Steve Julian, Host of KPCC's 'Morning Edition,' Dies at 57

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Steve Julian

A beloved staffer at the radio station since 2000, he was diagnosed with brain cancer in November.

Steve Julian, the host of KPCC's Morning Edition for the past 15 years, died Sunday of complications from brain cancer, the Pasadena-based public radio station announced. He was 57.

Julian had been off the air since he was diagnosed in November.

“He came across as someone who was knowledgeable, friendly and accessible, and that’s the kind of sound we wanted — one that was not lecturing to you but was riding along with you in the car to work,” Bill Davis, president of Southern California Public Radio/KPCC, said in the KPCC story.

Three months ago, the station renamed the studio where he hosted Morning Edition The Steve Julian Studio. He was on the air for five hours on weekdays starting at 5 a.m.


A native of Pomona, Calif., Julian began his radio career in the early 1980s at KPRO in Riverside, Calif. After a short stint as a police officer — his father was a cop — he returned to news broadcasting in 1995 as a traffic reporter for AirWatch America based in Santa Ana, Calif.

Julian joined KPCC as the host of Morning Edition in 2000 and broke the news of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to his listeners.

When he wasn't on the air, Julian directed plays at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts and for the Coeurage Theatre Company in Los Angeles.

Survivors include his mother Marlene and his wife of two years, Felicia. A crowdfunding website has been set up to help pay for his medical expenses, which, the site notes, "will continue to arrive after he is gone."