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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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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Big Musical, A Small Musical And A Potter Musical

July 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Three new musicals open this weekend, one based on a Disney movie, another based on an Irish indie film and the third inspired by the Harry Potter series.

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The Legal Geeks Use Pop Culture To Teach About The Legal System

July 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

How accurate was the trial of the Punisher? Did Luke Skywalker have a legal obligation to save the galaxy from the First Order? Those questions will be answered by real-life judges and attorneys on panels at Comic-Con this week.

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Who Was Earl McNeil?

July 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new story by The Appeal, a national news organization that covers criminal justice issues, has uncovered that Earl McNeil was a jailhouse informant for the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

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5 Things To Know Before You Buy Sunscreen

July 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diegans know that sunscreen is an essential part of outdoor gear. But if your sunscreen isn’t working, it may not be the product’s fault. Dr. Robert Dorschner, a dermatologist at UC San Diego Health, offers some advice to find a sunscreen that's right for you.

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Gun Magazine Restriction Halted By 9th Circuit

July 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction halting a California law restricting the size of gun magazines. And a federal judge who ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from a published article changed his mind.

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Nonprofit Protects First Amendment Rights Of Comic Book Readers And Creators

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Beyond the walls of Comic-Con, comics and graphic novels still face instances of censorship and discrimination.

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Newly Released San Onofre Emails Show Public Business Done In Private With Gov. Brown Advisers

July 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The private discussions of public energy officials in California about the now-shuttered San Onofre power plant are still the subject of scrutiny.

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KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir 'Crux'

July 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In her new book, "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir," Jean Guerrero writes about her childhood, family history and most especially her father, who she calls the "ultimate migrant."

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Former US Attorney: Trump's Russia Statements 'Debilitating' To Morale Of Intelligence Community

July 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In response to a question from a reporter, President Trump said, "People came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be."

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Calls To Abolish ICE Getting Louder

July 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A group of progressive House Democrats has introduced a bill to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and House Republicans say they plan to bring it to the floor for a vote this month.

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