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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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California Innocence Project Frees Another Client

Jan. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

After 29 years in prison for murdering her three children in a Los Angeles County house fire, JoAnn Parks was granted clemency and paroled. Her attorneys from the California Innocence project continue the fight to exonerate her.

San Diego Musician, blues man Tomcat Courtney

Remembering San Diego Blues Legend Tomcat Courtney

Jan. 18
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Courtney went from Texas cotton fields to a three-ring circus, and along that road he found the music that sustained his life. The award-winning bluesman and staple on the San Diego music scene died this month at age 91.

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'Throughline' Coming To KPBS-FM

Jan. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In the weekly one-hour narrative series, hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei tackle the history behind today's headlines and take the listener back in time to understand the present.

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Play Explores Autism's Impacts On Family; Reading Raises Money For Nonprofit

Jan. 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Falling," which will be performed in a virtual reading this week, explores the delicate balances made by a family with an autistic son and what happens when those balances are upended.

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For San Diego Padres Fans, Next Year Is Here

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Any San Diego Padre fans who sighed "wait till next year" at the end of the 2021 season probably had no idea 2021 would shape up to be a potential blockbuster.

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San Diego Law Professor On Legal Aftermath of Washington Protests

Jan. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

California Western's Glenn Smith looks at issues arising from Wednesday's riot in Washington, D.C., including the use of the 25th Amendment or re-impeachment to remove President Trump from office.

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San Diego County Opening Regional COVID-19 'Vaccination Pods'

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

A San Diego physician who is a member of state and county vaccine advisory groups said local public health officials will be opening regional vaccination sites to quicken the pace of vaccinations.

Diego Varras, an employee of Kaiser Permanente ...

Who Is A Priority For Getting The Vaccine?

Jan. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

We know that healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities are first in line to receive the Coronavirus vaccine. But who's next?

A long line of people waiting to get tested at ...

The Personal Economic Impact Of COVID-19 On San Diegans

Jan. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The COVID-19 economic hit has been personal for thousands of San Diegans for months.

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Why You Should Stay Home On New Year's Eve

Dec. 30, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Epidemiologist Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller joined Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss the risks of attending in-person New Year's celebrations.

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