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Patt Morrison is best known as a longtime reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where she has won numerous awards, including a share of two Pulitzer Prizes.

In addition to the Times, Patt is read, heard, and seen in many other places. She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and has published a bestselling book on the Los Angeles River.

Morrison is frequently interviewed about Southern California on the BBC and other television and radio programs, and was a founding host of "Life & Times" on KCET-TV, for which she won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards.

A Senior Fellow in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, Morrison was featured on the cover of "TALKERS Magazine" as one of the ‘’heavy hundred’’ of the nation’s talk radio hosts – a first for a public radio host.

Among her other honors: Pink's, the famous Los Angeles hot dog stand, has a veggie dog named after her!


Stories by Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison on the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase

O.J. Simpson had said he'd surrender that morning, avoid all the cameras and the hoo-ha, but then he cut and ran, and for hours, it was a game of where's O.J.?

Vergara trial: Calif. judge says state teacher protections unconstitutional (updated)

The ruling finds that California teacher tenure, firing and discipline procedures are unconstitutional because they violate children’s right to an adequate education.

Jeanie Buss on Donald Sterling, the Lakers and love

Jeanie Buss, President and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, talks to Patt Morrison about the Lakers, the Donald Sterling controversy and Phil Jackson.

LA's Union Station at 75: A look back at the landmark's history

When the grand Spanish-deco train station opened in downtown L.A. 75 years ago, it was a very big deal.

5 things you probably didn't know about Beverly Hills history

This year, Beverly Hills celebrates 100 years of cityhood. But how did Beverly Hills get to be the upscale paradise it is today?

Oscars 2014: Best Makeup nominee Joel Harlow

Academy Award winner Joel Harlow is a man of a thousand faces, but almost none of them are his. He's nominated again, this time for his work on Johnny Depp in "The Lone Ranger."

Northridge: Are earthquakes the price we pay for paradise?

KPCC's Patt Morrison writes with a commentary on earthquakes, the weather, the Los Angeles riots of 1992 and how the rest of the America looks at California.

How Nelson Mandela transformed student Barack Obama's politics in LA

As a 19-year-old student at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Barack Obama took his "first step into political life" at an anti-apartheid protest inspired by Mandela.

ESPN's Nate Silver on the Dodgers, burritos and politics

Nate Silver has returned to the world of sports stats at ESPN, but he’s not giving up the political game either.

Confessions of a fair-weather Dodgers fan

Each year, they come out of the woodwork: the die-hard Dodgers fans who don't really like baseball much. I am one of them.

The Hollywood sign turns 90, but how did it get here?

Marc Wanamaker is a historian and lover of all things Hollywood—he talks about the landmark with Patt Morrison at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

99-year-old Iranian woman is one of the newest, oldest US citizens

When Khatoun Khoykani was born, Charlie Chaplin was making his first films and her home country Iran was still called Persia. 99 years later, she has become an American citizen.

Patt Morrison on the life and legacy of Cal Worthington

Cal Worthington originally wanted to fly planes, just as he had in World War II. Instead, he had to settle for becoming the best-known car salesman in the West.

In 'Partly Fiction,' Harry Dean Stanton looks back at 59 years in film

Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in almost 200 films including Cool Hand Luke, Godfather Part 2, Alien, Missouri Breaks, Pretty in Pink, Rango, and The Green Mile.

Patt Morrison looks back at the history of Pershing Square

If I had a nickel for every time someone was planning yet another makeover of Pershing Square, I’d have … let’s say 55 cents.