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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

'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Reminds Audiences O...

'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Reminds Audiences Of Murderer's San Diego Origins

Jan. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The first episode of the mini-series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" debuted on FX network Wednesday night. The series will no doubt revive interest in one of San Diego's most curious and tragic chapters — the 1997 cross-country murder spree of Andrew Cunanan.

San Diego Women’s March Organizers Focus On 'Power To The...

San Diego Women’s March Organizers Focus On 'Power To The Polls'

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The nonprofit Women’s March San Diego is planning to hold the second annual march Saturday in downtown San Diego. This year's theme is "hear our vote."

'The Last Wife' Gives Modern Voice To Tudor Royalty

'The Last Wife' Gives Modern Voice To Tudor Royalty

Jan. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The play, making its West Coast debut at Cygnet Theater, puts the spotlight on Henry VIII's sixth wife in a contemporary, re-imagined history.

Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Sharp To Hold Blood Drive Amid Drop In Donations Due To Flu

Jan. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This year’s flu season has already had devastating consequences with thousands of confirmed cases and a record number of deaths in San Diego County. But health officials say there’s been another consequence of the flu epidemic—a drop in blood donations.

Rep. Scott Peters Co-Authors Bipartisan DACA Bill

Rep. Scott Peters Co-Authors Bipartisan DACA Bill

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new bipartisan proposal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced Tuesday. Supporters said the bill is backed by more than 40 members of Congress.

'ThriftStyle' Authors: Be Green By Shopping At Thrift Stores

'ThriftStyle' Authors: Be Green By Shopping At Thrift Stores

Jan. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Textile waste accounts for 10.5 million tons of trash yearly in U.S. landfills. That's one of the reasons some people choose thrift shopping, the authors of "ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper's Guide to Smart Fashion" said.

'It's About Time' Festival Brings Percussion To The Foref...

'It's About Time' Festival Brings Percussion To The Forefront

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"It's About Time: A Festival of Rhythm. Sound. And Place." runs through Feb. 11. A dozen different arts organizations are putting on a total of 25 performances, installations, conversations and other events.

Councilman Ward Backs Mayor's Response To San Diego's Hom...

Councilman Ward Backs Mayor's Response To San Diego's Homelessness Crisis

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In downtown San Diego, the city's struggle to help its neediest residents is most apparent. Nearly 1,300 people sleep on the street, according to the latest census from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

Civil Rights Attorney Eva Paterson Headlines All Peoples ...

Civil Rights Attorney Eva Paterson Headlines All Peoples Celebration

Jan. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Civil rights attorney Eva Paterson was the keynote speaker at Monday's All Peoples Celebration in San Diego. She is the president and co-founder of the Equal Justice Society.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

Jan. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

North County is in the midst of transforming into an arts hub, and this weekend's exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and play based on a Jules Verne novel are good examples why.

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