Susanne Whatley

Host, Morning Edition

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Susanne Whatley hosts KPCC's Morning Edition.

Whatley has a long history in Southern California and network news. She came to KPCC after anchoring at all-news KFWB and talk powerhouse KFI, and hosting public affairs shows for KOST.

After graduating from USC and circling the globe with a backpack for a year, she began her career as a general-assignment field reporter covering courts, crime, quakes, fires, floods, and politics for KRTH and as an L.A. correspondent for national radio networks including the Associated Press. She served over a decade as the Hollywood correspondent for the A.P.'s "Portfolio" news magazine, interviewing hundreds of film and TV stars, directors and writers. She also hosted weekly live reports for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Her honors include Golden Mikes and APTRA awards for Best Newscast and Best News Writing. Additional awards from those and other professional organizations include first place in spot news, documentary, entertainment and feature reporting and use of feature sound.

In 2009, she jumped into television and hosted "Healthline", a weekly cable interview show.

Whatley was born and raised in the Pasadena area and enjoys a deep appreciation of the region's people, places and peculiarities. She is an orange belt in Shaolin Kempo karate, and at peace with the fact her teen daughters will always outrank her in the sport.

Stories by Susanne Whatley

PHOTOS: Rare movie posters expected to sell for thousands

Longtime film critic Leonard Maltin will auction off his rarest movie posters, including Three Stooges and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs lobby cards.

Voice of Santa Anita starts 30th season calling horse racing

The 2012 Breeders' Cup gets underway this weekend at Santa Anita Park. KPCC caught up with Denman as he begins his 30th season as the Voice of Santa Anita.

LA Jazz Society honors jazz giant Wayne Shorter (photos)

The L.A. Jazz Society is honoring jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. From bop to fusion to rock, Shorter has spanned musical genres and generations.

LA gallery showcases rare Rolling Stones snapshots (PHOTOS)

Some never-before-exhibited photos of the band are at Dilettante Gallery in downtown L.A. The photos are circa '65, when the band was on a U.S. tour.

Modern rocketeer flies jet pack to set a world record

Dean O'Malley talks about his 26.2-mile jet pack voyage from Newport Beach to Catalina Island. It took about four hours this weekend.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies at 61

Ride was a Ph.D candidate at Stanford when she answered an ad to become a NASA astronaut. She died in La Jolla, California after a battle with cancer.

Suit up, Los Angeles: You've got a new official condom

The winning entry of a L.A. County condom wrapper contest incorporates an understated image of a black bow.

Polar bear mom star of 3-D film 'To the Arctic'

It wasn't until their final expedition that Greg and Shaun MacGillivray found the stars of their latest project: A polar bear and her two cubs.

Assemblyman back after year in Afghanistan

Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Gorell checked out from a year of active duty last Thursday, and checked in to his job as a member of the State Assembly in Sacramento.

Hunger Games kills at weekend box office

"The Hunger Games" slaughtered at the box office this weekend, setting new records for film openings in March and for movies that aren't sequels.

New LAIR reptile exhibit opening at LA Zoo

All manner of cold-blooded creatures are settling into new digs at the L.A. Zoo. It’s called Living Amphibian, Invertebrates, and Reptiles, or “LAIR” for short.

Dogs now permitted on restaurant patios

Waiter, there's a dog in my soup. Dogs are now legally permitted on patios to enjoy the luxury of outdoor restaurant dining alongside their owners.

Villaraigosa on Occupy LA, city budget, declining crime

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with KPCC about Los Angeles' budget, L.A.'s crime rates declining for a ninth straight year, how Occupy L.A. changed the city budget and more. Here's what he had to say.

Judge OKs Malibu Lagoon restoration to mixed reviews

The Malibu Lagoon restoration project can go forward. That's the decision of a San Francisco judge who’d put the brakes on the effort earlier this year. Not everyone is pleased with the decision to restore circulation to the lagoon's brackish waters.

JPL celebrates 75th anniversary with new documentary 'The American Rocketeer'

This fall, Pasadena's NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory observes the 75th anniversary of the first rocket experiments in the Arroyo Seco, the site that later became its home. The first experiments were 75 years ago this Halloween.