Steve Goldstein photoAs the host of KJZZ’s local edition of Here and Now, Steve Goldstein‘s main objective is to moderate discussions that are intelligent and productive. 

While the show provides an open forum for guests and listeners, there’s one simple rule for all participants: the discourse must be civil.

Goldstein, who has been hosting the show since 2006, understands it’s not about him or his opinion.  It’s about giving others the chance to hear from a variety of guests with diverse viewpoints beyond the 15-second sound bite.

Whether it’s the Governor, state legislators, a nationally acclaimed author on a book tour, an expert geneticist or underwater sea explorer, Goldstein does his homework to make sure he’s prepared to ask the right questions and ultimately encourage guests to reveal what listeners want to know.

A self-described political junkie, Goldstein’s bookshelves are full of biographies of the state’s famous and infamous politicians. That love of learning started early on but is not exclusive to politics. He says he’s “always been inquisitive.”

When he’s not working on the next edition of Here and Now, Goldstein hosts weekday afternoon programs.

Among his proudest achievements is bringing home a Public Radio News Directors, Inc. award for Best Public Affairs Program.  Goldstein also shared a PRNDI regional Edward R. Murrow award with KJZZ Reporter Mark Brodie for their investigation into the practice of ticket scalping during Arizona Cardinals games. He also has a number of Associated Press awards for feature and sports reporting.

Goldstein’s work also includes guest hosting Arizona Horizon, a public-affairs show on Eight, Arizona PBS.  He also contributes feature stories to Arizona Highways and Phoenix Magazine.

Goldstein joined the KJZZ news team as a part-time weekend host in 1997 and became a full-time host and reporter in 1999.  Prior to his career with KJZZ, Goldstein served as the host of a weekly sports talk show, Inside the Game.

Goldstein and his wife, Deanne Poulos live in Scottsdale with their Dalmatian Trudi and playful kitty Betty.

Contact Steve Goldstein at 480-774-8235 or


Title Author Publication Date
Helping The Downtown Phoenix Homeless Population Steve Goldstein December 13, 2013
Herberger Theater Center Will Host C.S. Lewis Adaptation Steve Goldstein December 11, 2013
Herberger Theater Offers Lunch And A Show Mark Brodie February 28, 2014
Here & Now: 14th Amendment June 27, 2011
Here & Now: AHCCCS Enrollment Freeze June 29, 2011
Here & Now: Ben Quayle June 29, 2011
Here & Now: Firework Legality June 29, 2011
Here & Now: Grand Canyon Institute June 27, 2011
Here Comes The Money — But Clean Elections Can't Regulate It Steve Goldstein April 25, 2014
Highway to Sin City January 11, 2012
Historian, State Lawmakers On Legacy Of Burton Barr Steve Goldstein November 12, 2014
Holocaust Museum Brings Hate Speech Presentation To The Valley Steve Goldstein May 07, 2014
Home Energy Audit Could Lower Costs For Consumers Steve Goldstein January 01, 2015
Horne Campaign Investigation Continues Steve Goldstein February 12, 2014
Horne To Defend Himself Against Latest Accusations Steve Goldstein May 21, 2014
Hot town--summer in the Valley June 12, 2013
House Votes To Keep Government Open If Affordable Care Act Is Defunded September 20, 2013
How A Tuesday Night In Virginia May Affect Immigration Reform Steve Goldstein June 11, 2014
How Agencies Are Trying To Stop Wrong-Way Drivers In Metro Phoenix Steve Goldstein August 14, 2015
How Are Ridesharing Companies Faring In Arizona? Steve Goldstein April 23, 2014
How Arizona Universities Rank In Sperling's Sexual Health Report Card Steve Goldstein October 24, 2014
How big a role should nuclear energy play in the U.S. portfolio? January 30, 2013
How Can A Campaign Sign Stand Out In The Crowd? Steve Goldstein July 11, 2014
How Can Law Enforcement Agencies Reflect The Communities They Serve? Steve Goldstein August 29, 2014
How Can We Help Loved Ones With Mental Illness? Steve Goldstein August 13, 2014