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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

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.

Mold found in the ventilation ducts at a Navy h...

Defense Bill Provides New Rights For Families In Private Military Housing

Dec. 20, 2019
By Steve Walsh

For families in Murphy Canyon military housing, who have had issues with mold, the bill would local commanders more authority to require changes.

A sign showing Lincoln Military Housing appears...

Military Families Wait For Help With Mold, Other Housing Issues

Dec. 2, 2019
By Steve Walsh

Almost 30 military families were living in hotels over the holiday while they wait for the private contractor Lincoln Military Housing to address mold issues in their Tierrasanta homes.

Acting Defense Secretary Richard Spencer listen...

Pentagon Chief Fires Navy Secretary Over Handling Of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher Case

Nov. 25, 2019
By Associated Press, Steve Walsh

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq.

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen instruc...

SEAL Boat Operators Seek Their Own Independent History

Nov. 11, 2019
By Steve Walsh

Typically, linked to the Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crew are a separate unit with their own history, which is being told in a new book.

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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.