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Maureen Cavanaugh

KPBS Midday Edition 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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Biography Details Impact First Lady Betty Ford Had On The Country

Sept. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Lisa McCubbin writes about First Lady Betty Ford's contributions in the new biography, “Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer.”

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Are You Ready To (Classic) Rock?

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings concerts and performers rich in nostalgia, whether you're a fan of folk, pop, rock or metal.

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Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins Recounts Her Very Big Year

Sept. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Since Toni Atkins arrived in San Diego in 1985, her career has taken off. Her rise to the top jobs in both the California Assembly and Senate is extraordinary, as is the raft of important legislation she helped get passed and signed during the session that just ended.

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What Sleep Disorders Can Teach Us About Getting A Better Night's Rest

Sept. 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In “Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Rest,” science writer Henry Nicholls explores sleep.

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Union-Tribune Documents Stories Of Immigrants In San Diego County

Sept. 19
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County is home to nearly 800,000 foreign-born residents, according to the most recent estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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In Tijuana, Plastic Bag Ban Goes Big

Sept. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Tijuana has become the first Mexican city on border to ban plastic bags. The ban was inspired by the success of California's ban, but it goes much farther.

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Huey Lewis Brings The 'Heart Of Rock & Roll' To The Old Globe

Sept. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Huey Lewis launches his world-premiere musical at The Old Globe, a story about a musician who trades his dive bar lifestyle for the suits and ties of corporate America.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From KAABOO To 'El Grito'

Sept. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

KAABOO Del Mar returns for its fourth year. Plus, Trevor Noah heads to San Diego and Mexican Independence Day is celebrated.

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Tariq Khamisa Foundation Supports Parole For Killer

Sept. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Tariq Khamisa, a San Diego college student, was killed by Tony Hicks, a 14-year old gang member, in 1995. Hicks' first parole hearing is scheduled for November. The Tariq Khamisa Foundation is supporting his release on parole.

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China's Recyclable Materials Policy Could Lead To Loss Of Revenue For San Diego

Sept. 13
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Thursday, San Diego's environmental committee will consider a change to its contract with the two companies that recycle the material San Diegans put in their blue bins.

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