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.

Civil-rights advocates in California say the Obama administration is making the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday that much sweeter by cementing its legacy of opening doors – and in the most unlikely of places: the state's national parks.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

After days of soaking rain in the valleys and feet of new snow in the mountains, the Inland Empire's weather will start clearing up and drying out over the coming holiday weekend into next week.  However, the forecast for next weekend shows we're not done with rain yet.  KVCR's Ken Vincent recaps the forecast for the valleys and the mountains.

Authorities reported this morning (Thursday) that local law enforcement officers were fired upon after a suspected DUI stop last night.  The subsequent pursuit and investigation resulted in all lanes of the southbound I-15 freeway being closed to all traffic from last night until this morning.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

The brother of San Bernardino terror attack shooter Syed Rizwan Farook was in federal court in Riverside yesterday (Tuesday), pleading guilty to an immigration fraud case that is associated with the plans for the terror attack.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.


Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit yesterday (Tuesday), following Benoit's passing last month.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Los Angeles Member of Congress Xavier Becerra, Governor Jerry Brown's nominee to replace now-U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as California Attorney General, faced questions from lawmakers in a hearing in Sacramento yesterday (Tuesday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the incoming Trump Administration might affect the IE economy.  In this segment, Dr. Husing talks about the prospect that the Trump Environmental Protection Agency may roll back federal environmental and air quality regulations.

More than 300 workers at UC Riverside will join a UC-wide, one-day labor walkout today (Tuesday.)  The action -- called by Teamsters Local 2010 -- is to draw attention to what the union says are laggard contract talks.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Cal State San Bernardino will be one of a small group of education institutions around the nation participating in a federally-sponsored effort to address the nation's transportation needs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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.