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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

Pasadena Humane Society takes in animal evacuees from Station Fire

Pets and people need refuge from the wildfires. Ricky Whitman with the Pasadena Humane Society told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that her organization’s prepared to offer temporary shelter for many kinds of animals.

Re-examining hard medical choices in Hurricane Katrina’s wake

An article in today’s New York Times magazine examines some of the choices healthcare professionals made at a New Orleans hospital in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit the city four years ago.

TGICCF -- Thank Goodness It's Comedy Congress Friday!

But first -- okay, we know, we know. Because I'm the one blogging here, I can blame our pal Ben Gleib, the ranking comedian of Comedy Congress. We had played a clip of California Republican Congressman Dan Lungren -- once the state's attorney general -- doing a spoken-word parody on the floor of Congress of ``Ya Got Trouble'' from ''The Music Man,'' working out that all the troubles in T devolved upon the Democrats.

Senator Kennedy Departs -- and Some House Guests Don't

So much was already being said and written about the life and legacy of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, but one aspect I hadn't heard anything about is one I wanted us to talk about -- the tradition of the nation's rich and powerful families to practice a ''noblesse oblige'' of public service, and whether that tradition's vanished, or simply spread to the middle classes in the form of volunteerism and undertakings like the Peace Corps.

Mayor defends his errant lawn sprinkler

Even as he applauded Angelenos’ water conservation, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had to answer for a lawn sprinkler at his official residence. A television crew followed a tip that the sprinkler was going full-tilt at 2 in the morning – long beyond the mandated watering times in the city of Los Angeles.

LA’s mayor defends support of school governance plan

The school governance plan the Los Angeles Unified board approved this week will help to boost public confidence in the public schools, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.

Mayor Villaraigosa's Here and So, Eternally, are the House Guests from Hell

It's a very, very big deal -- the LA Unified School District board just voting six to one to open up as many as 250 more schools to charter and other private operators. This is probably the biggest change in district operations and policies since busing was instituted something like three decades ago.

Washington Post journalists recap 2008 presidential campaign

At this time last year, very little was settled in the campaign for president of the United States. Washington Post journalist Haynes Johnson recalled to KPCC’s "Patt Morrison" the political drama that unfolded during and beyond the party nominating conventions.

To Your Health -- National Reform, and California H2O

It was pretty much what you'd like a debate to be, yet it so seldom is:

Health Care Town Hall! Now, With No Added Sidearms!

In a reprise. or maybe a preview, of what Congress is up to -- without some of the goofy, irrelevant dramatics of past town halls -- we'll get some back-and-forth from Republican congressman John Campbell, of Orange County, and Democrat Xavier Becerra, of Los Angeles, on the merits and particulars of health care legislation.

To Quote PFC Scarlett O'Hara, ''War, War, War!'' Women and Combat, in Spite of the Rules

By the book, American women are not allowed to join military combat units. In practice, they do fight -- partly because two wars are straining troop strength, and partly because some women and their COs don't see why they shouldn't.

Temporary free clinic wraps up in Inglewood

Tuesday is the final day of a free health care clinic at the Forum in Inglewood. A Tennessee-based group, Remote Area Medical Foundation, operated the eight-day event. Volunteer practitioners provided medical and dental services.

Is the Public Option for Health Care Still an Option?

Why is everyone playing peek-a-boo with the public option for health care reform?

Waxman discusses viability of public health option

Congressman Henry Waxman believes there’s more than a fighting chance for a health care reform bill that includes a public option.

Congressman critical of rhetoric in health care reform battle

A congressional leader from the Southland is unhappy with the rhetoric that surrounds the health care reform debate.