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Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS Midday Edition Co-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

One of the portraits that will be on display as...

Trafficking Victims Reclaim Their Stories In Photo Exhibit

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A photo exhibit opening Friday in San Diego not only literally puts a human face to the issue of human trafficking but also shows how former victimization does not define lives.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at Balboa Theat...

Mayor Faulconer Lays Out Ambitious Plans For Final Year In Office

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Faulconer focused on housing and homelessness. He said he'll ask the City Council to approve an initiative that would let developers build denser and taller housing near transit stops.

A monarch butterfly sits on a flower at Butterf...

San Diego Mayor Signs Pledge To Help Endangered Monarch Butterflies

Jan. 14
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined hundreds of other U.S. mayors when he signed the Mayors Monarch Pledge. Signing the pledge commits the city to take action to help the endangered butterfly.

Passengers arrive at Terminal 1 at the San Dieg...

San Diego Airport Moves Forward With Plan To Replace Terminal 1

Jan. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The airport’s governing board approved a $3 billion project that includes expanding the terminal to 30 gates, building a new parking garage along with an access road off Laurel Street and reserving a site for a future public transit station at the airport. Airport officials say the redevelopment is needed to manage the continuing increase in flights and passengers at the airport.

Republicans attend a meeting and luncheon, host...

San Diego County Republican Party Plans To Focus On AB 5, School Choice To Win

Jan. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Republican Party is summoning the party faithful Monday night to meet and discuss 2020 issues and candidates.

The U.S. Capitol building is illuminated by the...

Feeding San Diego CEO Testifies Before Congress On Hunger Among Veterans

Jan. 9
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

In the richest nation on earth, far too many veterans and active military personnel face food insecurity. In testimony before Congress on Thursday, Feeding San Diego CEO Vince Hall made it clear that Congress needs to do more to help.

San Diego's skyline is shown in this undated ph...

Future Of San Diego's Community Planning Groups Uncertain

Jan. 6
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's 42 Community Planning Groups have operated in different ways from each other since they came about in the 70’s. Now, the city is attempting to standardize those operations.

A woman is silhouetted against the full moon in...

Who Made This Year's 'Voice Of The Year' List?

Dec. 27, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Who in San Diego made a difference, caused a controversy and perhaps, shaped the future? Voice of San Diego's 'Voice of the Year' 2019 list consists of politicians, civic leaders and ordinary citizens.

This Feb. 25, 2019 file photo shows a banner of...

5G Service Rolls Out In San Diego

Dec. 11, 2019
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

5G service has begun to roll out in San Diego. The new service holds the promise of much faster transmission speeds with the capability of moving much more data than the current 4G.

A woman walks in front of the La Bodega Gallery...

La Bodega Art Gallery Closing Amid Ongoing Concerns Over Gentrification In Barrio Logan

Dec. 10, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

After six years in the neighborhood, the gallery will host its final art show Saturday. La Bodega owner Soni Lopez-Chavez and Mary Jhun, a local artist with a studio in Barrio Logan, joined Midday Edition.

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