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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's Aging Population Is Growing, Quickly. Are We Ready?

May 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

By the year 2030, California's senior population is expected to grow from 6 to 9 million residents. That will have a significant impact on everything from health care to transportation and housing. Join KPBS Midday Edition this Wednesday at noon for a live broadcast and panel discussion with local experts on navigating the golden years in California.

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How Pardoning Servicemen Accused Of War Crimes May Impact The US Military

May 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

President Trump is reportedly preparing to pardon servicemen accused of war crimes, including Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who is set to stand trial in San Diego next week.

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Getting Up Close With A Melting Antarctic Glacier To Study Sea Level Rise

May 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The view is thrilling and other-worldly. But the real-world implications of the research could be devastating for the planet.

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Bill To Increase Housing Density In California Stalled By Senate Appropriations Committee

May 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh

SB-50 was shelved for this year, and won’t be debated again until 2020.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Candy And Dandies

May 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

A new version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" comes to town, the San Diego Museum of Art expands its notion of Spanish art, and an underrated 1990s band returns to town.

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Sempra Energy Banking On Fossil Fuels

May 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

San Diego-based Sempra Energy ceremonially opened its new Cameron liquid natural gas plant on the Louisiana Gulf Coast Tuesday. The plant is designed to export LNG to other nations and marks Sempra's entry into the currently lucrative global LNG market.

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Street Teams To Provide Health Care To Homeless San Diegans

May 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Father Joe's Villages has launched what is considered the region's first street health program for homeless individuals.

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State Of Washington Will Launch Universally Available Health Care Option

May 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Washington state will offer a set of tiered health care plans by 2021 that will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance. These state plans will be available to all residents regardless of income.

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How San Diego Can Help Support Its Growing Senior Population

May 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

About one million San Diego residents will be 55 or older by the year 2030, that's a 194 percent increase from 2012, according to the San Diego Associations of Government.

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Biography Details Source Of Dr. Seuss' Imagination

May 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh

A new biography about Ted Geisel reminds San Diego fans that Dr. Seuss was not just a local celebrity, he was actually an international icon. By the time Geisel died in 1991, he'd published 48 Dr. Seuss books in more than 20 languages.

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