Contributor through April 2018
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
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.
Mentally ill defendants convicted of non-violent offenses are seldom diverted into treatment in San Diego County, as a new state law allows.
- 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.
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.
The view is thrilling and other-worldly. But the real-world implications of the research could be devastating for the planet.
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.
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.
California has announced it will ban a pesticide heavily used on citrus and almonds because of its neurological effects on infants and children.
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.
- Jan. 18
- By Pat Finn
Mayor Faulconer says "yes in my backyard" to denser housing. The prospect of statewide rent control is not dead yet. And PG&E declares bankruptcy in the face of enormous financial liability.