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Pat Finn

Contributor through April 2018

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Pat Finn previously served as a producer for KPBS Midday Edition and KPBS Evening Edition.

Finn began her career in broadcasting at KTLA and KCET in Los Angeles. In 1979 she became KPBS’ Public Information Director, then Director of Advertising and Promotion, Program Director, and Director of Broadcasting. She oversaw the station’s local and national productions, including the one-hour documentary Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar, and Child Protective Services, a one-hour look inside the San Diego County agency responsible for the welfare of at risk children. Both programs also aired on public television stations nationwide.

Finn has earned honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Recent Stories by Pat Finn

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Tech Entrepreneur Takes Over California DMV

Sept. 3
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

California's Department of Motor Vehicles has a reputation for long lines and balky software. In his efforts to modernize the DMV, Governor Newsom appointed tech entrepreneur Steve Gordon to head the agency.

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Plaintiff Who Suffered Brain Damage In County Jail Awarded More Than $12 Million

Aug. 5
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon, Pat Finn

A Carlsbad man who suffered brain damage while in custody at the Vista Detention Facility was awarded more than $12 million dollars in damages last week, one of the largest awards in a case against San Diego County in recent history.

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Most Mentally Ill Defendants Not Diverted To Treatment In San Diego County

Aug. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Mentally ill defendants convicted of non-violent offenses are seldom diverted into treatment in San Diego County, as a new state law allows.

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Roundtable: Change In Asylum Rules Strands Thousands

July 19
By Pat Finn

The Trump Administration's new rules on asylum mean migrants must receive an asylum determination from another country before applying in the U.S. If it takes affect, it will strand thousands in Mexico.

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Roundtable: African Migrants Protest Treatment By Mexican Authorities In Tijuana

July 12
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Migrants from Cameroon have been waiting in Tijuana for more than two months to cross into the U.S. to seek asylum. Most are members of the English-speaking minority, which has faced intense persecution since 2016.

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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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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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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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California Will Ban Pesticide Because Of Effects On Children

May 13
By Jade Hindmon, Pat Finn

California has announced it will ban a pesticide heavily used on citrus and almonds because of its neurological effects on infants and children.

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Roundtable: Ecological Crisis At Border

Jan. 25
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

With every rainstorm, more sewage and plastic trash flows into the U.S. from Mexico fouling beaches and wetlands. A church wants to build a high-rise in Banker's Hill. Neighbors say it's too high. And the NRC is looking into whether Edison can continue to move around nuclear waste at San Onofre.

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