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



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). 

Orange County Fire Authority via Twitter

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:

Long Beach Fire Department via Cal Fire Twitter


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.

KVCR's Ken Vincent continues the conversation from last week with John Husing, Chief Economict for the Inland Empire Economic Parternship, about new demographic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau's latest American Community Survey describing changes in the region concerning education and health care.

In Corona, the Canyon Fire continues to burn in the hills south of the 91 Freeway.  At last report last night, the blaze had burned more than 2000 acres and was 5 percent contained.  Cal Fire says more than 300 firefighters are working on the blaze.

Vermont U.S. Senator - and former U.S, presidential candidate - Bernie Sanders came to California Friday to promote his "Medicare For All" bill.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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:

- It’s decision time for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office in the long-running Colonies corruption case;

- Residents of some mountain communities want the FAA to change the approach flight path for Ontario International Airport, and;

- The Riverside City Council has chosen someone to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Councilman John Burnard.


Inland Empire weather is in the news today (Thursday).  Just days after hot weather last week, today's weather in the Inland Valleys is expected to include a chance of showers and high temperatures barely over 70 degrees, and there may be a bit of blowing snow in the local mountains above 6000 feet tonight.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

There were a number of traffic crashes -- including a couple of fatal incidents -- on Inland-area roads over the past 24 hours.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

For the first time in more than half a century, Riverside will have a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade featuring a scaled-down replica of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa as it appears during the famed Festival of Lights celebration.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KVCR weekly contributor John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, discusses with KVCR's Ken Vincent the latest demographic data about the Inland Empire from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Health officials in southwestern Riverside County are alerting residents that anti-mosquito spraying will take place to curb the spread of West Nile virus.  Also, San Diego County health officials are warning back-country users to beware of critters infected with plague.  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:

- The trial of the fourth defendant in the Colonies corruption matter has ended in mistrial;

- Riverside City Council elections will switch to even-numbered years, and;

- Two Northern California counties are giving up four judgeships to give Riverside and San Bernardino counties four more seats on the bench.

The California Legislature has approved two bills giving new legal protections to LGBT Californians.  Here are reports from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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This Sunday is "Move-In Day" at Cal State San Bernardino.  Hundreds of students who will live in on-campus housing will be moving into their digs this weekend, allowing them a few days to get settled before classes start next week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The 2018 Stagecoach Country Music Festival will be a family affair for next year's Stagecoach headliner Garth Brooks.  Trisha Yearwood - Garth Brooks' wife and a country music star herself - will be among a list of well-established and relatively new country music performers at next year's Stagecoach.  More on the just-released Stagecoach lineup from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Updated numbers from San Diego County show that the death toll from a hepatitis-A outbreak in the city of San Diego show that 16 people have died, hundreds have been sickened, and city officials will propose declaring a city-wide public health emergency.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Riverside County has contracted with a firm that will supply nurses to fill in at county medical facilities in the event that county-employed union nurses participate in labor strikes.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Riverside City Council has put a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses in the city until city officials come up with permanent regulations.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent conclude their summer-long series of conversations about the advantages and disadvantages the Inland Empire economy has in relation to the Southern California coastal economies in competing for jobs, growth, and a higher quality of life.  Dr. Husing  sums up the series with a region-wide call for more attention to - and investment in - education and job training.


At its regular meeting today, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will discuss whether to partner with the federal government in figuring out how to get rid of contaminated groundwater posing problems at March Air Reserve Base.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The City of Riverside will lead a community-wide commemoration of the terror attacks that took place 16 years ago today in New York, Washingotn, D.C., and Shanksville, PA.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on Riverside's "Day of Service."