Steve has been on the frontline of some of the biggest stories in the United States including riots in Ferguson, MO, Hurricane Katrina, San Bernardino Mass Shooting, the shooting of a TSA officer at LAX and the crash of Asiana flight 214 at SFO. Steve is an adjunct instructor at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Academy and teaches media relations and crisis communications at the University of Southern California’s Safe Communities Institute. He is California’s first working journalist to become a POST-certified instructor. He is also the first journalist ever to become a certified law enforcement instructor through the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement (IADLEST). He is a six-time winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and has won more than 20 Golden Mike Awards© for Excellence in Journalism and his investigative stories. Steve is a board member of the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California where he chairs the media access committee. In 2016, the California State Legislature honored Steve for his contributions to journalism and community.
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Crisis communications is a vital tool in protecting an agency, company or individual’s reputation and credibility. In a world where a simple opinion can snowball into a major narrative, possessing effective skills to combat bad press, irresponsible reporting, and online trolls is a must. You’ll get to learn from an award-winning investigative journalist about how he tackles a story while a seasoned former federal public affairs officer tells you how he dealt with people like said reporter.