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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

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".

''App'' Schmapp -- Get Me On the Ameche

Sometimes I think I wish I had an iPhone, and more often, I’m glad I don’t. I went back and forth during our program about the variety of ‘’apps,’’ applications, for the 25 million iPhones out there -- and a nifty marketing pun on ‘’Apple’’ they are, too.

Slamming the Gavel on the Financial Meltdown, and Gaslighting Ingrid Bergman and You

I’m really looking forward to hearing what Phil Angelides has to say here today – as the head of the new commission that’ll be investigating the roots of the financial collapse, the former state treasurer will have a much bigger platform and audience than he’s ever had before.

Dolphin-Safe Tuna, Unsafe for Other Sealife? And Harry Potter and the Amazing Breathalyzer

Which story revved your blogger and caller engines most?

Scientists Worry About What Happens When AI Beats Human IQ -- and Babysitters, Helpers or Hussies?

We ended the week and begin a new one with women at work

Tracing the development of Americanized Chinese food

On hot days like this one, it’s tempting to let somebody else cook. For many Americans, the take-out cuisine of choice is Chinese food.