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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

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SDPD's Rape Kit Backlog Testing Underway

May 25
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

A state audit mandated by a 2018 law found that the San Diego Police Department had the most untested rape kits of any large California police department — 1,627. The department says testing is in progress, and the first results are expected this week.

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In San Diego, As Elsewhere, Reaction To Coronavirus Restrictions Is Political

May 19
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Reaction to the various ways of dealing with the coronavirus — wearing masks, staying home, going to the beach, protesting — is often along political lines in San Diego County as elsewhere in the U.S.

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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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UC San Diego's Anthony Davis Wins Pulitzer For Central Park Five Opera

May 7
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Anthony Davis, UC San Diego professor of music, has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2016 opera The Central Park Five.

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Food Assistance Groups Upping Their Game To Aid San Diegans In Need

May 6
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Local food banks have had to nearly double food distribution to people in need because so many San Diegans are currently out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sheriff To Investigate Incident Of KKK-Style Hooded Man In Santee Grocery Store

May 4
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

On Saturday a man shopping in a Santee Vons store while wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style hood stunned shoppers. Photos of the man appeared all over social media, raising concerns from public officials and citizens alike.

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Will Distance Learning Make The Grade In San Diego Schools?

April 28
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The teacher's union has agreed to the San Diego Unified School District's plan for distance learning for all students for the remainder of the school year because of COVID-19. The plan, which the district begins implementing this week, is flexible and contains some unusual features.

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Coronavirus Kicking Journalism When It's Down

April 21
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Mainstream news media was already suffering from declining revenues as readers, viewers and listeners have migrated to mostly free digital sites, now COVID-19 has choked off much of the advertising that remained. At the same time interest in the news has soared and audience numbers are climbing.

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The Census: Still Going, Still Important. What Do You Want To Know?

April 20
By Pat Finn

There may be a coronavirus pandemic, but that has not stopped the Census from taking place. In fact, the problematic distribution of resources during the pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing how many residents live where.

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UC San Diego Chancellor On Devastating Impact of Coronavirus

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The financial impact of the coronavirus on higher education is enormous. At UC San Diego students and faculty are working from home. There is no revenue from tuition or dining contracts. The university's vast medical system is not taking elective surgeries. Yet, online costs are soaring, and research goes on.

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