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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 Sept. 19, 2017 photo, homeless people s...

Supreme Court Considers Taking Up Case On Whether Homeless Can Legally Sleep In Public Places

Dec. 6
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

U.S. Supreme Court justices are meeting Friday to decide whether to take up an appeal of a 9th Circuit ruling on homelessness. Whatever they decide could have a major impact on San Diego and other cities.

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San Diego Rep Play Tells True Story Of Man Who Refused To Be Interned

Dec. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A play at the San Diego Repertory Theatre tells the story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American citizen of Japanese descent who refused to enter an internment camp during World War II — firm in the belief that his rights as a citizen should be protected.

This Oct. 14, 2016, photo shows food from a Tha...

Thanksgiving And Politics: How To Navigate The Holidays Amid Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Nov. 26
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Political scientist Darrell West of the Brookings Institution discusses his new book, “Divided Politics Divided Nation,” which explores polarization in America through his own family history.

Food in the landfill.

How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Nov. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

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Share Your Holiday Food Traditions On Midday Edition

Nov. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From latkes to tamales to black-eyed peas and ham, it just wouldn’t be the holidays for some families without these special foods. Does your family have a special holiday food? Share it with us.

Imperial Beach's city logo, Sept. 23, 2019.

Concerns Growing Over Rent Hikes Ahead Of California's New Rent Cap Law

Nov. 22
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Imperial Beach Council Member Paloma Aguirre co-hosted a town hall on housing Thursday to discuss the community's concerns over recent rent increases and hear from mobile home park residents who are fighting to stay in their homes.

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble on stage at the Qua...

San Diego's Sure Fire Soul Ensemble On New Album, Making Billboard Debut

Nov. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The group's latest album, "Build Bridges," debuted No. 1 last month on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

The San Diego Superior Court is shown in this u...

San Diego Adult Website Owner Charged With Child Sex Trafficking

Nov. 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new charges come amid the ongoing civil fraud trial against owner Michael Pratt. The civil trial is expected to wrap up this week.

San Diego Immigrant Affairs Manager Rita Fernan...

Meet San Diego's First Immigration Affairs Manager

Nov. 14
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Chula Vista native Rita Fernandez is San Diego's first Immigration Affairs Manager. She discusses what she hopes to accomplish in her new position and what she learned from a similar job she held in Los Angeles.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, Lizbeth p...

Union-Tribune: CBP Agents Altering Asylum Seekers' Court Documents

Nov. 8
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Customs and Border Protection agents are accused of altering court dates on asylum seekers' documents, keeping some migrants in Mexico indefinitely.

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