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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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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.

07/02/2014

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

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Committee Passes Phone Anti-Theft, Kill-Switch Measure—Heads To Full State Assembly

A measure that would force smartphones sold in California to include a kill switch to try to stop the epidemic of phone thefts is now headed to the full state Assembly.

06/24/2014

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San Francisco Hopes Sexy Voice Will Help Save Water, New Ads Say Conservation Feels ‘Oh, So Right’

After a slow start, customers of San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy water system are starting to conserve more, but if they don’t keep it up, The SF Public Utilities Commission says they’ll have to impose mandatory rationing.

06/23/2014

A man using two smartphones. (Indranil Mukherjee/Getty Images)

Oakland Looks To Ban Cell Phone Kiosks To Deter Thefts

Oakland is looking to ban what some say is an easy way for thieves to cash in on stolen cell phones.

06/18/2014

'Painted Ladies' of Alamo Square (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Lawmakers Reject San Francisco’s Bid For Ellis Act Exemption

San Francisco has lost its bid, for now, to change state law to make it harder to evict renters from housing properties. City officials are trying to change California’s Ellis Act to help reduce rental evictions.

06/18/2014

Lyft Rideshare Service

State Senate Committee Passes 2 Bills That Would Tighten Regulations For Apps Like Uber, Lyft

A State Senate committee approved two bills Tuesday to tighten regulations on on-demand, ride-app services such as Uber and Lyft.

06/17/2014

Uber Vehicle

Uber Uprising? Drivers Rally Outside SF Headquarters, Make Demands

Uber drivers held a rally Monday at the company’s Market Street headquarters in Downtown San Francisco and said the company takes them for granted.

06/17/2014

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