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

A new report shows that home foreclosure activity in California is at its lowest rate since 2006.  In the Inland Empire, foreclosures are down, but IE counties still have among the highest foreclosure numbers in the nation.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports the statewide numbers, and KVCR's Ken Vincent has the IE foreclosure figures.

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent on problems at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach affecting the logistics economy in the IE.  In this segment, Dr. Husing reviews the lessons learned from delays in shipping goods over the holidays two years ago that made for a more efficient holiday shipping season this year.

Governor Again Warns UC Not To Raise Tuition

Jan 12, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown continues to issue warnings to the University of California system not to raise tuition, or it will not get the increase in funding included in his budget proposal.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this story from Capital Public Radio.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff discusses some of the major news stories of the week around the Inland Empire, including:

-State of California fines two construction companies related to the death of a worker on the 91 Freeway widening project;

-Conservationists and developers may face off over the endangered status of a Southern California songbird;

-New Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin pushes crime prevention initiatives.

California's law banning the sale of foie gras -- a delicacy made from the liver of force-fed ducks -- has been struck down by a federal judge.  Many California restaurateurs are happy, but animal rights activists are urging the state to appeal the ruling.  More in this Capital Public Radio story from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

As California Governor Jerry Brown releases his budget proposal Friday, some local social and human services organizations are planning to protest the Governor's proposal in downtown San Bernardino.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report.

The San Bernardino City Council will become more involved than it has been in crafting an official plan to emerge from bankruptcy before the plan must be submitted to the Federal Bankruptcy Court on May 30.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains that the public will also be asked to help San Bernardino plan for recovery.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the challenges facing the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and their importance to the Inland Empire economy.  This morning, Dr. Husing describes why there's a shortage of trucks available to move cargo from the ports to IE warehouses and logistics centers.

Freedom Communications -- the company that publishes the Press-Enterprise -- continued thinning its newspaper holdings in Southern California, by opting to cease publication of the Long Beach Register.  This follows the closure of the relatively-new Los Angeles Register earlier this year.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union employees at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and other west coast ports have been working without a contract for months.  Now, the shipping companies that use west coast ports have asked for federal mediation in their stalled negotiations with the ILWU.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on the story, including comments from Inland Empire Economist John Husing about the potential impact a port strike would have on the growing IE's warehouse and logistics industries.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review a few of the week's top stories around the Inland Empire, including:

-After local voters turn down a utility tax, The San Jacinto City Council makes cuts to police and parks;

-Whooping cough epidemic in IE the worst in decades, and;

-Two of 2014's top five grossing music festivals in North America were in Riverside County.

Huntington’s disease is a long misunderstood, genetic, degenerative, fatal, and still incurable affliction.  Huntington’s disease starts by slowly attacks the brain’s ability to control physical and neurological functions, and continues to progress until the affliction eventually leads to death.  “HD” is particularly virulent to children.  There haven’t been any support organizations for people or families afflicted by Huntington’s disease in the Inland Empire… until now.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Melissa Bilardi, the President and CEO of Help4HD Internation

In Part 2 of our interview about Huntington's Disease -- a genetic, neurological affliction that slowly diminishes the brain's ability to control physical and mental functions, usually leading to death -- we hear Melissa Bilardi and Daniel Medina discuss why Huntington's disease is less known than other life-threatening afflictions.  Bilardi and Medina talk about  organization Help4HD International, which offers a support group in the Inland Empire.  Medina, a Moreno Valley resident, also talks about research being done at UC Riverside on potential treatments for Huntington's disease.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the effect a possible strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would have on the Inland Empire's growing logistics industry.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the week's major IE news stories, including:

-Riverside wins redevelopment settlement in court;

-Riverside loses court effort to keep medical marijuana initiative off of city ballot, and;

-Divisive politics returns to San Bernardino City Hall.

A year after San Bernardino voters thought they had elected a new, more collaborative set of officials to City Hall, some backbiting and mudslinging has returned to San Bernardino city government.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff reviews the week's IE news with KVCR's Ken  Vincent, including:

-local legislator tries again to get state funding restored to new IE cities;

-Riverside County Board of Supervisors anxiously await Governor's appointment of a new Supervisor, and:

-San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos considers a run for California Attorney General.

Inland Empire homes close to wildfire-damaged hillsides were spared major damage from the storm Tuesday night/Wednesday morning... but more rain is expected to fall today.  Other areas of Southern California were hit harder than the IE. 

KVCR's Ken Vincent has details

Even though overall water use is down across the state, Californians conserved less water in October than they did in September.  A state water official thinks he knows why.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has a report from Capitol Public Radio Network.

Most of the imported goods that come into the United States arrive through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the biggest port complex in North America.  Southern California's coastal ports also handle a significant percentage of the exports that leave the U.S for abroad.  Much of that port cargo is processed for shipping in Inland Empire logistics centers.  John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economnic Partnership and KVCR weekly contributor begins a series of commentaries on the importance of the Ports of LA and Long Beach to the Inland Empire's economy.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the IE's top news stories of the past week, including:

-Corona drone manufacturing firm gets burglarized, and;

-Judge sets deadline for San Bernardino bankruptcy plan.

The City of Riverside and San Diego-based Wakefield Housing Development Corporation are breaking ground on Saturday, November 15 for 30 units of affordable housing for lower income and special needs veterans and their families. KVCR’s Ken Vincent speaks with Wakefield COO, Rebecca Louie about this NEW community.