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
Pundits Review Arizona Politics 2011 and Preview 2012 December 28, 2011
Public Policy Researcher Assesses Arizona's Political Concerns Steve Goldstein January 29, 2016
Providing Emergency Funds For The Yarnell Hill Fire August 07, 2013
Protests On College Campuses Get National Attention Steve Goldstein December 02, 2015
Protesters Plan Run Against South Mountain Freeway Extension Steve Goldstein September 26, 2016
Prospects for comprehensive immigration reform November 28, 2012
Prosecutors deal with threats from gangs April 10, 2013
Pros and Cons Of Light Rail In Scottsdale July 10, 2013
ProPublica Piece Looks At Water As A Commodity To Reduce Waste Steve Goldstein February 18, 2016
Proposition 204: Should the state permanently raise its sales tax? September 19, 2012
Proposed South Mountain Freeway Moves Closer To Creation Steve Goldstein October 24, 2014
Proposed Dual Voting System Gets Mixed Reviews October 11, 2013
Proposal For New 3,000-Bed Private Prison Met With Mixed Reactions Steve Goldstein February 05, 2015
Property Owners File Suit Against State For Yarnell Hill Fire Steve Goldstein June 25, 2014
Project Lit: Mesa Program Infusing Literacy With Arts Steve Goldstein July 27, 2016
Progressive Activists Choose Phoenix For Annual Netroots Nation Conference Steve Goldstein July 16, 2015
Programs In Arizona Aim To Fight Drug Use And Treat Addiction In Teens Steve Goldstein January 14, 2015
Programs Aim To Take Advantage Of Seniors' Experience, Talent Steve Goldstein October 28, 2016
Professor: Increasing Pandemics Are Cause For Concern Steve Goldstein July 13, 2016
Professor Researches Importance Of Outhouses In Telling History Steve Goldstein December 31, 2015
Professor Researches Importance Of Outhouses In Telling History Steve Goldstein October 09, 2015
Professor On Public Reaction To Domestic Violence After Release Of Ray Rice Video Steve Goldstein September 10, 2014
Professor James Alm Discusses Challenges When Government Entities Try To Drive Economic Growth Steve Goldstein April 23, 2015
Professor Discusses Sexual Harassment In College Science Departments Steve Goldstein January 29, 2016
Professor Buys Signs From Homeless People For Art Project Steve Goldstein October 15, 2014