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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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Bicyclists rides their bikes down Market Street on Bike to Work Day May 13, 2010 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

New Law Requires California Drivers To Leave 3-Feet When Passing Bicyclists

A new law requiring California drivers to keep a buffer between cars and bicyclists goes into effect Tuesday.

09/15/2014

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers Urge Gov. Brown To Veto Legislation That Would Regulate Pumping California’s Groundwater

California Central Valley farmers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto legislation that would regulate the pumping of well water in California for the first time.

09/15/2014

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig addresses reporters at AT&T Park in San Francisco, September 11, 2014. (CBS)

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Dodges Questions On A’s Stadium, Domestic Violence During AT&T Park Visit

The outgoing commissioner refused to commit to a resolution of the Oakland ballpark situation, though he admits the A’s desperately need a new place to play.

09/11/2014

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Drops Appeal— Will Pay $4 Million Fine Over Mental Health Coverage

Kaiser Permanente says it will pay a $4 million fine levied by the state of California for serious violations in how it delivers mental health care after a year-long legal challenge.

09/09/2014

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

California’s Medical Malpractice Measure Prop. 46 Gets Support From Sen. Barbara Boxer

Senator Barbara Boxer came out swinging Wednesday on behalf of Proposition 46 in a new ad campaign. The ‘Yes on 46′ initiative would lift the cap on medical malpractice awards.

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Kurdish Peshmerga forces monitor positions of Islamic State (IS) fighters during a battle to retake the eastern town of Jalawla, 130 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad.  (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

East Bay Congressman Visits Middle-East Capitals As Another American Journalist Is Beheaded

ISIS, a growing terrorist group, claimed responsibility Tuesday for the beheading of another American journalist. Meanwhile, East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is visiting capitals in the Middle East to put together an international alliance to defeat the group.

09/02/2014

Protesters gather outside the Federal Building in Oakland on July 3, 2014, demanding the U.S. grant asylum to the refugee children, and not send them back home to Central America. (Doug Sovern/CBS)

Protesters In Oakland Call On President Obama To Let Thousands Of Undocumented Children Stay In U.S.

A vocal group of protesters gathered outside the Federal Building in Oakland, urging President Obama not to deport immigrant children back to Central America.

07/03/2014

Digital Hospital, Electronic Health Records, Medical Records

U.S. Sen. Boxer Seeks Solutions For Preventable Medical Errors In California Hospitals

Heart disease and cancer rank as the number one and two, leading causes of death in America, but few people know that medical errors ranks third, killing up to 440,000 people a year.

07/02/2014

Bicyclists ride along Market Street on May 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Providing Bike Education For Genentech Shuttle Bus Drivers

The Genentech course is just one of the education programs the SF Bicycle Coalition teaches, to show drivers the rules of the road.

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Uber Vehicle

Parents Of San Francisco Girl Fatally Struck By Uber Driver Seek Stricter Ridesharing Rules

The parents of a six-year-old girl who was killed by an Uber driver in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve are urging state lawmakers to require app-based ride services to carry commercial insurance.

06/25/2014

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