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Steve Walsh

Military Reporter

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As a military reporter, Steve Walsh delivers stories and features for TV, radio and the web.

Before coming to KPBS, Steve worked as a journalist in Northwest Indiana and Chicago. He hosted a daily public affairs show on Lakeshore Public Radio and was an original host and producer for the storytelling project Vocalo.org at WBEZ in Chicago. He has been a reporter on Back At Base, a collaboration between NPR and seven public radio stations that looks at veterans and the military.

He is a graduate of Indiana State University. He spent a large portion of his career as a print reporter for the Times of Northwest Indiana and the Post-Tribune in Gary, Indiana. At the Post-Tribune, he was embedded in Iraq twice. He was also an investigative reporter and covered the Indiana Statehouse during the term of three governors.

Recent Stories by Steve Walsh

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Study Targets Suicide Risk Among Gun Owners On Active Duty

Sept. 12
By Steve Walsh

Research that included the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego looks at access to personal firearms and the link to suicide among troops on active duty.

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Navy Removes Top Leaders Of San Diego-Based SEAL Team 7

Sept. 6
By Steve Walsh

The San Diego-based SEAL Team has been in the national spotlight this summer for ethical lapses on the battlefield.

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California Loses Key Military Project And Gains Funding For Wall

Sept. 4
By Steve Walsh

The California Air National Guard is losing an $8 million flight simulator as one of 127 military projects to lose funding to pay for border projects ordered by the Trump administration.

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Navy OKs CBD Use — Provided It's Topical And Has Less Than .3% THC

Aug. 27
By Steve Walsh

Questions linger over whether the rules open the door to challenge the Navy's zero-tolerance policy regarding THC, as the Navy reacts to the federal government allowing hemp-based CBD products.

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Lawsuits: Federal Gov't Fails To Protect Military Reservists Returning To Civilian Jobs

Aug. 22
By Steve Walsh

Claiming they are denied promotions and pay, reservists and guard troops are suing their civilian employers under a federal law designed to protect their civilian careers. Federal agencies are seeing some of the highest number of complaints.

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Inspector General Criticizes San Diego VA Handling Of Suicide

Aug. 8
By Steve Walsh

The report points to the lack of a consistent nationwide policy on when to label a veteran at high risk for suicide. A patient died in 2018, months after the flag was removed from his file at the San Diego VA.

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Navy Drops Afghanistan War Crime Charges Against 4 SEALs

Aug. 7
By Steve Walsh

The Navy SEALs were accused assaulting prisoners in Afghanistan in 2012, firing a weapon near the head of a prisoner, dropping a rock on their chest, then covering up the abuse.

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Chief Of Naval Operations Takes Over Gallagher SEAL Case

Aug. 6
By Steve Walsh

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will decide whether to uphold the four month sentence and reduction in rank handed down by a military jury in San Diego in the case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher.

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Rep. Hunter Ordered To Remove Marine Logo From Islamophobic Mailers

July 18
By Steve Walsh

The U.S. Marine Corps is demanding Hunter remove a Marine logo from Islamophobic flyers targeting his opponent and two other members of Congress who were also recently targeted by President Trump.

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Troops Keep A Low Profile Along The US-Mexico Border

June 13
By Steve Walsh

There have been a handful of incidents where troops have contact with migrants, but mainly soldiers and Marines have stayed away from close contact, according to the Army.

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