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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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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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Roundtable: San Diego's New YIMBY Mayor

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.

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Roundtable: Wall Furor Affects Workers, Businesses And San Diego Politicians

Jan. 11
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump remains firm on having $5.7 billion for a border wall. Democrats remain firmly against it. The government remains shut down. As federal workers, businesses and academics who rely on the U.S. government worry, state and local politicians are wading into the quagmire.

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Roundtable: Government Shutdown Aggravates Border Chaos

Jan. 4
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

It's been quite a week. Tear gas and rubber bullets at the border. Nuclear power advocates concerned about waste removal at San Onofre. The cyber attack on the Union-Tribune and other papers. Mentally ill criminal defendants diverted into treatment.

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New Poll Shows 50th Congressional Race Tightening

Oct. 31, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) still leads his challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar in the 50th Congressional District, but Campa-Najjar is closing the gap, gaining six percentage points in the last two months.

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How A Woman's Search For Enlightenment Led Straight To A Cult

Oct. 29, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Renee Linnell thought she had won the lottery when she met Lakshmi at a meditation seminar. She was looking for truth and peace. Instead, she wound up in what she believes was a cult — and lost everything.

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Following The Money Swirling Around Propositions 6 And 10

Oct. 25, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Pat Finn

The TV ads and fliers for and against easing rent control restrictions and rescinding the gas tax have been running for weeks. So who's for and against Props 10 and 6, and how much are they spending?

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San Diego International Film Festival Is Local, Too

Oct. 9, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Among the more than 100 entries in the San Diego International Film Festival are two of special interest to San Diegans: "Seau," the new ESPN documentary on the last days of Junior Seau, and "The Samuel Project," a dramatic feature film starring Hal Linden set in San Diego.

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In San Diego Architecture, Orchids Outweigh Onions

Oct. 8, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

In architecture, an onion is to be avoided at all costs. An orchid on the other hand is coveted, whether one is fond of that showy flower or not. Last week's Orchids And Onions design awards from the San Diego Architectural Foundation showed us why.

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Limits On Rent Control Would Disappear Under Proposition 10

Oct. 4, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

There have been limits on California cities' ability to enact rent control regulations since the passage of the Costa-Hawkins Act in 1995. Proposition 10 would repeal Costa-Hawkins, changing in the landlord-tenant dynamic in San Diego and elsewhere.

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