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

The history and magic behind one of Hollywood's oldest restaurants

KPCC's Patt Morrison waxes poetic and historic on Musso & Frank Grill, a Hollywood hangout for legends like Dalton Trumbo, William Faulkner and others.

Happy 75th Birthday, Arroyo Seco Parkway!

75 years ago today, December 30, 1940, the first Freeway in the Western United States opened, changing the way Los Angeles would get around forever.

Patt Morrison on the OJ Simpson verdict, 20 years later

Twenty years ago, OJ Simpson was acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. What happened next was a sordid souvenir blitz only a famous American trial could inspire.

LA's Natural History Museum's mummies exhibit brings the dead to life

To a kid visiting a museum, is there anything more fascinating than mummies? Come see unopened caskets, 3D printing and mummified beer mugs.

Marlon and me: Patt Morrison remembers a decade-long conversation with Marlon Brando

“Listen to Me Marlon,” the documentary, introduces the world to a man a few of us were fortunate enough to know. Ours was not always an easy friendship but it was, to the last, a true one.

Restaurant menu exhibit 'To Live and Dine in LA' tells LA's real history

Roy Choi, the kogi truck revolutionary, talks about the new exhibit and book featuring the L.A. Public Library's huge collection of historic menus.

Patt Morrison remembers the 1986 LA Public Library fire

The torching of the DaVinci was the biggest unsolved arson downtown since the LA Public Library burned on April 29, 1986.

Novel weaves blackmail, music, and the Armenian genocide

Writer Litty Mathew's debut novel tells the story of Rupen Najarian, an aging musician who was his family’s sole survivor of the Armenian genocide in 1915.

Abraham Lincoln's SoCal legacy

Abraham Lincoln loved the idea of California but never got to see it. He became the first to leave a lasting mark on the state — even before Washington.

Patt Morrison, meet Patricia Morison

On Sunday, March 15, veteran Broadway actress Patricia Morison will observe her 100th birthday with one more performance. We knew the perfect person to talk with her.

Patt Morrison on the death of city hall reporter Rick Orlov

Rick Orlov — city hall reporter for the Daily News — died this past Monday. He was 66. In a place full of chatterers, Orlov was a listener.

Patt Morrison on Jerry Brown's fourth term as governor

Jerry Brown is the only man who ever has been and now ever can be elected to four terms as California governor. What is it he wants?

LA Music Center 50th Anniversary: Who was Dorothy Chandler?

KPCC's Patt Morrison interviews her grandson, Harry Chandler, about the socialite and philanthropist who brought the Music Center to Los Angeles.

Think this drought is scary? California's had it worse.

Rain fell at a fraction of normal levels, livestock were slaughtered en masse and California's once-thriving rancho economy was devastated.

Legendary TV producer Norman Lear got Americans laughing — and talking

Norman Lear — who wrote, produced and created shows like "All in the Family," "Sanford and Sons," "The Jeffersons" — says he feels he got America to talk to each other.