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 kvcrnews.org

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The city of Riverside is among the Environmental Protection Agency's top cities in the U.S. with the most federally-certified energy-efficient "green" buildings.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the improving condition of one of the IE's most important economic sectors:  housing and housing construction.

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During his recent trip to Washington, D.C., California Governor Jerry Brown used an appearance on one of the Sunday morning TV talk shows to give a sharp response to recent remarks made by Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz about climate change.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the details in this report from Capital Public Radio.

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The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court called on the Legislature and the Governor to make a commitment to restoring funding to the state's court system that had been cut during the Great Recession.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this Capital Public Radio report.

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

-a new plan to try to preserve habitat for the threatened Desert Tortoise;

-soil in a Riverside neighborhood will be tested for toxic substances, and;

-an update on the process to fill the Temecula City Council seat vacated by new Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington.

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A labor dispute  between San Bernardino County and county-employed union nurses that has gone on for nearly a year-and-a-half may soon end.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent talk about why unemployment, construction, and home prices are improving faster in the IE than in the C0astal communities.  The discussion is a preview to Dr. Husing's annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast, which will be delivered to a big crowd at the State of the Region Luncheon on Thursday, March 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.  Information about attending the conference is at www.ieep.com.

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A long-endangered species of fish in California may have finally been pushed to extinction, thanks in large part to the ongoing drought.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in a report from Capital Public Radio.

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As expected, the organizers of this year's Palm Springs Modernism Week say that this year's mid-century modern festival was the biggest, most attended yet, resulting in a huge economic boost to the community.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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

-Former Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington joins the Riverside County Board of Supervisors;

-Students, faculty, administrators, and nearby residents are on edge following a series of violent attacks on and around the CSUSB campus, and:

-an old plan for passenger rail service from Los Angeles through the IE to the Coachella Valley gets renewed attention.

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The two men who've owned and run Freedom Communications -- the company that publishes the Press-Enterprise and the Orange County Register -- have stepped down from their management duties.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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A meeting that was supposed to take place last night at UC Irvine to discuss a student effort to ban flags -- including the American flag -- from the UCI student government office was canceled after the meeting was reportedly threatened by violence.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will finally have its full complement of 5 Supervisors on board, after waiting several weeks for Governor Jerry Brown to appoint former Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington to replace former Supervisor Jeff Stone, who's now in the state Senate.  Washington is the first African American Riverside County Supervisor, and the only Democrat to hold the officially non-partisan post in many years.  KVCR's Ken Vincent speaks with Paul Young, Riverside County Bureau Chief for City News Service, about how Chuck Washington could change the dynamic on the Board.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the Annual Economic Forecast Husing will deliver at the IEEP's State of the Region Luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Thursday, March 19.

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A proposal to expand and improve Amtrak passenger rail service from Los Angeles to the Coachella Valley is being discussed by a number of regional leaders.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The California Employment Development Department reported a significantly lower jobless rate for January of  this year compared to the same time a year ago.  More in this Capital Public Radio report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KVCR's Ken Vincent has our regular weekly conversation  with John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.  This week, Dr. Husing continues with his behind-the-scenes look at how he develops his annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast, which he'll deliver at the IEEP's State of the Region luncheon on Thursday, March 19, at the Doubletree Ontario Hotel.

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Beginning next fall, three of California's "Big Five" legislative leaders will be women.  As Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, people who are working to elect women to office hope this leadership trio will convince more women to run for elected office.

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A Republican legislative leader from the Inland Empire is criticizing a proposal made earlier this week by a Democratic legislative leader to tack on a $75 fee to real estate transactions to help pay for lower-income subsidized housing.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the story.

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The Inland Empire Economic Partnership will recognize the leaders of more than two dozen IE governments and agencies at this evening's annual "Turning Red Tape To Red Carpet" Awards.  The IEEP, the region's largest economic development organization, bestows the awards to cities, counties, and other jurisdictions who come up with innovative ways to enhance job growth and the local economy in spite of an often difficult regulatory environment.

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Part 2 of our preview of the IE cities and other jurisdictions nominated for Inland Empire Economic Partnership "Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet" Awards honoring local programs and initiatives that help streamline economic development and job growth in spite of the burden of state and federal regulations. 

Next month, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership's Chief Economist, John Husing, will give his annual Economic Forecast to a ballroom full of Inland businesspeople, public officials, educators, and others with a stake in the future of the region's economy.  Accurately predicting the region's economic performance is a complicated process, particularly when politicians in Sacramento start mucking around with state economic policy.  KVCR's Ken Vincent talks with Dr. Husing about what it takes to predict the IE's economic prospects.

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The spread of measles -- linked to an outbreak in December that began at Southern California Disney theme parks  -- seems to be slowing, at least in California.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Covered California, the state's "Obamacare" health insurance exchange, is extending its deadline for some people who haven't yet signed up for health insurance.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report from Capital Public Radio.

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

-National Republican Party targets 2 Inland incumbent Congressmen for defeat in 2016;

-2 Inland Empire cities will allow Craigslist exchanges to take place in police station parking lots;

-Crafton Hills College forfeits its 4-year degree pilot program, and;

-IE immigration demonstrators sue law enforcement for alleged mistreatment.

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Unmanned aerial vehicles -- more commonly known as drones -- are becoming increasingly popular.  Today (Tuesday), a hearing in the California state Senate will try to answer some of the questions drones create.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

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

-The City of Moreno Valley settles a wrongful termination lawsuit;

-an Upland insurance agent is convicted of federal insurance fraud, and;

-UC Riverside is part of a UC-wide research initiative to study poverty in California.

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In Part 2 of his interview with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Inland Empire Economic Partnership CEO Paul Granillo continues explaining the importance of bringing the prestigious California Economic Summit to the Inland Empire this fall, allowing the state's economic establishment to learn about the importance of the IE's economy to the rest of California.  Part 1 of our interview with Paul Granillo is also available on this website.

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Palm Springs Modernism Week begins this week.  The event celebrates the "mid-century modern" style of architecture and design that has been a signature of Southern California living for more than half a century.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem will be covering Modernism Week for KVCR.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this quick preview.

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The Inland Empire will play host to a major economic conference this fall.  The California Economic Summit will be held in Ontario on Nov 15, marking the first time the Summit has been held outside of Los Angeles or the Bay Area.  In just a few short years since it first convened, the Summit is one of the largest and most prestigious gathering of economists, private and public sector officials, and other economy-watchers.  In Part 1 of our interview, KVCR's Ken Vincent asked Paul Granillo, President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, to talk about the importance of the Cali

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