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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: From Randy Rainbow To James Joyce

March 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and there are celebrations all throughout the county, but there's also a literary celebration happening in La Jolla. Plus internet sensation Randy Rainbow comes to town and the San Diego Museum of Art celebrates works from Asia.

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'Forest Bathing' Saved Her Life, Now She's Teaching Others

March 14
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Julia Plevin is teaching others how to "forest bathe" in her book, “The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing: Finding Calm, Creativity, and Connection in the Natural World.”

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San Diego Group Advocating For Suicide Prevention Legislation In Sacramento

March 12
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Suicide prevention advocates from across the state will gather in Sacramento Wednesday to urge lawmakers to make mental health and suicide prevention priority issues in California.

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San Diego Scientist Finds 'Perfect Predator' To Save Husband's Life

March 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A scientist racing against time to save her husband who is dying from an antibiotic-resistant superbug. The answer lies in a long-forgotten therapy, not used in modern American hospitals. It sounds like the plot to a fictional medical thriller.

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Why Does Opposition To Vaccines Persist?

March 11
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

It seemed that after the link between autism and vaccinations was disproved, the anti-vaccination movement would subside. But we are currently seeing a seeming resurgence.

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SANDAG Executive Director Discusses New Vision For Transportation

March 6
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Association of Governments board agreed in late February to delay updating its regional transportation plan to bring it in line with state targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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San Diego Mayor Faulconer Speaks Out On Future Of California GOP

March 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer was one of the keynote speakers at the New Way California 2019 Summit in Sacramento Tuesday.

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A Palliative Care Doctor Reflects On The Role Of Medicine In The 'Eleventh Hour'

March 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Dr. Sunita Puri will be speaking about her memoir, “That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour,” Wednesday at Warwick's Bookstore in La Jolla.

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Artist Trevor Paglen's Work Examines Universe Of Surveillance

Feb. 21
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Artist Trevor Paglen's work examines the way information systems and artificial intelligence have created a universe of surveillance for business, law enforcement and the military. An exhibit of his work opens Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown.

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San Diego County Criticized In Climate Action Plan Report Card

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Erik Anderson, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Climate Action Campaign released its 2018 Climate Action Plan Report Card Wednesday, which calls for a localized "Green New Deal" for San Diego County.

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