For thousands of listeners across Northern California and beyond, Steve Milne’s voice is one of the first they hear every morning.
This past week, the Capital Public Radio morning news anchor celebrated three decades with the nonprofit news operation – a major milestone in a journalistic career that started not far from the booth from which he broadcasts today.
Capital Public Radio is licensed to and headquartered at Sacramento State, from which Milne earned a bachelor’s degree in government/journalism in 1985. As the host of “Morning Edition,” his is one of the station’s most prominent and recognizable voices, reaching more than 100,000 listeners each week.
“I got into journalism because I wanted to try to make a difference, to tell stories about people who don’t really have voices,” Milne says. “My experience at Sacramento State really drove me in that direction.”
Growing up, Milne would tag along with his dad to the Sac State campus and says he never doubted he, too, would be a Hornet. He broke into broadcasting with Capital Public Radio as a student intern in 1983.
Over the past 30 years, Milne has served in a multitude of roles on and off the air: He hosted the popular world music program “Global Beat,” reported hard-news stories as a newscaster, contributed to award-winning documentary series, anchored “All Things Considered,” and in 2009 took over as co-anchor of “Morning Edition” – the station’s most popular program.
But for all the accolades he has earned over the years, Milne says his greatest reward is still simply being able to use his voice to inform, educate, and inspire his listeners, to tell stories that otherwise wouldn’t be heard.
He says Sac State and Professors William Dorman and the late Joe Serna Jr., who served as the city’s mayor from 1993 to 1999, had a profound impact on him personally and professionally.
“For both William Dorman and Joe Serna, there was passion but also the high ideals of what journalism could do to change society (and) make the public aware of injustices in the world … instilling in the students that we had a great future ahead of us and that we could make a difference,” Milne says.
As he celebrates 30 years of making a difference, Milne is still embodying the principles and ideals that inspired him to get into journalism all those years ago.
Congratulations to Steve on a truly remarkable career, and here’s to many more years on the air! Be sure to check out his Made at Sac State profile for a more detailed look into the life of one of the most popular personalities in public radio.