Patt Morrison

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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

Second Amendment activist will testify against Sotomayor

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor said she agrees that the Second Amendment to the Constitution assures individuals’ right to bear arms.

''A Wise Latina ... "

... the Sonia Sotomayor hearings for the nominee to the Supreme Court. Once we've wrapped up in D.C. for the day, three of our guests will soon be testifying at the hearings themselves: two against Sotomayor, and one in favor.

Initiative would limit rights of children born to illegal residents

Activists in California have begun to promote a ballot measure that would deny state benefits to illegal immigrants and limit the citizenship rights of their children born in this country.

Ballot proposal would limit citizenship of illegal immigrants’ children

A ballot initiative proposed for next year’s statewide election would restrict the citizenship rights of children born in the United States to illegal immigrants.

Activists seek to restrict citizenship for children of illegal immigrants

California activists have begun to collect the signatures they’d need to qualify a ballot measure that would eliminate public benefits for illegal immigrants and challenge the U.S. citizenship of their children born in this country.

LA City Council will vote on renaming part of Van Nuys as Sherman Oaks

The Los Angeles City Council plans to vote this week on whether a one-square-mile area of Van Nuys can rename itself Sherman Oaks.

Van Nuys or Sherman Oaks? LA City Council will vote on it

A dispute over whether to re-designate an area of Van Nuys as part of Sherman Oaks is pitting neighbor against neighbor.

Mara Salvatrucha book author talks about anti-gang worker arrest

The author of a new book about a violent Salvadoran gang that operates in Los Angeles interviewed the head of an L.A. anti-gang organization before police arrested the man for alleged gang activity.

Actor Combs portrays Edgar Allan Poe in 1-man show

It's taken awhile, but 200 years after his birth, the novelist Edgar Allan Poe’s reputation has improved.

More Americans buying big TVs despite economic recession

It’s a beautiful day outside. But lots of Americans – maybe even you – are spending part of it in front of a big flat-panel TV. Sales of the high-definition sets are up by close to 20 percent over last year, even amid the recession.

Vatican visits women’s religious orders in US

Women in Catholic religious orders are pondering the reason for an apostolic visitation from the Vatican. That’s a check-up from a papal emissary to figure out whether a church institution is straying from approved doctrine or practice. The last visitation to the United States involved clergy sexual abuse scandals uncovered in recent years.

A $26 Billion Gut-Punch and the Oh-Ohs of IOUs

Just goes to show that there's a market for everything. Those state IOUs -- California calls them ''registered warrants,'' but we all know that they're really the Golden State's markers -- have reportedly been popping up for sale on sites like Craigslist.

Should Part of Van Nuys Defect to Sherman Oaks?

Forget gun rights or abortion -- when you start messing with California real estate, you invite warfare.

State inspector general Laura Chick discusses oversight of federal stimulus money

California’s in line for about $50 billion of federal stimulus money. The state’s inspector general, Laura Chick, is in charge of making sure California spends it well.

When a Budget Hole's Too Big, a Guy's Too Short and a Gal's Too Tall

First, the budget. It's the second time since the Depression that we've issued IOUs. Our credit rating's in the tank. And still no budget agreement in the offing on how to raise or cut $26 billion.