Patt Morrison

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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

Patt's Hats: Red on red for the College of Cardinals

In honor of the College of Cardinals and the papal selection this week … ecclesiastical crimson!

Before there was Dudamel, there was Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn died on Wednesday. He was a master of the piano’s 88 keys, and he held the key to a triumphantly long and profitable musical career.

Patt Morrison's inside view of the Oscars

Patt Morrison was lucky enough to be invited to the Oscars this year! She gives us the scoop on what she saw and what it was like to be 5th row at Hollywood's biggest night of the year.

Oscars 2013: Academy head Hawk Koch on the future, Seth MacFarlane and more

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Hawk Koch recently sat down with Patt Morrison to discuss the major happenings for the Academy at the Oscars and beyond.

Chief Beck will meet with community on Dorner firing investigation

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck will meet with South L.A. community members about the re-investigation into Christopher Dorner's firing and misconduct allegations he made against the department.

Running into Romney on the way to work today

Driving through South Pasadena I saw this along Mission Street: A political rally setup – chairs, tricolor bunting, stage, lectern, the whole shebang – for … Mitt Romney.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the case of the stolen handshake

Stolen kisses I’ve heard of, but a stolen handshake?

Former FCC head is pessimistic about the future of American media

Michael Copps worries about news conglomerates continuing to absorb local news agencies, and how more and more investigative reporters are being left jobless.

Patt's Hats: Lagerfeld, fake fur and military chic

I truly did not dress this way as an homage to our women in uniform, and, soon, in combat. Nor was it a subliminal nod to the interview we had scheduled to tape today about a new genre of military erotica – we’ll let you know when that will be on the air.

Justice Sotomayor talks growing up in the Bronx, sci-fi and more

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talked with Patt Morrison about her childhood growing up in the Bronx, living with diabetes and her love of sci-fi novels.

Civil War 'Death, Mourning and Memory' on show at Huntington

This weekend is your last chance to see Huntington Library's Civil War exhibit based solely on imagery of the war. KPCC's Patt Morrison spoke with curator Jennifer Watts.

Patt's Hats: Chanel, cloche, and Crawford

I apologize, but I seem to be stuck in the Chanel black-and-ivory palette recently. I promise to do zingier next week!

Butterball accused of turkey abuse, neglect

The food company has had some facilities raided by police after officials were tipped off by an animal-rights group who took part in undercover investigations.

Yann Martel and the journey of 'Life of Pi' to film

"Life of Pi" was a best-seller when it was first published 11 years ago. KPCC’s Patt Morrison spoke with the author about how the book made the leap to the big screen.

Abraham Lincoln, the American Rosetta Stone

If the real Abraham Lincoln had had some kind of trademark protection on himself, even post-mortem, he’d be rich.