the 91 freeway in Fullerton and the 60 freeway in Diamond Bar.  The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the blaze burned about 25 acres of brush along the east side of the 57 freeway north of Bre


As was expected, the Canyon Fire 2 that had been burning in Orange County for the past week was declared 100 percent contained yesterday (Tuesday).  The blaze - which started Oct. 9 - burned 9,217 acres, destroyed 25 structures and damaged anotehr 55 structures over it's 8-day run.  At one point, there were nearly 1,700 personnel fighting the blaze.  4 firefighters were injured.  Crews of firefighters will remain in and around the burn area for the rest of this week, patrolling for hot spots and flare-ups. 

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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,