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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

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week allocated $20 million for nonprofits to help Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to renew their status. Some of that money will cover the $495 application fee for low-income DACA recipients based on demand.

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few P...

San Diego Could Face $40B In Earthquake Damage. So Why Are So Few People Insured?

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

There's an ever-present risk of a major earthquake in Southern California. But only 12 percent of Californians with home insurance or rental insurance have earthquake protection.

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Carmegeddon At The Border Starts Saturday

Sept. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Interstate 5 will be closed to southbound car traffic entering Mexico from San Ysidro starting at 3 a.m. Saturday. The closure, which is part of ongoing infrastructure improvements, will run through noon on Monday.

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us A...

La Jolla Physician Discusses Book On 'How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It'

Sept. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In his book, "Gasping For Air: How Breathing Is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It," Dr. Kevin Glynn talks about the internal and external factors that are causing many people to struggle to breath.

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

How One Writer Built A Career Off Side Hustles

Sept. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

According to one estimate, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle and for some, a second job could be more than another stream of income.

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

'Second Wave' Podcast Explores Vietnamese-American Experience

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the "Second Wave" podcast produced by KUOW public radio in Seattle and PRX, host Thanh Tan explores the experience of her parent's generation who fled the Vietnam War and settled in the U.S. as refugees, and the experience of her generation who were born and raised in the U.S.

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20...

San Diego To Increase Food And Yard Waste Composting By At Least 20 Percent

Sept. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego has $3 million more to spend on diverting food waste from the Miramar Landfill. The grant funding from the State of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will fund an expansion of the composting facility at the landfill and a food rescue program.

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego To Slow Down

Sept. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Critics of San Diego's move toward community choice aggregation have formed a coalition questioning a potential plan to let the city buy power separately from San Diego Gas & Electric.

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans ...

Scripps Study: There's A Chance Climate Change Can Wipe Out Humans By 2050

Sept. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are out with new calculations that find a small potential for global warming of such magnitude that it could wipe out life on earth.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: An Ambitious Art Show

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: An Ambitious Art Show

Sept. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a massive art installation and a party in Old Town.

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