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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

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U-T Series Explores Bias In Policing In San Diego County

April 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Union-Tribune's data analysis, which shows who gets stopped, searched or experiences violence at the hands of police and deputies, suggests San Diego law enforcement has a racial bias problem.

Canyon Hills High School Junior Kate Chasin pre...

KPBS Midday Edition Special: Students Return To The Classroom

April 12
By Brooke Ruth, Harrison Patiño , Jade Hindmon, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego Unified, San Diego County's largest school district, welcomed students back to campus Monday. About half of the district's students opted to return to the classroom while the other half will continue learning remotely.

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State Law Puts Sport Arena Development On Hold

April 9
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

This week, the city of San Diego got some bad news about plans to renovate the Midway District after an overlooked state law called the project into question.

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California Restaurants Prepare For June Reopening

April 7
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

Hiring concerns, capacity issues and common sense safety measures are all among the long list of topics that California restaurants will have to reckon with before the state's reopening on June 15th.

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San Diego Schools To Receive $908 Million In Stimulus Funds

April 6
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego Schools are set to receive nearly a billion dollars in stimulus funding as part of the latest COVID relief package.

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Ancestral Legacy Project Aims To Uncover Overlooked Perspectives In American History

March 30
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

A project created by a San Diego woman is recruiting the family stories of people of color whose stories got left out of the American history traditionally taught in school.

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Wanted: Your Input On San Diego's Libraries Of The Future

March 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Public Library Foundation wants the community to think about the future of its libraries.

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San Ysidro Health Leader Reflects On Impacts Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Community

March 23
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A healthcare leader from the South Bay is now receiving recognition for her work. Ana Melgoza of San Ysidro Health has helped to lead the organization through some of the worst of the pandemic — and she’s among three women honored by the MANA de San Diego organization during Women’s History Month.

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Death Of Mexican Fisherman Could Lead To End Of Protections For Endangered Porpoise

March 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

An altercation between conservationists and fishermen in a marine refuge for the vaquita porpoise resulted in the death of a Mexican fisherman. Now, lawmakers are considering ending protections for the critically endangered porpoise.

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New Report Out On Ideas For What To Do With Nuclear Waste

March 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The SONGS Community Engagement Panel will discuss the report at a virtual meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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