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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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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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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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