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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

Patt's Hats: An ensemble in honor of the late Margaret Thatcher

The twinset, in russet and camel colors, was my ‘homage’ to Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister, who died Monday at the Ritz Hotel in London.

Sandi Gibbons on journalism, working for the DA, and why she's retiring

Sandi Gibbons has tales to tell, and here she recounts a few funny, moving and plain old perplexing ones from her life in court. And I can tell you from knowing her, she is one great dame.

Patt's Hats: Think pink!

Audrey Hepburn I am not, but every once in a while, a girl’s gotta go for the gamine look, right? The ankle-length or capri trousers, the ‘50s pink and black color scheme.

Patt's Hats: Brown and orange and rose gold all over

For good or ill, I have six-months’ worth of winterish wardrobe in a part of the world with six weeks’ worth of winter. Indoors and AC are great equalizers, yet I am rushing to get in the wools and tweeds before we start sweating – probably in April.

The Oscars were almost a month ago, but...

I just found this image, which I'd like to share with you. Here I am on the Oscars red carpet, as the guest of my good friend Gale Anne Hurd, producer of the “Terminator” and “Alien/Aliens” films.

Patt's Hats: An H&M steal and treasures from Italy

So, I don’t need a baton to wear these boots, right? Good. As for above the knees, the whole notion of mirror prints fascinates me – take a look at a piece of veneered vintage furniture where you see the pattern on the wood replicated in mirror fashion. What an engrossing idea for a print!

Patt's Hats: Red on red for the College of Cardinals

In honor of the College of Cardinals and the papal selection this week … ecclesiastical crimson!

Before there was Dudamel, there was Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn died on Wednesday. He was a master of the piano’s 88 keys, and he held the key to a triumphantly long and profitable musical career.

Patt Morrison's inside view of the Oscars

Patt Morrison was lucky enough to be invited to the Oscars this year! She gives us the scoop on what she saw and what it was like to be 5th row at Hollywood's biggest night of the year.

Oscars 2013: Academy head Hawk Koch on the future, Seth MacFarlane and more

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Hawk Koch recently sat down with Patt Morrison to discuss the major happenings for the Academy at the Oscars and beyond.

Chief Beck will meet with community on Dorner firing investigation

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck will meet with South L.A. community members about the re-investigation into Christopher Dorner's firing and misconduct allegations he made against the department.

Running into Romney on the way to work today

Driving through South Pasadena I saw this along Mission Street: A political rally setup – chairs, tricolor bunting, stage, lectern, the whole shebang – for … Mitt Romney.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the case of the stolen handshake

Stolen kisses I’ve heard of, but a stolen handshake?

Former FCC head is pessimistic about the future of American media

Michael Copps worries about news conglomerates continuing to absorb local news agencies, and how more and more investigative reporters are being left jobless.

Patt's Hats: Lagerfeld, fake fur and military chic

I truly did not dress this way as an homage to our women in uniform, and, soon, in combat. Nor was it a subliminal nod to the interview we had scheduled to tape today about a new genre of military erotica – we’ll let you know when that will be on the air.