Patt Morrison

KPCC Contributor

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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

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.

Watchdogs wary of foreign money funding election campaigns; others oppose disclosure

Calls for disclosure and transparency are being weighed and debated on the heels of a recent report that alleges the U.S. Chamber of Commerce funds its political campaign ads out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding.

Bell Dude Gets the Charmin Treatment -- and Help for Phone Bill Hell?

After the authorities swooped in early one morning recently and arrested that bunch of Bell city officials, I had to wonder whether some of them might find jail a teeny bit less stressful than the prospect of showing their faces in public again.

Whitman, Brown hold last debate before election day tonight

Tonight is the last gubernatorial debate between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman. Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is the moderator of tonight's debate and spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison.

KCET drops PBS, risks viewer loyalty to avoid $6.8M yearly dues

KCET, one of the largest public television stations in the nation, officially announced its decision to cease broadcasting PBS programming.

Richard Dawkins, science star and atheist poster PhD, and Philip Roth on polio

Love him or hate him -- and millions of people do just that -- Richard Dawkins is a brilliant evolutionary biologist and a compelling polemicist for atheism. In this very religious country, where atheist billboards generate protests, Americans tell pollsters that the last candidate they'd ever vote for is an atheist.

Your turn to play ... me!

Next week's hour-long U.S. Senate debate between Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina promises to be a barn-burner -- right here at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29.