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
'Border Markers' Spotlights Desert Sticks Made Art Steve Goldstein October 10, 2016
'Cartel Land' Documentary Follows Vigilantes Fighting Mexico's Drug Cartels Steve Goldstein July 10, 2015
'Check, Please! Arizona' Welcomes Mark Tarbell As New Host Steve Goldstein September 21, 2016
'Credible And Serious Threat' Shutters Arizona Elections Website Steve Goldstein July 06, 2016
'Dark Money' Donation Growth Surges In Arizona Steve Goldstein June 27, 2016
'Dark Money': Unmask The Givers, Or Keep Status Quo? Steve Goldstein August 06, 2014
'Drive' Creator Still Teaches Novel Writing Class Steve Goldstein December 18, 2013
'Ear Film' at Mesa Arts Center Showcases Sound Experience Steve Goldstein March 17, 2017
'Fairy Worlds' Takes On Shakespeare At Botanic Garden Steve Goldstein May 16, 2014
'Field of Dreams' Atmosphere For UA Wildcats At College Baseball World Series Steve Goldstein June 23, 2016
'Greater Urgency' For Young People To Vote This Election Steve Goldstein August 17, 2016
'Green Book' Guided African Americans Through Hostile America Steve Goldstein July 25, 2016
'Hey ISIS, You Suck' A Phoenix Billboard Message From #ActualMuslims Steve Goldstein August 26, 2016
'History Of The Future' Film Series Opens At FilmBar In Phoenix Steve Goldstein May 25, 2016
'Hotel Arizona' Gives A Window To Migration Economy Steve Goldstein October 05, 2016
'Jerry Maguire' Wide Receiver Subject Of NFL Documentary Steve Goldstein January 23, 2017
'Moment:' New Tech Communicated Through Touch Steve Goldstein October 06, 2016
'Nationalism' Taking On Questionable Connotations Recently Steve Goldstein April 19, 2017
'No Weed On Central' Fighting Dispensary Zoning Ruling Steve Goldstein March 03, 2017
'Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country' Playing In Mesa Steve Goldstein November 18, 2016
'On Trails' Explores Natural, Spiritual Paths Through Life Steve Goldstein July 20, 2016
'Phoenix New Times' On The State Of The Arts Steve Goldstein March 19, 2015
'Rail Rodeo,' National Transportation Conference Roll Into Phoenix Steve Goldstein June 15, 2016
'Regulatory Capture' Key Factor In Utility Whistleblower Case Steve Goldstein February 27, 2015
'Right To Try' For Terminally Ill Patients Will Be On Ballot Steve Goldstein June 18, 2014