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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

With the economy doing better than it has in years, the state of California is collecting a surplus of revenue.  By law, most of the extra dollars must go to education.  But there is a wide expanse of education programs and initiatives on which California could spend extra revenue, and some lawmakers have different education spending priorities than Governor Jerry Brown.  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:

-The retirement of the Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports provides new hope for negotiations to return Ontario International Airport to local control;

-Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies sue over proposed body camera program, and;

-The City of Jurupa Valley is still trying to keep its status as an official city by trying to work out a debt repayment plan with Riverside County.

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:

-after years of declining passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport, there was a hike in air traffic at ONT last year;

-the City of Rialto is considering a sister city relationship with a city in Cuba, which could be controversial, and;

-longtime IE news broadcaster Jim Ness is retiring after 50 years in the business.

California's Mountain Snowpack "Dismally Meager"

Jan 30, 2015

Even though Southern California had a number of rainy days last month, there has been virtually no rain where it's been needed most:  in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  In normal years, the Sierra snowpack supplies much of the state's water, but the California Department of Water Resources says the current drought has the mountain snowpack at a "dismally meager" level.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report from Capital Public Radio.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians continues to be a major supporter of public television programming, with a major grant to the nation's first television channel -- based here in the Inland Empire -- devoted to native and indigenous people and cultures.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this item compiled by Matt Guilhem.

Loma Linda University Health has received a million-dollar-plus grant from San Bernardino County to help improve health care access for disadvantaged populations in the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

Many of the Californians who have been infected by measles during the current outbreak linked to Disneyland were unvaccinated.  In California, parents have been able to choose not to vaccinate their kids because of personal beliefs.  But as Capital Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone found, a new law may have changed their course.

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

-Follow-up on a story we talked about last week, involving liability issues concerning the death of a construction worker on the 91 Freeway Widening Project;

-an American Lung Association report showing most Inland Empire cities do badly at protecting their citizens from second-hand smoke;

-a billboard alongside an IE freeway that may draw controversy because of its anti-religious message.

Public health officials say the latest count of cases of measles -- originating from a December outbreak at  Southern California Disney theme parks --  is now up to 70, spread across a growing number of states.  Furthermore, the number of non-vaccinated school students in quarantine is growing.  And officials are recommending that anyone not inoculated with the measles vaccine should stay away from the Disney parks.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the update (story compiled by KVCR's Matt Guilhem).

As part of our periodic "State Of The Cities" series, KVCR's Ken Vincent has the last of a 3-part conversation with former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge (parts 1 and 2 -- Loveridge's assessments of San Bernardino and Moreno Valley -- are also posted on this website).  After Loveridge finished a nearly 20-year stint as Riverside Mayor two years ago, he returned to teaching political science at UC Riverside, where he now heads UCR's Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, a research center that focuses on the unique challenges facing cities on the edge of large urban centers.  In this s

A new report says just one in five city managers in California are women.  And they make less in salary and benefits that male city managers.  More in this Capital Public Radio story from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KVCR's Ken Vincent has part 2 in our conversation with Ron Loveridge, former Mayor of Riverside, now Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.  Dr. Loveridge shares his observations about  Riverside's still-immature and growing neighbor, Moreno Valley, now the second-largest city in Riverside County.

The Inland Empire's Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa is one of 15 community colleges around the state of California that have been chosen for a pilot program allowing them to offer four-year degrees in select subjects.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

As it's mayor for 20 years, Ron Loveridge presided over the City of Riverside’s renaissance from a medium-sized suburb to the largest urban center in the Inland Empire.  Loveridge is now the director of a research center at UC Riverside that specializes in policies and problems facing suburban cities in the IE and elsewhere.  Over the next few days, Ron Loveridge will talk with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the challenges facing three of the IE's biggest cities:  Riverside, Moreno Valley, and in this report, Loveridge assesses San Bernardino County's largest and most troubled city.

KVCR's Ken Vincent speaks with our weekly contributing economist  John Husing about growing tension between labor unions and shippers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

An Inland Empire social service organization and a local medical center are teaming up this weekend to provide residents information about health insurance, including how to sign up for Covered California, the state's "Obamacare" health insurance exchange.  The deadline to sign up for subsidized health insurance is less than a month away.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.