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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

San Diego mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and To...

New Poll Finds San Diego Mayoral Candidates Neck And Neck

Oct. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

New numbers from a The San Diego Union-Tribune/10News SurveyUSA poll also give an indication which way voters are leaning on city measures that would increase housing for the homeless, and establish a new police review board.

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San Diego Civility Conference Arrives During Belligerent Political Season

Oct. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The ninth annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue once again offers San Diegans guideposts on how to avoid vitriol and verbal violence and restore respect to political discussion.


Vu On Voting: Registrar On Where, When and How

Oct. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu has got it covered. The 2020 Presidential Election may be unlike any other, but Vu and his staff seem to have prepared for all contingencies, from balloting to tabulating.

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Summer Music: Voices Of Our City Choir

Sept. 10
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

This summer, the entire nation had the chance to meet the group of homeless musicians and singers who first assembled in a small metal church in 2016. As contestants on "America’s Got Talent," the group has wowed the judges and moved into the contest's semi-finals.

From left to right. Dummer Alex Garcia, vocalis...

Summer Music: Thee Sacred Souls Bring 'Souldies' To San Diego

Aug. 27
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego-based trio only started playing a year ago. But by their second show, they were signed to the same label that backed Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones.

People at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA on Ma...

Census Caravan Hits The Streets In San Diego County, As Deadline Looms

Aug. 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From National City to Escondido — the United Way's car caravan aims to increase census participation in hard to count communities.

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SummerFest 'Reimagined' For Online Audience

Aug. 19
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Despite the pandemic, social distancing and closed concert halls, the La Jolla Music Society will still hold a SummerFest, but it will be paired down and have a virtual audience.

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San Diego Central Library Is The New Home Of The Robert Frost Society

Aug. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The library will serve as a permanent center for the study of Frost’s work. It’s the society's first permanent home, since its founding in 1978.

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San Diego Political Scandals Inspire Parts Of T. Jefferson Parker's Latest Novel

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

T. Jefferson Parker’s new novel "Then She Vanished" weaves San Diego headlines and characters, that we almost recognize, into an alternate universe of suspense.

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San Diegans React To Kamala Harris On The Presidential Ticket

Aug. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his newly named running mate Senator Kamala Harris of California will introduce their ticket in Delaware Wednesday.

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