Patt Morrison

Los Angeles Times columnist

Patt Morrison is a news media multi-tasker par excellence: op-ed columnist and writer for the Los Angeles Times, author of a best-selling book, public television and radio host and commentator, and now a bloggette, or is that bloggeuse? She's covered everything from national political campaigns to the Super Bowl, from riots and earthquakes to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Olympics and Britain's royal family. AS founding host and commentator for "Life & Times" on KCET, she won six Emmys and six Golden Mike Awards. She was host and consulting producer of The BookShow with Patt Morrison, and a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition. She is a frequent guest on BBC television and radio, and is the host of the eponymous "Patt Morrison'' Radio Program, which airs weekdays on Los Angeles NPR affiliate KPCC-FM, 89.3. Her critically honored and best-selling book, Rio LA: Tales from the Los Angeles River, is the story of the city's improbably river; it's nonfiction -- really. Her short story, "Morocco Junction 90210,'' appears in the best-selling Mystery Anthology Los Angeles Noir. Her 2001 column about George Bush's rollback of reproductive rights policies eventually Generated about a million bucks in Bush's name for pro-choice organizations. She has a handsome collection of brass, crystal and Lucite awards, including a share of two Pulitzer Prizes AND the Skeptic Society's Edward R. Murrow award. In her spare time, she enjoys parallel parking and rescuing homeless dogs, and is exceptionally proud of having given a speech that made Carl Reiner laugh. Kirk Douglas calls her ''legs'' Morrison.