Patt Morrison

KPCC Contributor

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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

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.

CalPERS having rare bad year

CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has been the closest thing to a sure bet among pension plans.

Online academy debuts in Rowland Heights

The online learning option is becoming increasingly popular for teens. The Rowland Heights Unified School District is enrolling students now for its IQ Academy – conducted via Internet and webcasts. Students may also meet with their assigned teachers in person if they wish.

Do warmer temperatures threaten California’s crops?

To thrive, some of California’s most lucrative crops don’t just need sunshine – they need chill time. A new climate study indicates that in the agriculturally rich Central Valley, the number of winter “ground chill” hours has declined in the last 50 years.

40th annual Comic-Con begins

San Diego’s convention center is already jammed with registrants for this weekend’s 40th annual Comic-Con International. What began as a comic book swap among fans has developed into a multi-media extravaganza that attracts about 125,000 people.

Online education extends to public high school and, potentially, to the UCs

Now that high schools and colleges are offering online instruction, a prominent member of the University of California faculty is proposing a virtual UC campus. Christopher Edley, Dean of Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley, told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that the school is developing business models now.

Is Chop Suey Legend a Lot of Hooey?

Okay, so it wasn’t the most important story we did Wednesday,but it was the most fun – Andrew Coe’s book about the cultural history of Chinese food in this country, and how the Cuisines of the Celestial Kingdom have been reduced -- in the memorable case of ‘’General Tso’s Chicken’’ -- to a spiced-up version of Chicken McNuggets.