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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

The Sounds of Silence -- Not Good -- and USC Trojans: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

What's that? What did you hear? Nothing?

Two Sagas: State Senator Roy Ashburn's Gay Tripper Story, and a Blue-Eyed Surfer Boy Finds His Family's Out of Africa

I'm sure you remember hearing about Sen. Roy Ashburn; the Republican state legislator from Bakersfield was arrested for DUI after reportedly spending an evening at a gay club in Sacramento, and then confirmed he is gay.

Mayor Riordan Takes Over ... My Desk, and Other Matters of Pith and Moment

Dave Barry didn't mind it when I referred to the double-play day last week when I interviewed playwright and author David Mamet in the first hour, and Barry in the second hour, as going from ''the sublime to the ridiculous.

Cracked Sidewalks - Your Tab, or the City's?

Step on a crack, break the budget’s back!

''Justice Kagan''? And Happy Birthday, Birth Control Pill!

I was just checking news websites and, not surprisingly, they’re all saying President Obama will announce the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. She’s young, as nominees go, and she doesn’t have a deep judicial track record, both of them pluses when it comes to the thrashing-out they call confirmation hearings.

Q&A: Patt Morrison talks to Congressman Luis Gutierrez about immigration reform

A man named Luis Gutierrez was arrested in front of the White House last week. He and a few dozen other people linked arms and sat down and said they weren’t going anywhere until President Obama signed immigration reform. He was wearing a shirt that said in Spanish, “Arrest me, not my friends.”

LA City Council tentatively approves freezing rent on apartments

The rent at hundreds of thousands of apartments in Los Angeles would be frozen through Halloween under an ordinance given tentative approval today by the City Council.

Oil may be black gold, but today it's black tears, too

Aaaand … that’s why they call it ‘’news.’’

The Smart Stars Come Out For Us in Beverly Hills

Doing interviews at the Milken Institute Global Conference is like two days of journalism speed dating with really smart people.

Maybe ''Vegetarians'' Eat Something Different Down South?

Some of you were just as flummoxed as I was during a certain moment in my interview with Paula Deen, the Food Network chef-star and pitchwoman for ham.

Oh Those Dems!

I spent some time Saturday evening hanging out with reporter colleagues who'd been covering the state Democratic convention all day in downtown LA, people from John Myers with ''The California Report,'' to Carla Marinucci of the SF Chronicle-- both of whom you hear me talking to about California politics -- to LA Observed's Kevin Roderick, USC analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, and Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine of the Calbuzz website.

Water mains bursting in air, and the hunt for whoever hurt that Garden Grove German shepherd

So the fact that the DWP's Monday and Thursday water conservation schedule contributed to those big water main breaks should not mean an end to water conservation programs.

Shrooms, Rx! And the countdown to saving Cahuenga Peak

Go ahead with the jokes. Make with the punchlines. But hallucinogens may find their way back into the medicine cabinet one of these days.

Jules Feiffer! Prom dress! Not related but discretely fascinating!

Having Jules Feiffer on the air today reminded me of how cool I felt when I was a kid and ran across his sardonic cartoons, with titles like ''Ode to Spring.'' Once I'd deciphered his deceptively simple cartooning, a la Rosetta Stone, I felt as if I'd tapped into some underground of hip urban insights.

Where There's Smoke, There's a Dumb Diplomat?

Can anyone with a passport and a pulse in this day and age really not know a couple of real-world basics?