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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

Marcus Chischilly in his home in San Diego. Cal...

Storied Camp Pendleton Marine Unit Examines Its Legacy In Afghanistan

July 30
By Steve Walsh

The Dark Horse Battalion, based at Camp Pendleton, had the highest percentage of casualties of any unit in the war.

An American lieutenant, center, meets with vill...

Local Interpreters Warn Of Disaster As US Pulls Out Of Afghanistan

July 21
By Steve Walsh

San Diego immigrants who helped the Americans in Afghanistan say the U.S. is still not doing enough, even as plans take shape to bring some interpreters into the country.

Pam and Pat O'Donohoe, parents of Justin O'Dono...

Afghan War Still Alive For San Diego Family

July 15
By Steve Walsh

Looking back at two decades of war, some San Diego families are not able to turn the page as the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan.

Fire still burns on the second day after fire o...

One Year Later, Navy Hasn't Released The Cause Of Bonhomme Richard Fire

July 12
By Steve Walsh

The Navy still has not said what caused the fire that burned for four days along the San Diego coast.

The country band LOCASH performs before a crowd...

USO Returns To The Road As Pandemic Fears Diminish

June 30
By Steve Walsh

The USO made two stops in San Diego County as part of its first week of shows after the shutting down live events for more than a year.

Ali Rasouly, a former translator for U.S. Marin...

Afghans Who Helped US Troops Say They're Running Out Of Time As They Await Visas

June 28
By Steve Walsh

The White House and Congress are vowing to help thousands of Afghans who face retribution for working with the American military. Some have come to the U.S. on special visas. But others are in danger of being left behind.

Norma Apodaca shows a photo of her brother Eras...

Deported Veterans Look To Biden Administration For Help

June 14
By Steve Walsh

Over the past several decades, hundreds or maybe thousands of U.S. military veterans have been deported after they committed crimes, sometimes decades after they left the service.

The Air Force monitoring ground water at Wright...

Sen. Padilla Proposes Bill To Clean Up Toxic Chemical On Military Bases

June 11
By Steve Walsh

Military bases across California, including San Diego, have tested positive for a toxic chemical. A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla attempts to find the money to finally clean up the legacy of PFAS.

Mourners return to Fort Rosecrans National Ceme...

San Diego's National Cemeteries Start Returning To Normal This Memorial Day

May 31
By Steve Walsh

San Diego's national cemeteries held a virtual Memorial Day ceremony. But crowds also filed into Fort Rosecrans and Miramar to pay tribute to those who died in war.

First group of women complete the grueling Cruc...

Marines Still Under The Gun To Integrate Women Despite Success Of First Boot Camp Class

May 17
By Steve Walsh

Allowing one cycle of female recruits to graduate from traditionally all-male San Diego is only the first step to fulfilling a Congressional mandate.

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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.