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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

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Del Mar Fairgrounds Board Now Aware Of Gun Show President's Felony Conviction

May 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows' president Bob Templeton's background has come to light as a result of the heightened scrutiny being given to local gun shows by anti-gun show advocates.

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Audra McDonald Brings The American Songbook To San Diego

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Theater fans should be in for a treat Thursday night as McDonald performs with members of the San Diego Symphony.

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How A Climate Scientist Became An Ecovangelist For His Children's Future

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Peter Kalmus, a NASA climate scientist, set out to reduce his own personal carbon footprint. He reduced his use of fossil fuels over a four-year period and wrote a book about what normal people can do to lessen their impact on the planet.

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District 5 Candidate Jim Desmond Says County's Reserves 'Are Fine Where They Are'

May 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Jim Desmond has been the mayor of San Marcos for the last 12 years. He’s also a representative on San Diego Association of Governments and a board member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Desmond is a Republican.

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District 5 Candidate Michelle Gomez Wants To Use County Reserves For New Hires

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Candidate Michelle Gomez is a governmental affairs legislative analyst. She is a Democrat.

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New Book Chronicles The Beginnings Of the San Diego Lifeguard Service

May 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development of the lifeguard service in San Diego began slowly in fits and starts since the late 1800s. It took a tragedy off the coast of Ocean Beach to really mark the start of the modern-day San Diego lifeguard service.

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Local Politics 101: What's The Case For The Ballot Measure System?

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In this episode of San Diego Politics 101, we look at ballot measures. Why do we see so many ballot measures and how can voters educate themselves about the issues they address?

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District 5 Candidate Jerry Kern Says He Would Work To Allow Recreational Marijuana In County

May 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Jerry Kern has been an Oceanside city councilman for 12 years. He also serves on the community engagement panel for the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Kern is a Republican.

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San Diego Author Explores The ‘Lives’ Of Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk

May 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new biography, “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,” comes out on Harvey Milk Day, May 22, which would have also marked his 88th birthday.

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Does The Public Have The Right To Know About School Employees' Sexual Misconduct?

May 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Voice of San Diego is pushing to make school sexual misconduct records public. The fight over those records reveals the tools school districts and individual teachers have to keep them hidden.

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