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

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.

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