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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

In this 1999 photo, Lifeguard Ed Vodrazka surve...

Torrey Pines Lifeguard Reflects On 46 Year Career

June 7
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

In a new book, a newly retired state lifeguard recalls the highlights and lessons learn from nearly 50 years in the profession.

A green bin is pictured in a San Diego backyard...

What You Need To Know About Changes Coming To San Diego's Green Waste Recycling

June 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The city of San Diego is in the process of rolling out a whole extra layer of waste pickup — food waste will soon need to be combined with yard waste and placed in new green bins.

Chairs set up before the vaccination super stat...

UC San Diego’s Vaccine Superstation Closes

June 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh

UC San Diego sponsored the first large vaccination venue in San Diego at Petco Park. It was later moved to the RIMAC arena when the Padres baseball season began and now it has closed its doors.

A female loggerhead turtle sets off to lay eggs...

Researchers Discover Highly Social Group Of Turtles Off La Jolla Shores

May 27
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

To the pleasant surprise of marine biologists, a group of highly social turtles has been discovered living year-round off the coast of La Jolla.

Author Sarina Dahlan is pictured with her book,...

Sarina Dahlan's 'Reset' Imagines A Shortcut To Peace

May 26
By Julia Dixon Evans, Maureen Cavanaugh

La Mesa author's debut novel envisions a post-catastrophic world where human memories are erased every four years to preserve peace — but what about love?


County COVID Cases Down. Some Scripps Health Services Still Offline

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The new week begins with good and not-so-good health care news. COVID-19 cases and deaths are down county-wide. But so are some services of Scripps Health, as it enters the fourth week of a debilitating cyberattack.

Why Some Public Health Experts Will Continue Wearing Masks After June 15

May 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh

Three San Diego public health experts wrote in an op-ed published by Voice of San Diego that lifting the mask requirement at this time could result in further risk of infection for the most vulnerable among us.

Geminid meteors in the skies above Julian are p...

Julian Named California's Second Dark Sky Community

May 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

After a lengthy preparation, including enacting new outdoor lighting ordinances, Julian received the designation from the International Dark Sky Association.

Los Romeros is pictured onstage in Adelaide, Au...

Los Romeros Celebrate 60th Anniversary With Livestream Concert

May 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

One of San Diego County's most famous classical music groups, Los Romeros, will perform a 60th anniversary concert on Sunday. It will be livestreamed from the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

A sign on the edge of the land in Oceanside whe...

Oceanside Housing Development Ruling Could Have Statewide Implications On Future Projects

May 18
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

A San Diego Superior Court ruling that overturned an Oceanside ballot initiative could have widespread consequences on housing development in the state.

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