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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

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.

Why to Vaccinate Your Kids, and Some Everyday Irritations

Far and away the most calls today, and the most dispiriting calls, were about childhood vaccinations – how students entering public kindergarten are supposed to have them but how often, very often, parents exercise a ‘’personal belief exemption’’ and don’t vaccinate their kids.

Are Taxes the Same as Charitable Donations?

Some pretty startling content to Thursday’s program – and I’m not talking about just the news that the military is refusing to award Purple Hearts to some veterans who have concussion trauma from explosives, a story investigated and reported by NPR and ProPublica.

Glenn Beck and Me -- Not What You're Thinking!

For a moment there, I was really jealous of Glenn Beck.

The Iraq War: Cost Plus, Years Plus, Lives Plus

What a difference seven and a half years make. In the spring of 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, nominally to suss out weapons of mass destruction being amassed by the killer-dictator Saddam Hussein.

When the watchdog's away, the city will play

Where were the voters and the press before the scandals broke out? Overflow crowds fill Bell's City Council chambers and the neighboring community room as revelations surface that the city manager was making $800,000 a year.

The Prop. 8 Recipe: Hold the Rice ... and the Prof and the Barista

Let's begin with a rule and a caveat: never, ever insult the Starbucks barista.

Prop. 8 Ruling is Coming, and Zsa Zsa's Husband is Going

I can predict right here, right now, what Wednesday’s big news will be --

Why we're not laughing [when Comedy Congress isn't on]

No matter how bad the week has been, Comedy Congress perks everyone up -- if you didn't hear it during the program, go online. Go ahead -- give yourself a treat, and a laugh! Alonzo Bodden, Ben Gleib and Greg Proops make magic when they make mock.

Internet access - a right or a privilege?

There's a growing debate over whether the Internet is a public tool, or the domain of private enterprise for generating profit. Monday, President Obama signed a memo committing the government to expanding broadband access.