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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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George Takei Speaking About New Graphic Novel, 'They Called Us Enemy' At Comic-Con

July 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"The Called Us Enemy" tells the story of George Takei's childhood years spent in internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. The scenes and illustrations bring that shameful episode in American history to life.

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Investigation Reveals Less Than 10% Of San Diego Rape Cases Solved Since 2013

July 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Law enforcement statistics reveal that rape is one of the most difficult violent crimes to solve. San Diego’s numbers, 2,954 reported since 2013 and first published in an investigative report by NBC 7, reflect that national trend.

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San Diego Rep. Susan Davis Proposing Military Food Assistance Legislation

July 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Military families on the low-end of the official pay scale often find themselves in a financial bind especially when they are stationed in high-cost-of-living areas like San Diego. While their housing allowance is increased to be able to afford a place to live that increase boosts their overall income and disqualifies them from most food assistance programs.

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UC San Diego Experiment Will Send 'Mini-Brains' Into Space

July 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The "mini brains" or organoids will be sent into space on June 21, the day after the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

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How The Stonewall Riots Influenced San Diego Pride

July 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

This year’s Pride festivities are not only celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, but it’s also saluting how far Pride has come in San Diego.

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Carlsbad-Based Jazzercise Turns 50

July 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh

Jazzercise founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett is out with a book about her business success.

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Recovery Continues One Year After Alpine Fire

July 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Saturday will be one year since the West Fire in Alpine destroyed 39 homes.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Tap Dancing, Hair Metal And Pop Stars

July 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

After the Fourth of July fireworks and barbecues, the weekend brings contemporary dance at the Bernardo Winery, hair metal at Cygnet Theatre and pop star Shawn Mendes.

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Where To Celebrate Fourth Of July In San Diego

July 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s Fourth of July weekend and that means fireworks, patriotic concerts, and a little tap dancing, too. KPBS Arts Editor Nina Garin has details.

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'Sand And Blood' Traces History Of US Immigration And Border Policies

July 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In his new book, longtime investigative journalist John Carlos Frey writes about how U.S. immigration and border policies over the last 30 years have laid the groundwork for what's unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border today.

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