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Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS Midday Edition Host

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Maureen Cavanaugh has been a familiar voice for KPBS listeners for more than 15 years, serving in a variety of capacities including announcer, host, and producer. As host of KPBS Midday Edition, Maureen has interviewed a wide range of notables, such as comedienne Sandra Bernhardt, actor John Lequizamo, author Chuck Palahniuk, composer Marvin Hamlisch, artist Robert Irwin, and designer Zandra Rhodes. But of all the interviews Maureen has conducted, her most special was with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

Before joining KPBS in 1997, she worked as a news anchor for KSDO and KOGO News Radio in San Diego. While working for commercial radio stations in San Diego and in Salt Lake City, Utah, Maureen reported on both hard news and lifestyle features.

Maureen has received three "Golden Mike" awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California for economic reporting and breaking news. She has also received a "Best of Show" and “Best Radio Newscast” awards from the San Diego Press Club and the "Flo" Award from Public Radio Program Directors Association for Best Public Radio Announcer in a large market.

Maureen is a native of Queens, New York, but after more than 20 years in San Diego she feels she qualifies as a real Southern Californian.

Recent Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

Beetle That Has Killed Palm Trees In San Diego County Could Spread

Beetle That Has Killed Palm Trees In San Diego County Could Spread

June 27
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The South American palm weevil has already toppled dozens of palms in the Sweetwater Summit regional park in Bonita.

Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert Discusses Upcoming San Diego Concert, Ne...

Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert Discusses Upcoming San Diego Concert, New Album

June 27
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Alpert and his wife Lani Hall will be performing July 6 as part of the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert series.

San Diego Author Don Winslow Discusses New Novel, 'The Force'

San Diego Author Don Winslow Discusses New Novel, 'The Force'

June 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Winslow will be talking about "The Force," his latest crime thriller about a corrupt police officer, at Warwick’s in La Jolla on Monday and Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on Friday.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Beloved Bands And Farewells

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Beloved Bands And Farewells

June 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend you can revisit some beloved San Diego bands and say farewell to a longtime choral director.

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

Exhibit Features Art Of Climate Change Science

June 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exhibit, "Weather on Steroids" opens at the San Diego Central Library June 10.

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To...

Will Planned Upgrades To Tijuana Water Treatment Plant Be Enough To Stop Sewage Spills?

June 7
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mexican officials say they are moving forward with a nearly $25 million upgrade to Tijuana’s coastal water treatment plant. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the city's sewage system needs $400 million in improvements and repairs.

Can Using Antibiotics Be Unethical?

Can Using Antibiotics Be Unethical?

June 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Even as San Diego scientists come up with more powerful antibiotics to stave off superbugs, researchers admit those breakthroughs will just delay when antibiotics stop being effective.

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

Advocate Says California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Is Too Restrictive

June 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

It has been a year since California’s End of Life Options Act went into effect. But for Faye Girsh, founder and president of San Diego’s Hemlock Society, the law does not go far enough.

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

Report: SDPD Racial Profiling Study Revisions Raise Questions

June 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report published in Voice of San Diego documents the changes between draft copies of the study and the final version. Researchers softened language and left out findings in the final version.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairs And Wonderspaces

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairs And Wonderspaces

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It is the unofficial start of summer with the opening of the San Diego County Fair, plus new dance and visual art experiences.

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