Doug Sovern

dougsovern20100908 kcbs 0208r1 Doug Sovern

Doug Sovern 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. Sovern covers politics for KCBS and also does special features and investigations. He also reports occasionally for KPIX 5 TV and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle.

He has won more than 200 journalism awards, including a duPont-Columbia Award Special Citation, ten National Headliner Awards, five national Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a record eight Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the national Society of Professional Journalists – more than any other reporter in history. The SPJ has honored Sovern for Best Investigative Reporting six different times, more than any other journalist in any medium. He 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 KPIX 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 in more than fifteen literary journals and magazines, have been honored by Narrative and Zoetrope: All-Story, and have been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and the Best of the West anthology. Sovern hosts a monthly reading series, THERE, which showcases East Bay writers, at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland. He is also a voracious Tweeter. He tweets breaking news, politics, sports and more at SovernNation. You can learn more about his various pursuits at www.dougsovern.com.

Email Doug Sovern

Uber

Uber Educating Drivers On Sharing Road With Cyclists

Uber is giving its San Francisco drivers special training on how to share the streets with cyclists.

09/22/2016

Bicyclist rides through intersection, bicycle

Drivers Breaking 3-Foot Rule For Passing Bicyclists Rarely Ticketed; Collisions Up Dramatically

Two years after California passed a law requiring drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing, few motorists seem to be aware of the law, and enforcement of it is spotty, at best.

09/19/2016

Construction workers play Where's Waldo? with patients next door at Children's Hospital Oakland. (Photo: Doug Sovern)

Life-Sized ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Game Gets Children’s Hospital Patients Out Of Bed In Oakland

Construction workers putting up a new building at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland are playing a life-sized game of Where’s Waldo? with the young patients next door.

09/15/2016

Fire Truck Firefighter

Wildfire Forces Evacuations In Butte County

A new wildfire is forcing evacuations near the town of Paradise in Butte County.

09/06/2016

A Pop Warner football game (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

High School Football Participation Rates Falling As Concussion Rates Rise

The new high school football season continues a recent trend in California: fewer kids are playing the game.

08/30/2016

Farm workers in the Salinas Valley. (CBS)

Farm Workers Up For Overtime Pay If Governor Brown Signs Bill

California lawmakers are passing dozens of bills in a flurry of end-of-session activity, including full overtime pay for farmworkers, and an overhaul of how we vote in elections.

08/30/2016

Santa Rita Jail in Dublin (Alameda County)

Women Inmates: White Privilege Helped In Lawsuit Over Shocking Conditions At Santa Rita Jail

Filthy cells, toilets and walls covered in blood and feces, and sexual harassment by sheriffs’ deputies – those are just some of the things women say they’ve endured at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

08/02/2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 31: Harlequins rugby players play beach volleyball during a Harlequins Rugby Club training session at Ocean Beach on July 31, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Harlequins)

English Rugby Team Training In Bay Area

Rugby returns to the Olympics for the first time in almost a hundred years this weekend.

08/02/2016

Hillary Clinton Donald Trump June 7 (Getty)

Millennial Voters Like Trump Less Than Lord Voldemort – But They Don’t Like Hillary Either

Hillary Clinton has 100 days to build a winning coalition to defeat Donald Trump for the presidency.

08/01/2016

California delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia unfurl a banner, July 28, 2016. (Doug Sovern/CBS)

California Delegates Squeezed At Pricey Philly Hotel During Democratic Convention

The Philadelphia hotel where the California delegation to the Democratic National Convention is so expensive, delegates are doubling, tripling, even quadrupling up, and sometimes they’re forced to share with someone from a rival camp.

07/28/2016

next

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
Got Our Weather App?
Listen to Radio.com Anywhere, Anytime!

Listen Live