Patt Morrison KPCC Contributor
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
A spate of wildfires follows one of California’s worst budget years, and raises questions about whether the state can afford a sustained fight against those fires.
Two longtime adversaries, Armenia and Turkey, have taken a tentative step toward mending fences. In the next few weeks the two countries plan to negotiate toward the re-establishment of diplomatic ties. Turkish officials say it’s time to foster peace in the turbulent Caucasus region.
After a century of antagonism, Turkey and Armenia appear to be on the verge of establishing diplomatic relations. Turkey’s foreign ministry says the two countries plan to spend six weeks in negotiations with Switzerland as a mediator. The talks will address trade, the prospect of opening their shared border, and other issues – but not the Turks’ slaughter of Armenians more than 90 years ago.
The Wildlife Waystation, a refuge for wild and exotic animals, is moving those creatures out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was pretty much what you'd like a debate to be, yet it so seldom is:
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.
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.