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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

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lands on the...

Families Of 2018 Marine Helicopter Crash Victims Sue Part Suppliers

May 21
By Steve Walsh

A report on the April 3, 2018 crash that killed four Marines outside El Centro blames the crash on a defective part, which broke down in the helicopter’s hydraulic fluid.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd departs S...

Navy Attempts Faster Response After Coronavirus Found Aboard USS Kidd

May 19
By Steve Walsh

A Navy medical team from Jacksonville, Florida was on the ship within hours with equipment to test the entire crew.

The San Diego VA Medical Center in La Jolla is ...

VA Searching For Places To House Homeless Vets Before Convention Center Shelter Closes

May 14
By Steve Walsh

With the city's announcement that a veterans shelter in the Midway District will not reopen, the San Diego VA is pushing to find more permanent housing.

NHRC's Operational Infectious Disease Laborator...

San Diego Navy Lab Key To Coronavirus Response

May 12
By Steve Walsh

Early issues slowed the number of people being tested as the Naval Health Research Center and local military hospitals adjusted to the pandemic.

San Diego child of a military family  listens t...

USO Pivots To Serve Troops, Families Impacted By Coronavirus

May 7
By Steve Walsh

The USO estimates at least 10,000 troops are either in isolation or quarantine because of the coronavirus.

First Phase Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs (...

Coronavirus Safeguards In Place, Navy SEALs Reopen Training Pipeline

May 6
By Steve Walsh

SEALs shutdown portions of BUD/S to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but the commodore said all aspects are reopening after the reviewing the operation on Coronado and putting more safeguards in place.

The San Diego VA Medical Center in La Jolla is ...

VA Nurses Rally For Better Protection Against COVID-19

May 3
By Steve Walsh

The National Nurses Union held events at 139 hospitals around the country in 13 states, including the San Diego VA.

Hospital Corpsman Ethan Holder (left) takes a t...

Hampered By Coronavirus, Navy Tries To Convince Sailors To Stay A Little Longer

May 1
By Steve Walsh

Coronavirus has created problems for both the Navy and the sailors who planned to leave later this year.

In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo vehicles file ...

Hair Cuts Will Continue For West Coast Marines

April 22
By Steve Walsh

West Coast Marines have taken a number of steps to guard against COVID-19, but they are drawing the line at closing barber shops.

Capt. Brett Crozier addresses the media before ...

Families, Sailors, Former Classmates Show Support For Fired Aircraft Carrier Captain

April 21
By Steve Walsh

Capt. Brett Crozier was fired by the acting Secretary of The Navy Thomas Modly, after a letter Crozier wrote, imploring the Navy to take more action to halt the bread of the coronavirus on board the USS Roosevelt.

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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.