by AMY LEHRER photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Truth Seeker

ABC 10 News reporter Steve Fiorina initially missed his calling. Talented at math, early college studies focused on aeronautical engineering before he heard a radio ad. He then enrolled in Career Academy of Broadcasting where he learned to spin records and read copy with inflection, but he soon became bored, returning to college. After interviewing Dan Walker during his Governor campaign and reporting on anti-Vietnam War demonstrations as a Southern Illinois University student, Fiorina discovered his calling was news.

Over the years Fiorina covered many stories. He joked, “My beat is murder trails and baseball.” He covered the murder trials of David Westerfield, Sagon Penn, Craig Peyer, David Luca, Cleophus Prince, and John Gardner. He even witnessed the execution of Robert Alton Harris, the first capital punishment case in California in twenty-five years. He covered most Padres Opening Days, the Padres Yankee Stadium World Series appearance, and the journey of fans to the Chargers Super Bowl in Miami. He joined the Christian Emergency Relief Team on their mercy mission to Honduras during the Nicaraguan War, traveled to Mexico City for the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that killed 10,000, and covered the San Diego and Colorado wildfires, the San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre and the Batman movie bloodshed in Denver. Heartwarming stories included a brave boy facing the amputation of his leg and local bands joining together to raise money for a family whose daughter died in an auto accident. Regarding his reporting, Fiorina commented, “I’ve tried to be fair, accurate, and interesting.”

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Fiorina treasures the award he received for his coverage of the Danielle van Dam kidnapping and murder and the subsequent David Westerfield death penalty trial and being named Italian-American of the Year by the Sons of Italy.

For those wishing to become reporters, Fiorina warns, “Be careful of ‘blurred lines’ between news and sensationalism.” Additionally, watch, listen, study, practice, and prepare to be both reporter and photographer.

Outside of work, Fiorina spends time with his wife, children, and friends, helps plan his daughter’s wedding, hits the gym, reads, rides his bike, plays softball, creates music CDs, travels, and supports organizations. He attends the Rady Children’s Hospital Celebration of Champions dedicated to young cancer survivors and their families, Kids’ NewsDay, the March of Dimes Mother’s March, and the Walk for Autism. Locally, he supports the Lutheran Church, the Scripps Ranch Old Pros, and the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park.


 

AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Stephen Michael Fiorina
Profession: TV news
Community: Scripps Ranch since 1985
Hobbies: Softball, music, Symphony in the Park, Scripps Ranch Old Pros events
Favorite Local Spots: Lake Miramar, Hoyt Park, La Jolla Cove