Steve Walsh

Military and Veterans Reporter, KPBS

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 Vocalo.org 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.

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The veterans group AMVETS distributed this early prototype of the VA's new veterans ID card in October. The VA has not released a final design, and it's not clear if the Office Depot logo will appear on the final card.
AMVETS

The new veterans ID cards were mandated by a 2015 law. But some veterans groups are raising questions about the possibility that the cards will include corporate branding.

The crew of an Amphibious Assault Vehicle waits on Red Beach in California during an October exercise.
Beverly Woodworth / KPBS

During a San Diego training exercise, the Marine Corps tried out some new tools to enhance its amphibious landings.

The USS Fitzgerald sits in dry dock in Yokosuka, Japan after a June 17 collision with a merchant vessel.
Christian Senyk / U.S. Navy

Human error is likely to be among the causes of two separate collisions involving Navy destroyers. The accidents killed 17 sailors.

Marines carry men wounded in a 1966 firefight in Vietnam.
Larry Burrows / Getty Images via PBS

The ten-part documentary by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is at times graphic, and people who work with veterans say it may trigger traumatic memories for those who fought in Vietnam.

Sailors steer the USS Gabrielle Giffords as the ship comes into San Diego.
Steve Walsh / American Homefront

The speedy, high-tech Littoral Combat Ship has been plagued with delays, mechanical problems and cost overruns.

In the past decade the military has become increasingly open to service members of different genders and sexual identities.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Pletcher, left, and Robert Huie speak with reporters in San Diego after "Fat Leonard" Francis pleaded guilty to bribery charges in 2015.
Lenny Ignelzi / AP

28 people have been charged so far in the so-called "Fat Leonard" bribery scandal. While the Navy has beefed up its ethics training, it also faces longstanding cultural challenges.

Vietnam veterans James Lischer, left, and Bobby Lux get ready to surf at Del Mar. Since the 1960's, surfing has helped them open up about their experience in Vietnam.
Katie Schoolov / KPBS

For U.S. troops in Vietnam, the "China Beach" surfing spot provided a rare recreational outlet during the war. Some still seek healing from the waves.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (left) looks at a drone with soldiers from a Cyber Electromagnetic Activities Support Team at Fort Irwin, Cal.
Chuck Burden / U.S. Army

To prepare for sophisticated enemies, soldiers are learning to use and defend themselves against cyber weapons.