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Pat Finn

Contributor through April 2018

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Pat Finn previously served as a producer for KPBS Midday Edition and KPBS Evening Edition.

Finn began her career in broadcasting at KTLA and KCET in Los Angeles. In 1979 she became KPBS’ Public Information Director, then Director of Advertising and Promotion, Program Director, and Director of Broadcasting. She oversaw the station’s local and national productions, including the one-hour documentary Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar, and Child Protective Services, a one-hour look inside the San Diego County agency responsible for the welfare of at risk children. Both programs also aired on public television stations nationwide.

Finn has earned honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Recent Stories by Pat Finn

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San Diego: A Temporary Paradise?

June 14
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

A 44-year-old book looking at how to preserve San Diego’s uniqueness has been re-released. “Temporary Paradise?” is as relevant today as in 1974.

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What’s Going On (Or Not) At Horton Plaza

June 13
By Pat Finn

The iconic mall, which opened in 1985 as part of a plan to clean up and revitalize downtown, is in escrow and the subject of a lawsuit.

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Roundtable: Troubles At Qualcomm, San Ysidro School District, SeaWorld And The San Diego River

Nov. 10, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There's a big offer from Broadcom to buy Qualcomm Inc., big financial troubles for the San Ysidro School District and SeaWorld, and a big mess along the San Diego River, where the homeless are migrating.

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Roundtable: Housing Commission, El Cajon Gets Tough, Child Sex Trafficking, Sex Workers' Lawsuit

Nov. 3, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The San Diego Housing Commission says there's a reason its sitting on $278 million in unspent funds. El Cajon cracks down on the homeless. The FBI cracks down on Americans who travel to Tijuana for sex with children. And a lawsuit on behalf of California sex workers reaches federal court here.

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Roundtable: SDG&E Power Plays, Short-Term Rental Mess, Homeless Campground

Oct. 27, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

SDG&E keeps asking to bill its customers for the remaining 2007 wildfire costs. The city of San Diego has had 2 1/2 years to create rules for short-term rentals but nothing has been decided yet. And the new homeless campground near downtown San Diego has unexpected tenants: children.

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Roundtable: Covering The 2007 Fires, SDPD's Salary Deal

Oct. 20, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What was it like to cover the destructive 2007 wildfires, to send reporters into danger, to get out critical information amidst crashing websites and without smart phones? Well, there was invention, cooperation and pure determination. And a new thing called Twitter.

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John Witherspoon, Public Broadcasting Pioneer, First General Manager Of KPBS, Dies At 88

Oct. 13, 2017
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

John Witherspoon, who helped create the Public Broadcasting Act 50 years ago, was KPBS’s first general manager and the first president of the board of National Public Radio, has died.

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Roundtable: DACA Demands, Feinstein's Run, Hep A Continues, La Mesa School Board

Oct. 13, 2017
By Pat Finn

President Trump said he wanted to make a deal with Democrats to save DACA and then seemed to make a deal impossible. Dianne Feinstein will keep running. Hepatitis A keeps making people sick. And the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District appoints a novice to fill a vacant seat.

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Roundtable: Mass Shootings, 'Categate,' Transparency Law, Jury Trial For Homeless Man

Oct. 6, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

Another mass shooting in America. Same aftermath? The leaker of a confidential memo comes forward. A city law meant to increase transparency gets a boost. A homeless man gets a jury trial for sleeping on the street.

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Roundtable: Hep A Blame Game, Olango's Legacy, The Delta Tunnel

Sept. 29, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego city and county officials blame each other for the glacial reaction to the hepatitis A outbreak. The shooting of Alfred Olango is having a lasting impact. The proposed Sacramento Delta tunnel is a very big deal.

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