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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

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.

LA Economic Development Corp. predicts lingering unemployment

The employment slump in California is likely to persist into next year, says a new economic forecast.

Lost and Found, Men and Women

With all the scary talk out of D.C. – all right, so much of the talk in D.C. is ALWAYS scary -- we tried to get past the politics of health care reform, to the cost, and the cost benefits.

Cell phone use while driving can be dangerous as driving drunk

Published reports say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration withheld evidence that cell phone use behind the wheel can be as dangerous as driving drunk.

Determining whether Obama health care plan cuts costs

The Obama administration’s health care reform plan would save money by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and re-admissions, says the dean of UC Berkeley’s school of public health.

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.