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

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.

California vs. New York Smackdown!

WNYC's Brian Lehrer and I tussled our way to the bottom in our spirited argument over whose legislature is worse, the Golden State's or the Empire State's? [You can cast your vote at the Patt Morrison blog].

Adieu, Michael Jackson, and a Look at the T-word: Torture

The news of his death broke in the last moments of the program today, and it's still reverberating.

Double Your Chances at Winning an Oscar!

I know, it's not the most earth-shattering of news, but the fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now opening up the Best Picture Oscar sweepstakes to ten -- count 'em, ten -- films is pretty big stuff around here.

Okay, So No Antonio-for-Governor Buttons -- but the Muscle Car May Be Back?

This just in!!

The $$ Drag on Your 401k, and -- You Learn Something Every Day -- ''Rubber Drag''

It isn't just the crummy economy that's chewing away at some 401ks. The fees charged by the companies that manage them can run into the tens of thousands over the life of a 401k. So Congressional Democrats are putting forward a truth-in-handling bill that would require investors to reveal very clearly, in forthright dollars, not fine-print percentages, how much investors are charging.

Not Funny in Farsi, 140 Characters at a Time

Hearing from so many Iranians and Iranian-Americans today gave a real sense of connection to the goings-on half a day and half the world away. From the PhD student at USC to the woman who just returned from a visit to her family to an engineer due to go back next month to be married, we got vivid stories of fleeting phone calls and online videos and ''tweets'' that are keeping Iranians connected to the world in the face of censorship.

Private donors pay for most of million-dollar Lakers victory parade

The city of Los Angeles has found the money and cleared the way for a Lakers victory parade tomorrow.

Obama Calls the Wild and Crazy Financial Markets to Heel

For a time it looked as if the financial markets, with all their fancy instruments like derivatives and short-selling, were playing a ''heads-I-win, tails-you-lose'' game -- until it all came crashing down last autumn with AIG and scads more companies.

We Won't Rain on Their Parade -- But Should We Pay For It?

Woo hoo and congrats to the Lakers, bringing home the big trophy. What they've come home to [besides the cleanup from the deplorable ''celebration'' mini-riots on Sunday night] is a pretty vinegary debate about whether a city that's got a half-billion-dollar hole in its budget should pony up any dough toward a victory parade.

Slammin' the Gavel to Convene Comedy Congress

So fantastic to get Comedy Congress back in session today -- with Aisha Tyler and David Greene representing the District of Punchlines. What can I say? Hilarity ensues. Go to the website and enjoy listening to it all over again.

Ow! My Head!

As a migraine sufferer -- a ''migraineur,'' or in my case ''migraineuse,'' according to Andrew Levy's book ''A Brain Wider Than the Sky'' -- I was just as absorbed as a whole lot of you were to hear particulars about the affliction that is so painful and so isolating that the word ''headache'' practically trivializes it.