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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 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

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher,...

Critics: Trump's Embrace Of A False Image Of Navy SEALs Sidelines Reforms

Feb. 19
By Steve Walsh

Special Operations Command report looks at some of the root causes of problems within special forces including Navy SEALs, but the SEALs own media image may be getting in the way, warns critics.

The former Space and Naval Warfare Systems Comm...

Top Admiral Says NAVWAR Committed To Staying In San Diego

Feb. 12
By Steve Walsh

The project to redevelop the old SPAWAR site with SANDAG and a private developer reaches its next milestone with a series of public comment meetings this week.

An F-35C sits on the runway during an open hous...

Neighbors Concerned Over Debut Of F-35 At Miramar

Feb. 3
By Steve Walsh

Marines roll out the new F-35C, while neighbors in University City, who remember a crash in 2008, look warily on assurances that the skies over Miramar remain safe.

Kristin Gaspar (left), Olga Diaz and Terra Laws...

Third District County Supervisor Race Could Create Historic Change

Jan. 31
By Steve Walsh

Incumbent Republican Kristin Gaspar faces two Democratic challengers in a rapidly shifting third district, Escondido City Council member Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer, a UC San Diego professor and organizer.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Seaman Tyl...

USS Lincoln Arrives In San Diego After Record-Breaking Deployment

Jan. 20
By Steve Walsh

Carrier broke its own record for the longest deployment by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, staying deployed 294 days before arriving in San Diego.

Sailors partake in a foreign object and debris ...

San Diego-Bound USS Lincoln On Last Leg Of Record-Breaking Deployment

Jan. 16
By Steve Walsh

Families of the crew of the carrier struggled with making the cross-country move and finding housing in pricey San Diego.

Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground ...

US Has Few Good Options As Marines From San Diego Defend US Embassy In Iraq

Jan. 3
By Steve Walsh

Though President Trump’s stated goal had been to pull the U.S. out of conflicts like Syria and Afghanistan, 3,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division were touching down in Kuwait, prepared to head into Iraq Friday, a day after a U.S. drone strike killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad Airport.

A  sailor walks out of Naval Station Norfolk Ma...

Millions Of Vets Eligible To Shop On Base Beginning This Year

Jan. 3
By Steve Walsh

Another 4 million people nationwide will be allowed to shop on military bases. In San Diego, they'll go through a screening process that will include a background check at Naval bases.

Capt. Walter Slaughter, commanding officer, of ...

Carrier USS Lincoln Headed For San Diego After Record Deployment

Dec. 31, 2019
By Steve Walsh

After a long stint in the Middle East, the USS Abraham Lincoln will eventually arrive in San Diego after breaking the post-Cold War record for having the longest deployment by a U.S. carrier.

Troops set up concertina wire as a Customs and ...

Pentagon Changes Rules To Allow Guard Troops Serving Along Border To Earn Benefits

Dec. 23, 2019
By Steve Walsh

The Pentagon made the change after an intense lobbying effort by National Guard veterans.

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Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher and h...

US Navy Presses On With Board Review Of SEAL Eddie Gallagher Despite Trump's Tweet

Nov. 22, 2019
Richard Gonzales / NPR

Gallagher was acquitted earlier this year of murdering an ISIS combatant in 2017 but convicted of a lesser crime. President Trump last week restored his rank, but did not pardon him.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher ...

Navy Cancels Review For SEALs Linked To Gallagher Case After Firing Of Navy Secretary

Nov. 27, 2019
Julie Watson / Associated Press

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Wednesday the case was becoming a distraction.