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

Attention Scrabble Fiends -- Now a Million Words in the English Language!

Some time around 2 a.m. Wednesday [California time], the millionth word will enter the English language -- at least so they say at the Global Language Monitor in Austin, Texas.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Supremes ... and Dame Edna Tells All!

Hello, possums! You're all being perfectly marvelous and gorgeous, with your delicious and stylish support of KPCC. Whatever you do, don't stop!

The Gloves are Off When the Gov's on KPCC

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s always been quite the salesman, starting with his best product line: himself. As governor, he’s been assiduous in selling the State of California – surely you’ve seen those commercials?

Will that Bugle Play Taps at Hollywood Park?

The sport of kings may come up one monarch short. Inglewood’s city council votes tonight on whether to convert the 238 acres of the 71-year-old Hollywood Park racetrack to a two-billion-dollar retail-and-residences complex.

Sacramento Limbo -- How Low Can They Go?

How much more can the governor and the legislature lop out of the budget, and where? Both the governor, in his speech to the Legislature, and Speaker Karen Bass, talking to me today, said they get buttonholed by people begging them to save their state funding.

Summer classes? No sweat -- because there's [almost] no school

Doesn’t anybody ever do summer like the Beach Boys any more?

Bugs and Hugs and H2O No-Nos

Under the “What’s with kids these days?” heading, here’s a ”new” trend among teenagers that of course the rest of us are just picking up on now: indiscriminate hugging!

California's budget bleeds out -- now what?

So, how do you like Plan B?

R U fed up w txtng 2?

What did that doctor call it — text-opathy? The student-teen-20-something texting craze may seem like the usual adolescent obsession with gab, from the telephone to email, but the New York Times story we talked about pointed out the differences: distraction, poor grades, short attention span, sleeplessness, and sore thumbs.

Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano visits LA ports

During a visit today to Los Angeles-area air and seaports, federal Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano reviewed measures in place to help ensure that passengers and cargo will be safe. Napolitano toured behind the scenes at L.A. International Airport:

Veteran marketer talks about changing strategy in recession

The economic recession is causing some businesses to approach their customers differently than before. Marketing veteran Lynda Resnick – owner of POM Wonderful, Teleflora, and Fiji Water – says she’s certainly changed her tune.

Black Caucus members meet with Castro

A Southland lawmaker joined other members of the Congressional Black Caucus during a meeting this week with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana. Long Beach Congresswoman Laura Richardson told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that Castro knew her name and details about her district.

Mayor Villaraigosa says he would take pay cut along with city employees

Because the city of Los Angeles is facing a $530 million budget gap, its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, is urging city employees to take unpaid days off and salary cuts. He told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that he wouldn’t be immune.

Retired judge supports marijuana legalization

A bill in the California legislature would regulate marijuana the same way the state and federal governments do the sale of alcohol – not as an illegal substance but as a restricted one. Jim Gray, a retired Orange County Superior Court judge, told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” he believes that approach makes sense.

Truck that crashed in La Canada Flintridge shouldn't have been there

In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s fatal big rig crash in La Cañada Flintridge, elected officials criticized the state transportation agency claiming that it didn’t do enough to keep heavy trucks off a steep portion of the Angeles Crest Highway. Caltrans regional official Doug Failing told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that there are signs along the route prohibiting big rigs, and that the driver would have seen them.