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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

Surge in foreclosures may be on the horizon

Just as the housing market seemed to show signs of recovery, more foreclosures may be on the horizon.

Consumer groups express concern that Chinese-made drywall is toxic

Like many industries, home-building has gone global. A non-profit consumer advocacy group is raising concern that one essential component of new home construction &ndash drywall &ndash could contain toxic and even radioactive material. Thomas Martin of America's Watchdog says the suspect building material made in China is widely used in Florida, Texas and Louisiana.

Walmart Says Yes to Employer Health Care! And Iran -- Still a Big Story in the Midst of Michael Jackson

Pigs are flying, lions lying down with lambs -- Walmart is calling for employers to provide health insurance!

Labor union and Wal-Mart line up on mandatory employer-supported medical insurance

In recent days, the biggest private employer in the country endorsed an Obama administration plan that would require companies to offer affordable health insurance to their workers. Giant retailer Wal-Mart’s about-face on employer supplied medical insurance signals a major political shift to Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union.

Wal-Mart backs mandatory employer-supported medical insurance

Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, explained to KPCC’s Patt Morrison why his union has cooperated with Wal-Mart executives on the healthcare effort.

Different generations, different opinions, Pew Research survey finds

A new Pew Research Center study indicates the largest generation gap in four decades. Not since the Vietnam War and the women’s rights movement have so many Americans disagreed along generational lines on social values, religion, and the use of technology.

Subject of documentary about domestic violence praises film

Today, Brenda Clubine marks her first Independence Day outside prison in 26 years.

Journalist Mayer examines Bush administration anti-terror policies

This country’s response to the September 11th terror attacks continues to spark debate over what’s legitimate in the name of patriotism. New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer examined that response in her book 'The Dark Side.'

Opinion surveys suggest generational divide on range of issues

This Independence Day weekend Americans may consider themselves “one nation, indivisible.” But a new survey by the Pew Research Center Poll suggests striking social divisions along generational lines.

Brother, Can You Spare A Job?

Sometimes you wish you could just reach through the microphone and make things better for some callers. I felt that way earlier in the week, when a number of battered women called with such terrible stories of suffering during the segment about the domestic violence documentary, ''Sin by Silence.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- and Don't Pose for Pictures with ''Borat''!

Two separate challenges to the military's ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy -- and we heard about both of them.

California assembly speaker tries to explain the budget debacle

On the day Governor Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal state of emergency, California assembly speaker Karen Bass says he missed an opportunity to back a compromise budget.

Birmingham High School seeks charter status

The Los Angeles Unified school board plans to vote this afternoon on whether Birmingham High School may operate as a charter. Board member Tamar Galatzan, who represents the San Fernando Valley, told KPCC’s Patt Morrison she’s very frustrated that schools don’t have enough autonomy to make needed reforms.

Happy New Fiscal Year! Would You Like a Nutritional Chart With Your Fries?

As of midnight, chain restaurants in California will have to tell you in writing just what's in your favorite dishes: the fat, salt, carb and calorie content. Whether you welcome this change or would just as soon not know -- that's what we spent a juicy hunk of time on today.

Violence in Iraq, Violence Next Door

In fact, minimizing violence in Iraq is what the U.S. and Iraqi governments are hoping for as the deadline arrived for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraqi cities.