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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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Rows of new homes line a street in a housing development on December 4, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Noted California Economist Expects Economic Boom To Soon Hit East Bay

Chris Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, said businesses will eventually follow, as many people with jobs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley have already moved to the East Bay.

05/29/2014

Bullet holes are seen in the window of the IV Deli Mart, one of several crime scenes on May 24, 2014 in Isla Vista, California. (Spencer Weiner/Getty Images)

Bay Area Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Create Gun Violence Restraining Order, In Wake Of Isla Vista Rampage

The bill would let authorities confiscate guns from someone who threatens to commit violence, like the gunman in the massacre near UC Santa Barbara.

05/28/2014

Medical marijuana strains at Harborside Health Center in Oakland (photo credit: Doug Sovern)

KCBS Cover Story: A Touch Of Grey At Bay Area Medical Marijuana Clubs

Seniors make up about 30 percent of Harborside Health Center’s current clientele of patients seeking medicinal marijuana. The facility claims to be the largest medical cannabis outfit in America.

05/27/2014

The St. Anthony Foundation building in San Francisco. (St. Anthony Foundation)

Memorial Day Tops Christmas As St. Anthony’s Busiest Day Of Year In San Francisco’s Tenderloin

You might be surprised, but it’s Memorial Day (not Thanksgiving or Christmas) that’s the busiest day of the year for St. Anthony’s Dining Hall to serve free meals to thousands who wait in line in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.

05/26/2014

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Would-Be Berkeley Home Buyers Advertise They Are Flush With Cash

Usually it’s sellers who take out real estate ads, but in the Bay Area’s searing hot housing market, one Berkeley couple fed up with being outbid has resorted to advertising the millions in cash they’re ready to spend on a dream home.

05/23/2014

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Federal Report Energizes California Anti-Fracking Movement

Opponents of fracking are seizing on a new federal report that states fracking for oil in the California may not be as productive as initially forecast and on Thursday renewed their push to declare a moratorium on the controversial process of drilling for oil.

05/22/2014

Bottles of the generic prescription pain medication Buprenorphine are seen in a pharmacy on February 4, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Medical Malpractice Initiative Led By Danville Father Qualifies For November Ballot

The initiative was triggered by the tragic death of Bob Pack’s two children, who were struck and killed by a drunk driver high on Vicodin in 2003.

05/16/2014

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

Apple Drops Opposition To Phone Kill Switch Bill, State Senator Gets 2nd Chance

Apple has now dropped opposition to State Sen. Mark Leno’s ‘kill-switch’ bill that would render stolen phones inoperable. A new vote on a re-worked bill takes place Thursday.

05/07/2014

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San Francisco Tenants Outraged Over Lower-Haight Property Manager’s Costly Rental Requirements

Tenants at a rent-controlled apartment building in San Francisco’s Lower-Haight neighborhood say they’ve received notice from their landlord that they need to prove an annual income of $100,000 in addition to a high credit score.

05/06/2014

Leland Yee (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

State Sen. Yee, ‘Shrimp Boy,’ Keith Jackson, Others Formally Indicted In Corruption Case

A federal grand jury delivered an indictment in the Leland Yee political corruption case Friday, naming the suspended state senator and 28 other people on 50 different counts.

04/04/2014

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