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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

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires

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San Diego’s most destructive wildfires have occurred during the month of October — typically the time of year when vegetation reaches its driest point and strong Santa Ana winds blow in.

Rady Children's Hospital Doctors Urge Flu Vaccine

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The peak of San Diego’s flu season is likely still weeks away, but health officials at Rady Children’s Hospital are urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated now.

Cameras Keep Watch Over Fire-Prone Regions Across San Diego County

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The high-tech instruments that measure seismic motion and monitor climate hazards are also equipped with cameras that allow fire officials to keep watch over remote fire-prone regions.

San Diego Researcher Discovers New 'Potentially Significant' Earthquake Fault

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The newly discovered Salton Trough Fault could be as long as 40 kilometers (about 25 miles), long enough to produce a large-magnitude quake.

San Diego Leaders Urge Support For Plastic Bag Ban

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San Diego already approved a plastic bag ordinance in July, which is set to take effect next year. A statewide ban would take effect immediately.

Alpha Project Proposes Plan To House 800 San Diego Homeless

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The soaring homeless street population has reached a crisis level, so Bob McElroy of the Alpha Project is proposing a plan to take as many as 800 people off the streets.

ITT Closure Leaves Some Veterans Without A Housing Allowance

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The sudden shutdown this month of ITT Technical Institute has not only left students scrambling to transfer their credits, it has also left some veterans worrying about how they’ll pay their rent.

Restored Churchill Hotel Houses 72 Homeless

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The century-old Hotel Churchill is restored and providing affordable rentals to 72 homeless people, including veterans and at-risk youth.

San Diego County Rents Rise As Vacancies Fall

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The average cost to rent in San Diego County has risen 7.7 percent since March, while vacancy rates for apartments have dropped to 2 percent.

Father Joe's To Expand Permanent Housing Programs

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More than 200 homeless people in San Diego County will soon have a key to their own front door. Father Joe’s Villages is turning some of its transitional units into permanent housing.

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