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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

El Cajon Seniors Flock To 'Cool Zone' In Sweltering Heat Wave

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A dangerous heat wave is bearing down on San Diego County once again, stretching from the coast to the mountains. The extreme weather is taking a toll on seniors.

San Diego County Unveils New Firefighting Helicopter As Hot, Dry Temperatures Set In

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Just in time for the peak wildfire season, San Diego County leaders and fire officials unveiled a new firefighting helicopter on Thursday at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

Councilman Alvarez Urges San Diego To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of El Niño

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“The City must be prepared to protect residents and businesses that are at risk for extreme flooding,” Councilman David Alvarez said. “Acting now to perform channel maintenance in areas that typically flood is critical to ensuring the safety of our communities."

El Niño, Warm Ocean Temperatures Lead To Stronger Santa Ana Winds

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A new study reveals Santa Ana wind events are stronger during El Niño years when they’re also combined with warm sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean.

First Female Blue Angels Pilot Soars Through San Diego Skies

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When the Navy’s Blue Angels pierce through San Diego’s skies this weekend performing daring aerobatics, Katie Higgins will be in one of the cockpits.

New Online Map Reveals Very High Fire Risk In San Diego County

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Is your home located in a high wildfire risk area? A new online wildfire hazard map of San Diego County allows you to enter your address and assess your fire danger.

Haggen To Close 25 Stores In San Diego County

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The company announced it is pulling out the Southwest market, and will focus its operations instead around 37 stores in the Northwest as part of its bankruptcy realignment.

Julian Apple Harvest, Festivities Come Early Amid Drought

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The season of autumn is officially underway. It’s that time of year when San Diegans flock to Julian for fall foliage, horse carriage rides and everything apples.

San Diego's Tropical Rains Will Soon Give Way To Santa Ana Winds

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The weather pattern that has sent a surge of warm, tropical moisture flowing into San Diego County this summer will soon transition and open the door to hot and dry Santa Ana winds.

'The Blob' Fueling Drastic Changes Under The Sea Ahead Of El Niño

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A large pool of warm ocean water named “the blob" is threatening marine life off of San Diego and along the West Coast.

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