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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

Rave reviews -- mixed ... and John Yoo and you? Hoo boy.

''Rave on,'' sang Buddy Holly.

Getcha hot props, right here! And myth-busters, arachnid edition

C'mon, you know you love it. Initiatives, baby! The people's hands on the steering wheel of state!

LAUSD chief: Major cuts coming in next few years

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines is constantly faced with a slew of tough decisions and duties. Among those duties is balancing a strained budget while still maintaining an adequate workforce.

World Cup or no, do we still hate soccer?

I got a teeny glimpse of the passion that fuels soccer fans around the world when we examined the premise: Does soccer ... oh, what's the technical word? Right: Does soccer suck? [Even if you missed the segment, you can listen to it online, and tap out your opinion here.

George Carlin remembered, and genetically modified foods -- yum, or bum?

Burning up the phones about this one! The idea of raising money for the state coffers by selling electronic ad space on license plates went over like a lead Hindenburg.

Could a Supreme Court ruling send an 80-year-old USC prof to prison?

The Supreme Court just ruled that human rights advocates can be prosecuted for advising members of a foreign group the U.S. declares to be a terrorist group - even if that advice is, "Stop fighting, sit down and talk.

A ''Toy Story'' Story, and War Stories On the Air

You know how Hollywood slices and dices box office numbers – Tinseltown’s magical bookkeeping can even make ‘’Titanic’’ look like it lost money. But any way they spun it, ‘’Toy Story 3’’ came up aces over the weekend, and I put in my own ticket-window spondulix to make it so.

Lakers ''Celebration'' -- Spoiling It For the Rest of Us

If a championship team winning a huge sports title means we're going to have a post-game slugfest and arson rampage in the city streets, who wants the win?

Abby Sunderland on the ocean, the Cousteaus in it

Please, not another "balloon boy" iteration! Turns out teenage sailor Abby Sunderland’s dad had been talking to reality show producers before his daughter set sail to circumnavigate the globe.

Saving Abby Sunderland, and Re-casting the U.S. Space Program at NASA

There's rejoicing far and wide over the rescue of 16-year-old Abby Sunderland, the Thousand Oaks teen trying to sail around the world.

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.