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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

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.

Program cuts are necessary to balance state budget, says governor’s chief of staff

As the state budget impasse drags on, Governor Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff is talking tough. Susan Kennedy told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that every state program and department is likely to sacrifice so California can close its $26 billion shortfall.

Governor’s office needs to cut from every department, including prisons

Every state program and department is likely to share the pain of closing California’s $26 billion budget gap, the governor’s chief of staff says. Susan Kennedy told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that the prisons won’t be immune.

Governor’s chief of staff responds to critics of budget cuts

Governor Schwarzenegger’s chief-of-staff is responding to critics of the cuts his administration has proposed. Susan Kennedy told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that there’s even room to trim programs for the most vulnerable Californians.

Ave Atque Vale to the Gloved One

From the setting for the Loved One [Evelyn Waugh's novel inspired by Forest Lawn], the Gloved One took his leave.

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.