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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

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.

LAPD Chief Beck on early leak of Giants fan beating suspect's photo: 'The media's relentless in LA'

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison about the suspect in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, as well as the continuing investigation.

Missouri tornadoes: Global warming may not be the culprit, expert says

Global warming may be the culprit for many natural disasters, but it is not necessarily to blame for the vast destruction being faced by residents of Joplin, Mo.

Osama bin Laden’s death revives ‘torture’ debate

Osama bin Laden’s death has revived the debate over waterboarding and other interrogation methods the US and allies used on al-Qaida operatives. Some supporters of the Bush administration argue that those so-called “enhanced” interrogation methods helped lead CIA agents to bin Laden’s courier, and eventually to bin Laden.

Operation that took out bin Laden 'unprecedented in recent times'

Colonel Joe Felter spoke about what went into the operation that took out Osama bin Laden.

Pakistanis question how much their government knew about bin Laden raid

The United States remains "deeply unpopular" in Pakistan, according to Cyril Almeida, a columnist/editor at Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper. Local Pakistani television, says Almeida, was questioning whether the Pakistani military knew about the attack on bin Laden's compound ahead of time, and if they knew why they didn't do anything to stop it.

It can blow up things, so please -- some respect for ''nuclear''

Not to be schoolmarmish about this, but just as E does not equal mc to the third power, neither is the power that this equation helped to harness [or unleash] to be trifled with -- or mispronounced.

Stephen Hawking and me

I've interviewed so many renowned people over the years that I don't get very impressed any more. So naturally, it's the one man I can't interview who impresses me the most.

Patt Morrison: Why is LA still the homeless capital of the nation?

Nearly 4,000 people live on the streets in a 50-square-block area of downtown Los Angeles. Most are black, male, poor, troubled by drugs, drink, and a criminal past – sometimes all three. It has just about the most intractably persistent homeless population in any American city.

Governor Schwarzenegger sits down for exit interview with Patt Morrison

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is down to his final days in office. Governor-elect Jerry Brown will be sworn in on Monday. The outgoing governor sat down with Los Angeles Times columnist and KPCC host Patt Morrison.

Lewis Black, Justice Ginsburg -- and You

As we launch into the loving-your-public-radio-station-means-never-having-to-buy-a-tote-bag season, I thought a little reminder was in order. It’s a reminder of the kind of programs and the caliber of guests that my team and I put before you every weekday.