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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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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Iliza, 'Dolly' And Beethoven

Jan. 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a millennial comic, a meddling matchmaker and an ambitious chamber music group.

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When To See The Super Blood Wolf Moon

Jan. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Sunday, there will be a super blood wolf moon. Translated, that means a total lunar eclipse while the moon is closest to Earth during January.

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Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries Continue To Operate In San Diego County

Jan. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The largest concentration of illegal dispensaries is in the county is in the Spring Valley area, where 14 shops were shut down last year.

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Marine Vet Who Helped Clean Up Joshua Tree Says Shutdown's Effects Will Be Long-Lasting

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rand Abbott is a paraplegic rock climber who volunteered to lead clean-up efforts at Joshua Tree National Park during the partial government shutdown.

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One Year In, What's The State Of San Diego's Cannabis Industry?

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the sale of recreational cannabis in the state Jan. 1, 2017.

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Pedestrian Deaths Increased In 2018 Despite Vision Zero Project

Jan. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Police Department reports 34 pedestrians were killed by cars in 2018, up from 17 the year before.

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A Look Back At The First Year Of Legal Marijuana Sales In California

Jan. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This week, KPBS Midday Edition will look back at the lessons learned from the first year of the legal sale of recreational marijuana in California.

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Environmental Groups Call On County Leaders To Adopt New Climate Action Plan

Dec. 28, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A San Diego County Superior Court judge this week rejected San Diego County's climate action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: New Year's Weekend

Dec. 28, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

New Year’s Eve is almost here and that means San Diego will have its share of fancy dinners, harbor cruises and block parties. But if you’re looking for a weekend event that’s more arts-friendly, here are some options.

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Rise In Crime Since California’s Prison Overhaul Prompts Call For Rollback

Dec. 27, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report by The Marshall Project and the Los Angeles Times shows an uptick in crime in the years since prison reform measures went into effect. While the cause behind the uptick remains unclear, critics are calling for a rollback.

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