Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent has retired. We appreciate the way he shared his expertise with many of our young interns and reporters over the nearly eight years he spent as KVCR's lead journalist and Morning Edition host. We wish him a happy and relaxing retirement as he spends more time in his garden and, as he mentioned, more time on the golf course. Thanks Ken!

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

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:

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The second rainstorm in a week swept across Southern California yesterday, drenching the Inland Empire with a couple of inches of rain, and causing concern about potential damage to homes in Holy Fire burn areas.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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After years of lawsuits against it, California's 2012 overhaul of the public employee pension system has finally reached the state Supreme Court.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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In this segment, KVCR's Ken Vincent challenges the assertions of John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership,  that California's relentless policy push to replace fossil fuels with renewable sources is making the cost of energy more expensive than other states, and harming the IE's manufacturing economy.

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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:

1.     Ballot counting in the Nov. 8 election continues, with recent counts changing some results.2.     The transition to a new Riverside County sheriff is hitting some bumps in the road.3.     Ontario International Airport continues to report gains, after two years under local control.4.     And the key witness in the Colonies corruption trial has been sentenced to prison 11 years after pleading guilty.

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The Inland Empire was pelted by rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains yesterday (Thursday), as a Pacific storm passed through the region.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report on how Inlanders fared through the storm - including residents who were wathcing for mudflows and flooding in neighborhoods near wildfire  burn areas. 

Democratic Member of Congress Raul Ruiz - who represents the areas of the Coachella Valley including the Salton Sea - was joined by lawmakers from across the state yesterday (Thursday) in calling on Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to make saving the declining Salton Sea a priority upon taking office.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The storm currently moving through Southern California today (Thursday) is providing rain to the inland valleys, blowing snow in the mountains, collisions on slick roads, and the risk of mudflows and flooding in neighborhoods denuded by this year's local wildfires.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Joshua Tree National Park experienced its busiest Thanksgiving holiday weekend ever.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A wet, chilly storm headed toward the Inland Empire is expected to bring rain to the valleys and snow to the mountains.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the national factors that affect the Inland Empire's economy.  This segment focuses on oil prices, and how the psychology of markets affects the economy.

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The 26th annual Mission Inn Festival of Lights kicks off this evening in downtown Riverside.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The California Highway Patrol begins it's Thanksgiving holiday "Maximum Enforcement Period" this evening.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the national economic factors that could affect the IE's economy.  This segment asks whether interest rates can be an indicator of upcoming recession.

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With votes still to count, the races for two open Riverside County Supervisor seats are looking like they'll soon be resolved.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Amtrak has announced it will close it's reservations call center in Riverside, laying off hundreds of employees.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Scores of police, firefighters and other first responders will be participating in a very  realistic-looking active shooter drill tomorrow in Riverside.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the national economic factors that affect the Inland Empire's economy, for better or worse.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains how the price of housing affects the price of everything else in our region.

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:

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent begin a new series of conversations over the next several weeks examining factors in the national and state economies that affect the performance of the Inland Empire's economy.

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A Riverside County man alleged to be among a group of white supremecists who've agitated crowds with rallies in Southern California - and in Charlottesville, Virginia - is now in federal custody.  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:

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The 27th annual "Ghost Walk Riverside" tours take place tonight and tomorrow night in downtown Riverside.  The yearly family Halloween event is a fundraiser for the California Riverside Ballet.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Authorities have arrested a teenager who made a threat over social media that there would be a shooting at Beaumont High School this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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After an hours-long public hearing, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors narrowly approved a plan to allow the sale and cultivation of marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Four people were killed and a fifth person was hospitalized after a major multi-vehcle collision late last night in Jurupa Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Thousands of patient-care workers employed in the Univesity of California's health care system are walking off the job in a three-day strike that begins today.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Moreno Valley College and Norco College have been listed as among the 2-year colleges in the U.S. that are "Best For Vets."  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to license and regulate commercial marijuana businesses in the county's unincorporated areas.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to Southern California yesterday before heading to Nevada to campaign for Democrats.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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