Patt Morrison

Columnist Patt Morrison Asks

Patt Morrison is a longtime Times writer and columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. Her broadcasting work has won six Emmys and 11 Golden Mikes. Her book about the Los Angeles River was a bestseller, and she was the first woman in nearly 25 years to be honored with the L.A. Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its veggie dog after her.

Recent Articles

  • Patt Morrison asks Charlie Beck: A transcript

    Patt Morrison asks Charlie Beck: A transcript

    Charlie Beck is chief of the LAPD, entering his seventh year as chief, and it’s always a pleasure to have you across from me at a microphone at a table. Well, thank you, Patt. A big subject on many people’s minds since the Dec. 2 attacks in San Bernardino is terrorism. The reality is that our enemies...

  • 'Patt Morrison Asks': A podcast interview with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

    'Patt Morrison Asks': A podcast interview with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

    The year 2015 was not a red-letter year for police and some of the communities they serve. In city after city, the names of people killed by police or dying in custody were chanted like battle cries by protesters:  Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Laquan McDonald in Chicago, Freddie...

  • 'Patt Morrison Asks,' and now you can listen in

    'Patt Morrison Asks,' and now you can listen in

    For almost seven years, I've been having conversations that you haven't been able to hear. That is about to change. Beginning today, “Patt Morrison Asks” will become a podcast as well as a transcribed interview, giving you a new means of taking a seat at my conversational table. The printed column...

  • Patt Morrison asks Janice Min: Power-lister

    Patt Morrison asks Janice Min: Power-lister

    Every year since 1992, the Hollywood Reporter has opened its own version of the Oscars envelope: a ranked “power” list of the top 100 women in entertainment. It happens again today, at a gala breakfast at Milk Studios, but with a difference: no 1-to-100 rankings. Janice Min, the Hollywood Reporter's...

  • Patt Morrison asks Veerabhadran Ramanathan: Climate dealer

    Patt Morrison asks Veerabhadran Ramanathan: Climate dealer

    If the United Nations' climate change conferences — like the one going on in Paris now — were a person, that person would now be old enough to drink. For 21 years, the world has met, conferred and come away knowing it has to do better. That's about half the time Veerabhadran Ramanathan has been...

  • The Rev. Andy Bales on skid row and the myths about homelessness

    The Rev. Andy Bales on skid row and the myths about homelessness

    The Rev. Andy Bales doesn't need to read the studies to know what's what on L.A.'s skid row. It's flat-out bad — the worst he's seen in nearly 20 years as the CEO of the Union Rescue Mission, which was founded in 1891 and is skid row's oldest shelter. More than a third of the nation's chronically...

  • Prostitution — it isn't 'Pretty Woman'

    Prostitution — it isn't 'Pretty Woman'

    It stands to reason that if someone under 18 can't legally consent to sex, then that same someone also can't be arrested for prostitution, right? Oh so wrong. The paradox of such prosecutions has engendered the "No such thing as a child prostitute" national campaign, which has taken hold in Los...

  • Dayna Bochco, the orca protector

    Dayna Bochco, the orca protector

    SeaWorld's attendance has been nose-diving like an orca since a 2013 documentary, "Blackfish," generated waves of criticism about the park's treatment of killer whales. Now SeaWorld says it will remake its orca show by 2017 — fewer theatrics, more nature. No matter, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)...

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