Doug Sovern

dougsovern20100908 kcbs 0208r1 Doug SovernDoug began his career as a copy boy at the New York Times, and then moved to California to play in a rock band. After hundreds of gigs, an Indie album and a whole lot of session work failed to make him a rock star, Doug returned to journalism, working for Associated Press Radio and San Francisco station K-101.

He did a brief stint at KGO before joining KCBS in 1990. Doug covers politics for KCBS, and also does special features and investigations. He also reports occasionally for KPIX-TV Channel 5 and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle.

He has won nearly 200 journalism awards, including ten National Headliner Awards, five national Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a record seven Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the national Society of Professional Journalists – more than any other reporter in history. The SPJ has honored Doug for Best Investigative Reporting in America five different times, more than any other journalist in any medium. Doug was also the first three-time winner of the AP TV/Radio Association’s Reporter of the Year Award and has won it four times overall.

Doug has reported for KCBS from such places as New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake and New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attack. He covered the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1991 East Bay Firestorm and the Los Angeles riots in 1992. He has covered countless elections and interviewed every major presidential candidate (and a lot of the minor ones) since the late 1980s. He has also done award-winning specials for KCBS from China, Africa, Mexico and the Tour de France. An avid outdoorsman, Doug has chronicled some of his adventures on KCBS, including expeditions to Everest and Kilimanjaro and bike rides across California, Alaska, Texas and Vietnam for AIDS and cancer charities.

Doug was born in New York City, raised in Manhattan and Wisconsin, and has a degree in History from Brown University. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Dr. Sara Newmann. And yes, he still plays music! He is the bass player for the increasingly legendary Eyewitness Blues Band, made up of broadcasters from KCBS and CBS-5 TV, and for two other bands as well. Doug also writes songs, poetry and short stories, and has made several short films (he has a short attention span). In 2011, he wrote a first-of-its-kind novel on Twitter called “TweetHeart,” which is archived at www.tweetnovel.com. His short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Gemini Magazine, Black & White, Sand Hill Review and Narrative Magazine, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the West anthology. Doug is also a dedicated Tweeter. He tweets breaking news, politics, sports and more at SovernNation.

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Police speak to a protester as they try to control the crowd on August 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

San Francisco, Oakland Police Say They Are Ready For Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Police in San Francisco and Oakland are on standby Tuesday in the event that a grand jury’s decision in Missouri, whether a white police officer will be indicted for the killing of an unarmed black teenager, could lead to protests in the Bay Area.

11/18/2014

Tina "Tamale Girl" Ramos. (Photo credit: Doug Sovern)

Oakland Micro-Lending Effort Breeds ‘Chino-Latino’ Fusion Tamales

Tina “Tamale Girl” Ramos and her Chinese-American partner have been whipping up what they call “Chino-Latino” food in Oakland. Thanks to a city-sponsored micro-loan, they’re going from pop-up to start-up.

11/14/2014

A map shows where the joints that need to be replaced are located on the upper deck of the Bay Bridge. (CBS)

Caltrans To Close Lanes At Night On Bay Bridge For Joint Replacement Project

Anywhere from one to four lanes westbound on the Bay Bridge will be closed starting Friday night, as Caltrans works to replace six deteriorating joints.

11/13/2014

A San Francisco city worker was fatally struck by a trolley while she was crossing the street near City Hall on October 23, 2014. (CBS)

SF Explores Tour Bus Legislation After Fatal Pedestrian Crash Outside City Hall

San Francisco officials are exploring whether the city can act on its own, without statewide legislation, to keep tour bus drivers from simultaneously playing tour guide too after a deadly accident in front of City Hall.

11/13/2014

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Over 100 Homeless San Francisco Vets Find New Home In Renovated Financial District Building

Just in time for Veteran’s Day, San Francisco is celebrating the renovation of a Financial District building that will house more than 100 homeless veterans.

11/10/2014

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf at a news conference in Oakland, California on November 6, 2014. (Doug Sovern/CBS)

Oakland Mayor-Elect Libby Schaaf Will ‘Fight Like Hell’ To Keep A’s, Raiders In Town

Schaaf said she hopes to expand on Mayor Jean Quan’s Coliseum City project, and wants to keep the Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders in town.

11/06/2014

Oakland Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Nurses Announce 2-Day Strike Over Ebola Preparedness

Registered nurses claim the nation’s hospitals are inadequately prepared to protect them against ebola and so they will hold a National Day of Action on Nov.12 that will include a two-day strike at every Kaiser Permanente hospital and clinic.

10/31/2014

Liberian health workers don full protection outfits at an NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, on October 18, 2014. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Stanford Surgeon Under ‘Modified Quarantine’ In San Mateo County After Returning From Liberia

A Stanford surgeon has been put on modified quarantine in San Mateo County after treating Ebola patients in Liberia for the past month.

10/29/2014

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Bryan Parker and Don Perata. (photo credit: Doug Sovern)

Former State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata Endorses Bryan Parker For Oakland Mayor

Just six days before the election, one candidate won a key endorsement on Wednesday in the race for Mayor of Oakland from the man who finished second the last time around.

10/29/2014

Ebola Research

Nurses Group Says Public Was Misinformed: ‘UCSF Not Ready For Ebola’

Last week the State of California announced any Ebola cases will be treated at five designated UC medical centers, but on Tuesday about a dozen nurses protested at UCSF’s Parnassus campus.

10/28/2014

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