Doug Sovern

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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.

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UC Berkeley Sidewalk Graffiti Artists Leave Messages For Conservative Commentator

The sidewalk in front of Zellerbach Hall was covered with chalk graffiti Thursday afternoon condemning fascism and xenophobia as the hours ticked down to a speech Thursday night by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

09/14/2017

Sen. Dianne Feinstein appears at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on August 30, 2017. (CBS)

Crowd Jeers Feinstein Over Trump Remark

Sen. Dianne Feinstein drew jeers and boos Tuesday night when she urged a sellout Commonwealth Club crowd at the Herbst Theater to show “patience” with President Trump rather than seek his impeachment.

08/30/2017

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Martin & Short Bring Their Comedy And Musical Stylings To The Bay Area

AUDIO: KCBS reporter Doug Sovern spoke with both comedy legends about their careers, their deep ties to San Francisco and the need to make people laugh now, more than ever.

08/09/2017

Audit Shows Raiders Owe $800,000 In Oakland Coliseum Parking Revenue

The Oakland Raiders owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in parking revenue to the Coliseum stadium authority, which puts them in default on their lease and could jeopardize the team’s ability to keep playing at the Coliseum.

04/05/2017

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Source: Goldman Sachs Leaving Raiders Las Vegas Deal

A source at Goldman Sachs told KCBS Tuesday that the Wall Street investment giant is no longer going to put up $650 million to help Raiders owner Mark Davis leave Oakland.

01/31/2017

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Burned Oakland Warehouse Not Inspected By Fire Department In At Least 10 Years

There is no record of any fire inspection of the Ghost Ship warehouse that was gutted by flames last Friday, killing 36 people, in at least 10 years, sources within the Oakland Fire Department tell KCBS.

12/08/2016

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Voters In California, Swing States Swap Votes To Sway Election

Tens of thousands of people – many of them in California – are swapping votes across the country to try to help swing the presidential election one way or the other.

11/07/2016

Former Schools Superintendent Eastin Announces She’s Running For California Governor

The day after the presidential election is over, the race to succeed Jerry Brown as Governor of California will rev up.

11/02/2016

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Billionaire Tom Steyer Is Single Biggest Spender In 2016 Election

A San Francisco billionaire is taking much of the credit for registering more than a million new voters this year, most of them in California.

10/24/2016

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Pool Of Undecided Voters Shrinking Fast As Final Presidential Debate Approaches

Wednesday night is the third presidential debate – the candidates’ final chance on a national stage to bring the dwindling group of undecided or wavering voters into their camp.

10/19/2016

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