Patt Morrison KPCC Contributor
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
Humankind got to the moon 40 years ago, and I’ll get to the moon in a moment.
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:
Whatever the resolution to California’s budget impasse, local governments expect they’ll have to make do with less.
Throughout California, local government officials are dreading the fallout from the impending Sacramento budget compromise.
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.
The economic recession has created vacancies where retail used to thrive.
Medical researchers are breaking new ground toward potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
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.
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.
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 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.
California officials have proposed releasing some prison inmates early to save the state money.
One proposal to ease California’s budget crunch doesn’t sit too well with Los Angeles police chief William Bratton.
Like most of you who called, I like the idea of a constitutional convention for California -- emphasis ''idea.'' The usual devil -- or many of them -- will reside in the details. But for starters, it really would show who's serious if the delegates had to dress as they would have at California's original constitutional convention more than 150 years ago.
Some Californians say they have a solution to the state’s recurring budget troubles: rewrite its constitution. A coalition called Repair California is pushing for a constitutional convention.