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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

Protesters sit with signs in San Diego during a...

San Diego Community Organizer Reflects On Week Of Protests

June 5
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

North Park resident Joshua Williams, 27, says this will be a week he will never forget.

A San Diego police car parked in downtown San D...

Proposed Commission On Police Practices Gains Support

June 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego Police Officers Association said this week they support a proposed November ballot measure that would create an independent commission to investigate complaints of police misconduct.

Protesters marching through to streets of downt...

San Diego Leaders React To Weekend Protests

June 1
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego elected officials responded to the protests in San Diego County this weekend.

Workers at Amazon's fulfillment center in State...

Family Of Amazon Worker Who Died Of Coronavirus Questioning Company Hiring Spree

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Harry Sentoso, 63, died after going to work in an Irvine Amazon warehouse in March. His story is profiled in a Los Angeles Times report on the risks faced by workers at those warehouses. His family is asking why Amazon hired additional workers to help with non-essential online purchases, putting those workers' lives at risk.

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Three Republican Groups Sue Over Newsom's Vote By Mail Plan

May 26
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The lawsuits take issue with Newsom’s authority to mandate voting by mail and claim the order violates state law and the U.S. Constitution.

A sign outside Raglan Public House in Ocean Bea...

San Diegans Ventured Out During Holiday Weekend, But Crowds Lighter Than Usual

May 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. But San Diego's beaches and restaurants were not as crowded this weekend as in previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

San Diego band The Donkeys will perform a virtu...

San Diego Virtual Weekend Events: Seaport Sessions, Drive-Up Art and Experimental Music

May 21
By Julia Dixon Evans, Maureen Cavanaugh

This weekend's virtual arts and culture offerings include Seaport Sessions, a live music and art pop-up festival, your last chance to see artist Michelle Montjoy's installation through Lux Art Institute's front windows and a curated experimental music session.

Restaurant workers in Old Town San Diego wear f...

San Diego Businesses Prepare To Reopen

May 20
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to move further into phase two and reopen restaurants for dine-in service and some retailers with modifications.

This graph shows the number of COVID-19 associa...

UC San Diego Doctor Weighs In On Role Of Underlying Health Conditions In COVID-19 Deaths

May 18
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The COVID-19 death toll in San Diego County is now over 200 people. Most of the fatalities involved patients with underlying health conditions. This has led some to question whether people who have chronic illnesses and succumb to COVID-19, should actually be counted as COVID-19 victims.

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San Diegans Making More On Unemployment Weigh Return To Work

May 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The federal CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provided jobless benefits of $600 per week to some workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Some workers receiving both state and federal benefits are making more income than when they were working.

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