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Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS Midday Edition 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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San Diego Homeless Task Force Leader Reflects On First Year On The Job

Aug. 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gordon Walker took over as head of San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless in 2017. The task force oversees the annual homeless census and is responsible for coordinating homeless resources in the county.

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Novel By San Diego Author Explores Kidnapping Case That Inspired 'Lolita'

Aug. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The real-life kidnapping case that inspired Vladimir Nobokov to finish "Lolita" is the subject of a new novel by a San Diego author.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairy Tales, Fiddles And Folklorico

Aug. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

You'll hear lots of music on and off stage in Vista, plus ballet in Balboa Park and mariachis at the Civic Theatre.

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Megan Alice: High School Student And Published Poet

Aug. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

It's not often that a senior at Francis Parker High School can add "published poet" to her resume. But Megan Alice is no ordinary 17-year-old. "A Bouquet of Daisies," her debut collection published by Green Writers Press, goes on sale this week.

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Cannabis Compound Reduces Agitation In Alzheimer's Patients

Aug. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A recent study found that patients with Alzheimer's disease who took a synthetic cannabis compound experienced reduced agitation, one of the most common symptoms of the disease.

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New Book Argues That Hidden Costs Are Eroding The Middle Class

Aug. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new book argues that the fees we encounter are draining our resources and increasing wealth inequality.

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San Diego Affordable Housing Advocates Eyeing 2020 Ballot

Aug. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The San Diego Housing Federation declined to place its affordable housing bond on the November 2018 ballot, a move some believe resulted from pressure from convention center advocates pushing their own ballot measure. The federation said it was a purely strategic decision to move it to 2020.

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Report: Minor Mistakenly Convicted Under Operation Streamline

Aug. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Operation Streamline, which fast-tracks the prosecution of immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally, has been in effect in San Diego for more than a month.

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Safety Inspector Describes Near Accident During San Onofre Community Panel Discussion

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The decommissioning of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant is moving forward, even as controversies continue over the storage of spent nuclear fuel.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hairspray' And Indie Rock Pioneers

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a fun twist on the popular musical, "Hairspray," plus a super-sized concert by two giants of alternative rock: Weezer and The Pixies.

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