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.

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The construction of a new desalination plant -- to turn seawater into drinking water -- in Huntington Beach in Orange County is drawing support from prominent Democratic elected officials.  But the prospect of the plant being built near the water in Huntington Beach is being criticized by environmental groups.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Thousands of Navy sailors and Marines will return to San Diego today (Monday) after a 7-month deployment overseas.  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:

- Gov. Brown has appointed former assemblyman Manuel Perez to teh Riverside County Board of Supervisors vacancy created by the death of John Benoit;

- Lawsuits blame social media for Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, and;

- Faculty Senate votes no confidence in Cal State San Bernardino President Tomas Morales.

Governor Jerry Brown is in the Inland Empire today to hold a bill-signing ceremony that will restore funds to 4 IE cities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Cal State San Bernardino officials will join Inland Empire Congressman Pete Aguilar at a news conference this afternoon to announce increased federal funding for Pell Grants, and to announce federal grants to CSUSB's Cybersecurity Studies program.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Desert Trip -- last fall's big classic rock festival organized by the folks who bring us the annual Coachella festival -- will not be returning to the Indio polo grounds in 2017.  However, festival organizer Goldenvoice says they'll continue working toward a possible 2018 repeat of the festival fondly nicknamed "Oldchella."  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Hoping that it's problems with bankruptcy are behind it, the City of San Bernardino is hoping to use a projected revenue surplus to restore some budget cuts and to shore up the city's public safety.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested -- with little to no profit to taxpayers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Public tours of historic, architecturally-significant buildings in downtown Riverside will take place this evening.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

There will be a memorial service and a celebration of  the life of the late former president of Cal State San Bernardino, Al Karnig, who died  last week at age 75.  Today's service will be at 2:00 this afternoon at Coussoulis Arena on campus.  The public is welcome.  Following the celebration service, Dr. Karnig will be remembered at a reception at the Legacy Fountain adjacent to the arena.  The event starts at 2:oo pm today at Coussoulis Arena; you’ll be directed to parking lot 'N' as you enter campus.

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V. Manuel Perez, the former Coachella Valley state Assemblyman whom Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday tapped to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, won't be formally sworn in for another couple of weeks.  And already, Perez has a potential challenger to his election campaign for the seat next year.   KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has raised the rates it charges cities to contract with the sheriff's department for police services.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Orange County environmental quality officials have ordered a section of beach between Huntington Beach and Newport Beach closed following a sewage spill into the ocean.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The Orange County city of Laguna Beach has banned smoking in any public place in the city.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

Governor Jerry Brown has made an appointment to the seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors left vacant by the death of Supervisor John Benoit last December.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing Dr. Husing's 2017 economic forecast.  In this segment, Dr. Husing looks at the performance of moderate-paying and low-paying jobs in the region.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors was preparing for what was expected to be a busy weekly meeting today, with public safety and budget issues on the agenda.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A spring rainstorm put a crimp in outdoor activities around the Inland Empire yesterday (Sunday), and weather forecasters say more wet, chilly weather is in store for the region.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

A Southern California university is considering creating a special center to study marijuana.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent. 


Former Cal State San Bernardino President, Al Karnig, died at home yesterday (Thursday).  He was 75 years old.  KVCR's Ken Vincent shared this remembrance on Friday morning.

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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:

- The UC Riverside School of Medicine has opened a clinic in downtown Riverside;

- the city of San Bernardino is going to hire a crime reduction manager, and;

- tolls are going up on the newly widened 91 freeway through  Corona.

A police investigation in San Bernardino yesterday (Wednesday) prompted a possible criminal suspect to flee into traffic on the 210 freeway, resulting in his death after being hit by a vehicle.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

It takes a lot of money to live in Orange County... even if you're poor.  The Orange County Register looked into newly-released U.S. government statistics that show Orange County has one of the highest low-income thresholds in in the nation.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.


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A drunk driving suspect charged with killing a 3-year-old boy in San Bernardino as the boy was crossing a street had been arrested and released for another alcohol-related incident the day before she struck the child.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The two top executives at Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare -- the sons of the company's founder -- have been ousted from their executive positions by the Molina Healthcare board.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Indio Police Department has released the incident and arrest statistics for the 2017 Stagecoach Music Festival.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

At a hearing in Sacramento yesterday, California lawmakers exhibited bipartisan outrage over a recent audit of the University of California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KVCR's Ken Vincent continues speaking with John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, about Dr. Husing's 2017 economic forecast for the Inland Empire.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains his prediction for job growth in the sectors of the local economy that provide moderately-paying jobs.

A crowd reported to be between 300 and 400 people took part in a May Day march in Riverside yesterday, in part to oppose the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Officials from the City of Riverside and the Riverside Art Museum were scheduled to hold a news conference today (Tuesday) with activist, philanthropist, actor and comedian Cheech Marin to outline plans to allow the Riverside Art Museum to permanently house Marin's large collection of Chicano art in Riverside.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.