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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

Abraham Lincoln, the American Rosetta Stone

If the real Abraham Lincoln had had some kind of trademark protection on himself, even post-mortem, he’d be rich.

Patt Morrison on the outcome of the CA Props (archived chat)

Join Patt Morrison and Bob Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies, for a live chat about how the election results may affect you.

Patt's Hats: A bejeweled crustacean for a red-letter day

Election Day plus one just felt like a crustacean sort of day. I didn’t remember until later that I actually have TWO lobster pins, and could have worn both. Like "an exaltation of larks" or "a murder of crows," what’s the plural term for lobsters?

Jasmyne Cannick and Sen. Bernie Sanders weigh in on Obama's first term

Patt Morrison spoke with Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Los Angeles-based political consultant and rights activist Jasmyne Cannick about their own thoughts on President Obama's term and campaign focus ahead of the election.

Daniel Day-Lewis and the battle of portraying Lincoln

Everyone in this country has carried his face in their pockets — on the penny and the five-dollar bill. And they carry his image in their brains. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, the man who saved the union and was assassinated after his moment of triumph.

Patt's Hats: Inspired by comedian and friend, Paula Poundstone

Not an everyday ensemble, but this is not an everyday election, is it?

PHOTOS: Patt Morrison visits the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The big reveal on Hollywood Boulevard for Gale Anne Hurd’s star on the Walk of Fame: Andrew Lincoln, the British star of ‘’Walking Dead,’’ executive producer Hurd, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO Leron Gubler, and long-time former Hurd collaborator, James Cameron.

VIDEO: Patt's Props and Pints 'Know Your Ballot' party

Propositions 30 and 38 are both about raising taxes, right? But what’s the difference between the two? Patt Morrison and her guests at the Crawford Family Forum parsed the props and clear the confusion.

Extended Interview: How death row changed Damien Echols

After 18 years and 78 days sentenced to death in an Arkansas prison, Damien Echols was released when new evidence cleared his name. Patt talks to him about how death row changed his life.

How death row changed Damien Echols

After 18 years and 78 days sentenced to death in an Arkansas prison, Damien Echols was released after new evidence cleared his name. KPCC's Patt Morrison talked with Echols about his own side of the story.

Welcome to the Patt Morrison blog page!

Introducing the Patt Morrison blog, where you can find all of Patt's interviews, Comedy Congress, and much more.

Patt Morrison and President Ed Begley, Jr.

KPCC's Patt Morrison sat down with Ed Begley Jr. to discuss his latest play, "November," running through November 4th at the Mark Taper Forum.

Patt's Hats: Oct 4th, 2012

These frilled Peter Jensen shoes [another resale find] have a fabulist, Louis XIV quality — they made me think of what the Sun King’s courtiers at Versailles would be wearing on their feet as they tripped along the parquets in the Hall of Mirrors with their snuffboxes and wigs!

Rep. Karen Bass talks health care reform in wake of strike down of health care overhaul

A conservative federal appeals panel struck down President Barack Obama's health care overhaul Friday. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) warned on KPCC's Patt Morrison's program that the conservative federal appeals panel that struck down the health care overhaul is "part of the ongoing effort to make sure that health care reform does not get implemented in this country."

Fullerton police to possibly undergo independent investigation into homeless man's death

A new investigation into the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who was beaten by Fullerton police and later died, is being proposed. The Orange County district attorney announced Monday that there's no sign officers intended to kill Kelly, but his father is calling for a broad look into the conduct, hiring practices, and training at the city's police department.