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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

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.

Some slow to catch on to anti-cell phone-while-driving law

Some drivers are paying attention to the year-old state law against driving while handling cell phones.

California will begin to pay off the IOUs it's issued soon

If the state of California has issued you an IOU in the last couple of months, you’ll be able to redeem it soon – for cash.

More Than Taco Trucks Just Keep Rollin' Along

Thanks to David Lazarus and John Beaupre for putting their great grey matter in the headphones while I was out.

Inmate traces racial animus as a cause for Chino prison riot

Rigid racial segregation is a way of life in correctional facilities like the California Institution for Men in Chino, where a riot injured more than 100 inmates during the weekend.

Inmate assesses causes of Chino prison riot

California prison officials blame crowding, but inmates blame racial animosity and gang violence for a riot at the Chino men’s prison during the weekend.

Late guitarist Les Paul made big mark on music industry

Pioneering guitarist, inventor, and music producer Les Paul died Thursday at age 94. The people who worked with him say it’s hard to imagine where the music industry would be without him. If you think that’s an exaggeration, keep in mind that Paul developed the solid-body electric guitar.

Crowded conditions helped spark Chino Men’s Correctional Facility riot

State corrections officials blame crowding and racial tension for a weekend riot at the California Institution for Men in Chino. The prison held almost 6,000 inmates, twice its intended capacity; 175 people sustained injuries during the melee.

Musicians praise guitar innovator Les Paul

If there’s a guitar "first," it’s likely that Les Paul had something to do with it: the first commercially viable solid-body electric guitar, the first chart-topping multi-track recordings, the first solo guitar performance on television.

Fixing healthcare; taking aim at the Governor

We had plenty of calls during our segment with Denis Cortese, the president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic. He’s been one of the strong voices calling for a rethinking of our healthcare “system.


Jon Beaupre - sitting in for Patt Morrison… On the coverage yesterday of Chief Bill Bratton's resignation… the Patt Morrison team had fortuitously previously booked the LAPD chief to his regular monthly call in segment with Patt "Ask the Chief".