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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

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.

Attention Scrabble Fiends -- Now a Million Words in the English Language!

Some time around 2 a.m. Wednesday [California time], the millionth word will enter the English language -- at least so they say at the Global Language Monitor in Austin, Texas.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Supremes ... and Dame Edna Tells All!

Hello, possums! You're all being perfectly marvelous and gorgeous, with your delicious and stylish support of KPCC. Whatever you do, don't stop!

The Gloves are Off When the Gov's on KPCC

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s always been quite the salesman, starting with his best product line: himself. As governor, he’s been assiduous in selling the State of California – surely you’ve seen those commercials?

Will that Bugle Play Taps at Hollywood Park?

The sport of kings may come up one monarch short. Inglewood’s city council votes tonight on whether to convert the 238 acres of the 71-year-old Hollywood Park racetrack to a two-billion-dollar retail-and-residences complex.

Sacramento Limbo -- How Low Can They Go?

How much more can the governor and the legislature lop out of the budget, and where? Both the governor, in his speech to the Legislature, and Speaker Karen Bass, talking to me today, said they get buttonholed by people begging them to save their state funding.

Summer classes? No sweat -- because there's [almost] no school

Doesn’t anybody ever do summer like the Beach Boys any more?

Bugs and Hugs and H2O No-Nos

Under the “What’s with kids these days?” heading, here’s a ”new” trend among teenagers that of course the rest of us are just picking up on now: indiscriminate hugging!

California's budget bleeds out -- now what?

So, how do you like Plan B?

R U fed up w txtng 2?

What did that doctor call it — text-opathy? The student-teen-20-something texting craze may seem like the usual adolescent obsession with gab, from the telephone to email, but the New York Times story we talked about pointed out the differences: distraction, poor grades, short attention span, sleeplessness, and sore thumbs.

Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano visits LA ports

During a visit today to Los Angeles-area air and seaports, federal Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano reviewed measures in place to help ensure that passengers and cargo will be safe. Napolitano toured behind the scenes at L.A. International Airport: