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

Experts examine Obama administration health care reform plan

As health care reform plans move through Congress, the battle over philosophy and cost is heating up.

State treasurer weighs in on budget's effect on borrowing

The state of California’s finances worries state treasurer Bill Lockyer.

The Inconstant Moon, Four Decades Later -- and the NAACP and Prop. 8

Humankind got to the moon 40 years ago, and I’ll get to the moon in a moment.

One Man and the Moon

KPCC's program director, Craig Curtis, wrote what I think is a nifty recollection of the 40th anniversary Man-in-the-Moon day, and I prevailed upon him to let me share it. On the theory that it's better to get forgiveness than permission, I might have posted it anyway, but he agreed, and here it is:

Local officials anticipate brunt of state budget problem

Whatever the resolution to California’s budget impasse, local governments expect they’ll have to make do with less.

LA County supervisor decries proposed state budget cuts

Throughout California, local government officials are dreading the fallout from the impending Sacramento budget compromise.

New book chronicles America’s love affair with self-medication

The cover of Ryan Grim’s new book, “This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America,” depicts a fried egg in the shape of the United States.

Truth and consequences when parents join online social networking sites

Beyond the teens and twenty-somethings who are the primary audience for online social networking sites, a new cohort is staking a claim – the parents of those core users.

New treatment possibilities uncovered in Alzheimer's research

Medical researchers are breaking new ground toward potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Suburbs find new uses for vacant properties

The economic recession has created vacancies where retail used to thrive.

What's the value of giving ideas, goods and services away?

At first glance it may not make economic sense. But a Wired magazine editor argues that giving stuff away for free has helped enterprises grow and thrive.

Walter Cronkite and Some Other Stuff

Walter Cronkite was a household god when I was growing up -- the very model of a modern newsman, trained in print and tested on the air. His masterly handling of the assassination of JFK and the death of Lyndon B.

State officials consider early inmate release to balance budget

State officials are considering whether to help balance the state budget by offering early release to more than 20,000 nonviolent felons within one year of their parole dates.

Criminal justice scholar responds to early inmate release proposal

California officials have proposed releasing some prison inmates early to save the state money.

LAPD chief responds to state proposal for early inmate release

One proposal to ease California’s budget crunch doesn’t sit too well with Los Angeles police chief William Bratton.