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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

Patt Morrison on the life and legacy of Cal Worthington

Cal Worthington originally wanted to fly planes, just as he had in World War II. Instead, he had to settle for becoming the best-known car salesman in the West.

In 'Partly Fiction,' Harry Dean Stanton looks back at 59 years in film

Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in almost 200 films including Cool Hand Luke, Godfather Part 2, Alien, Missouri Breaks, Pretty in Pink, Rango, and The Green Mile.

Patt Morrison looks back at the history of Pershing Square

If I had a nickel for every time someone was planning yet another makeover of Pershing Square, I’d have … let’s say 55 cents.

Patt's Hats: Gray & pink, ant accessories and silver shoes

Patt's late-summer outfit mixes the perfect L.A. accessory with shoes a queen would love.

Patt Morrison takes a look at the history of breakfast

Why do we eat the food we do at breakfast? Most of it we’d almost never eat for lunch or dinner: pancakes, bacon, french toast or waffles. Patt Morrison reports.

NYC versus LA: Patt Morrison & WNYC's Jim O'Grady continue the debate

It’s the Big Apple versus the Big Orange, the big city bustle New York versus the allure of Los Angeles and Southern California.

Patt's Hats: Flowy fabrics, chunky jewelry and mismatching shoes

What shall we call this color scheme? How about ‘Manhattan Mermaid’? The petrel blues, the turquoises, the aquas – and then that uptown/downtown black, in this case a black linen duster over a Peter Max-style splashy-print silk dress.

The mystery ring at the Natural History Museum

Patt Morrison visits the gem vault at the Natural History Museum to get a look a their mysterious ring.

Comedian Ruby Wax on laughing through the tears

Ruby Wax confronts depression and mental illness in her one-woman show 'Still Out Of Her Mind.'

Now taking bets on Kate and William's royal baby name

No Britneys or Ashleys or Apples or Harpers or Averys, no Trevors or Ians or Seans. KPCC's Patt Morrison speculates on the possible baby names, and gives us their historical significance.

British ex-pats on Kate Middleton's anticipated baby

KPCC's Patt Morrison spoke with some British ex-pats at a retirement community in Sierra Madre about their predictions for Kate Middleton's baby.

In 'Ragnarok,' John Hodgman revels in his failed apocalyptic vision

John Hodgman is the writer and “The Daily Show” humorist who likes to portray himself as the unchallenged expert on any aspect of life. He is not. And this one, a biggie, he also got wrong.

Patt's Hats: Disney sells Tonto's headdress from 'The Lone Ranger'

Disneyland began selling a version of the Tonto headdress dreamed up by Johnny Depp for "The Lone Ranger." You’re going to be seeing a lot of these between now and Halloween.

NBA 'super fan' James Goldstein on fashion, architecture and basketball

Who is that guy sitting courtside? NBA super fan James Goldstein talks about his love of fashion, architecture and basketball.

Patt's Hats: A lei illusion and yellow shoe madness

There are so many things I like about this dress, but mostly it’s the gaily asymmetrical floral design that caught my eye.