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Pat Finn

Producer - 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

In this June 26, 2019, file photo, Texas Ranger...

Padres Go With Personality Over Experience In Selecting Its New Baseball Manager

Oct. 28
By Associated Press, Pat Finn

The San Diego Padres, coming off a dismal 2019 season of 70 wins and 92 losses, have chosen Jayce Tingler, a former college pitcher and minor league manager for the Texas Rangers, as their new manager.

Photo of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stat...

SoCal Edison To Start Dismantling San Onofre Power Plant

Oct. 22
By Pat Finn

The California Coastal Commission has given Southern California Edison permission to begin dismantling the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The looming demolition brings up long-running issues of fuel disposal and safety.

The proposed tech hub space at Horton Plaza is ...

Macy's Continues Lawsuit Against Horton Plaza Redevelopment

Oct. 21
By Jade Hindmon, Pat Finn

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and several business leaders have asked Macy's to stand down from their lawsuit against Stockdale Capital Partners, the new owners of Horton Plaza Mall.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles off...

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.

A San Diego County Sheriff's vehicle parked at ...

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.

The San Diego Central Jail on Front Street, Aug...

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.

People wait to apply for asylum in the United S...

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.

Asylum-seekers from Cameroon and Eritrea protes...

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.

As the Nathaniel B. Palmer ship traced the edge...

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.

An undated  graphic rendering shows the Cameron...

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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