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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

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.

Job creation key to reviving economy, labor secretary says

Job creation is essential to economic recovery, says Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Congressional health care reform proponents fear for its prospects

During the congressional recess, some supporters of the Obama administration’s health care reform plan say they’re concerned that it may lose momentum.

Labor Secretary Solis weighs in on health care reform plan

The health of the U.S. economy depends on Congress' ability to pass a health care reform plan, federal Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told KPCC’s "Patt Morrison."

Nostalgia for the 2008 Campaign and Child Thievery -- a Phase, Not a Career Path

There are about 327,000 official state-of-California IOUs around out there, and on September 4 -- one month ahead of schedule -- you can go ahead and cash yours in for real money. State Controller John Chiang laid it all out on Friday.