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Susan Murphy


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Susan Murphy is a multimedia reporter for KPBS. She started working in the newsroom in 2003, and joined the new media team in 2006, where she wrote and edited news content. Susan graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Recent Stories

Neighbors Help Family Rebuild After Devastating Cocos Fire

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It was a year ago that a dozen wildfires whipped by Santa Ana winds roared through San Diego County. The fires devoured nearly 27,000 acres and destroyed 63 homes. Those who lost homes continue today to work to rebuild them.

Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For 'Unprecedented' Fire Season

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Despite this week’s rain showers and cool temperatures, state and local fire officials are warning, come summer and fall, San Diego County could be poised for one of its worst fire seasons ever.

San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

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The Greatest Generation Naval Museum in El Cajon recently hosted a special group of World War II veterans. The sights and sounds of the historic aircraft brought back vivid memories of the war from seven decades ago.

California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

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In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mount Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive.

Vietnam War Ended 40 Years Ago But Lives On For MIA Families

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Point Loma's Elaine Zimmer Davis lost her Marine pilot husband in 1969 when his plane was shot down over Vietnam. Capt. Jerry Zimmer is one of 1,600 U.S. service members who is still listed as missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Santa Ana Winds Bring High Fire Danger To San Diego County

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The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday for San Diego County's inland and mountain areas, where winds are expected to gust from 30 mph to 70 mph.

San Diego-Based Troops Return From Middle East

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The Marines and sailors were heavily involved in Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition campaign focused on combating the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group.

Special Operations Marine To Receive Navy Cross At Camp Pendleton

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A special operations Marine will receive the Marine Corps' second-highest combat medal during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Pendleton.

San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

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Despite long-standing calls for cutbacks, San Diego County’s overall water use in February soared 13 percent higher than for the same period in 2013.

San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

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"My message to Congress is clear," said Mark Arabo, advocate for Iraqi Christians. "If they do not pass this bill, then they’re sentencing my people to death."

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