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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

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.

The first female graduates of Drill Instructor ...

Marine Boot Camp In San Diego Ready For First Female Recruits

Dec. 22, 2020
By Steve Walsh

The historic first female class will arrive in February, part of a test of how the Marines will finally and fully integrate women into the service's basic training.

Marc Session shows some of his mementos from hi...

Report: Thousand Of Veterans Had Claims Denied During Pandemic

Dec. 10, 2020
By Steve Walsh

A report by the VA Inspector General shows how the VA struggled to maintain the VA benefits process during the pandemic.

An undated photo of Fallbrook neo-Nazi Tom Metz...

Fallbrook Neo-Nazi Leaves A Chilling Legacy

Nov. 24, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Former disciple says today's white supremacist have their roots in the hate movement Tom Metzger made famous beginning in the 1970s.

The San Diego VA Medical Center is pictured in ...

San Diego VA Medical Center Could Be Named For A Female Veteran

Nov. 18, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Rep. Mike Levin has formed a group to name a VA hospital for a woman, as part of a larger effort to encourage more women veterans to use VA healthcare.

Temecula City Hall on June 5, 2020.

Temecula City Council Candidate Held Rally Against COVID-19 Restrictions

Nov. 13, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Posted on social media, the rally at City Hall days before the election comes as cases of COVID-19 rise around California.

Honor Flight San Diego held a drive-by Veterans...

Honor Flight Reinvents The Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 11, 2020
By Steve Walsh

In a year when COVID-19 has sidelined veterans group and veterans they served, Honor Flight San Diego tries to connect with them in a different way.

Poll workers stands outside the Malcom X Branch...

First Day Of In-Person Voting Gets Underway In San Diego County

Oct. 31, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Roughly a million voters cast their ballots even before the polls opened on the Saturday before the election.

Tease photo for Closing Marine Boot Camp In San Diego...

Closing Marine Boot Camp In San Diego Is One Option Being Studied By USMC

Oct. 22, 2020
By Steve Walsh

Faced with a deadline to fully integrate women into basic recruit training along with problems caused by climate change at the Marines' other boot camp, Parris Island, South Carolina, the Marines are considering a brand new facility.

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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.