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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

Chief Personnel Specialist Jennifer Johnston co...

After A Military-Wide Stand Down To Address Extremism, What's The Pentagon's Next Step?

April 9
By Steve Walsh

After the January 6 Capitol insurrection, the Pentagon ordered all service branches to discuss extremism with the troops. But observers say that's only a first step toward eliminating extremist behavior.

The first class of female recruits arrived at M...

The Marine Corps Has Now Opened Both Its Boot Camps To Women, But Full Equity Remains Elusive

March 29
By Steve Walsh and The American Homefront Project

The Marines have the fewest number of women of any of the services. Though the Corps has now integrated its two boot camps, that's just one of several hurdles the Corps faces to fully embracing women.

Female Marine recruits on the Slide for Life ob...

COVID-19 Isolates But Doesn't Sideline First West Coast Class Of Female Marine Recruits

March 10
By Steve Walsh

The first class of female Marine recruits on the West Coast is in isolation after one recruit tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff Sgt. Romeo Pactores fought to remain in t...

Troops With Service-Related Mental Health Issues Say It's Unfair To Kick Them Out Of Military

Feb. 23
By Steve Walsh

Marines with PTSD and other wounds of war continue to be involuntarily discharged for misconduct, despite an efforts to keep them in the corps.

Marine recruits line up at Marine Corps Recruit...

Female Marines Begin Historic West Coast Boot Camp In San Diego

Feb. 10
By Steve Walsh

The first group of West Coast female Marine recruits officially started training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Tuesday.

Sailors at a change of command ceremony for the...

Task Force Report Looks At Discriminations In Navy's Ranks

Feb. 5
By Steve Walsh

Critics say Task Force One Navy did not go far enough to address open racism in the Navy.

The first women are the new recruits lining up ...

First Women Marine Recruits Arrive In San Diego For Basic Training

Jan. 26
By Steve Walsh

Making history, the first 60 women will go through boot camp in San Diego for the first time at MCRD, part of a Congressionally mandated change.

Supporters of President Trump climb the west wa...

Vet Groups Slowly Coming To Terms With Violent Extremists In Their Ranks

Jan. 22
By Steve Walsh

Veterans have been a target of violent extremist groups for years, but veterans groups have not stepped up the way they have with suicide prevention and other issues.

Spc. First Class Leticia Martinez give a tour o...

Pandemic Profile: Navy Mom Balancing Motherhood And Pandemic Protocols

Dec. 28, 2020
By Steve Walsh

In San Diego, the Navy has never wavered in its protocols, as the service tries to contain the spread of COVID-19. That has made it tough for one single mother.

Chief Warrant Officer Cooper Williams faces bei...

One Camp Pendleton Marine Is Fighting To Stay In The Corp

Dec. 23, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Protections designed to help veterans thrown out of the service for conduct tied to combat-related mental health issues don't extend to active duty troops. They face being kicked out for similar issues.

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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.

An Sea Hawk helicopter provides aerial firefigh...

Massive Blaze Aboard Navy Ship On San Diego Bay Declared Extinguished

July 16, 2020
By City News Service

As of early afternoon Thursday, "all known fires" on the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego were out.