Susanne Whatley

Host, Morning Edition

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Susanne Whatley hosts KPCC's Morning Edition.

Whatley has a long history in Southern California and network news. She came to KPCC after anchoring at all-news KFWB and talk powerhouse KFI, and hosting public affairs shows for KOST.

After graduating from USC and circling the globe with a backpack for a year, she began her career as a general-assignment field reporter covering courts, crime, quakes, fires, floods, and politics for KRTH and as an L.A. correspondent for national radio networks including the Associated Press. She served over a decade as the Hollywood correspondent for the A.P.'s "Portfolio" news magazine, interviewing hundreds of film and TV stars, directors and writers. She also hosted weekly live reports for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Her honors include Golden Mikes and APTRA awards for Best Newscast and Best News Writing. Additional awards from those and other professional organizations include first place in spot news, documentary, entertainment and feature reporting and use of feature sound.

In 2009, she jumped into television and hosted "Healthline", a weekly cable interview show.

Whatley was born and raised in the Pasadena area and enjoys a deep appreciation of the region's people, places and peculiarities. She is an orange belt in Shaolin Kempo karate, and at peace with the fact her teen daughters will always outrank her in the sport.

Stories by Susanne Whatley

Los Angeles City Council backs letting fans buy Dodgers

The Los Angeles City Council is backing efforts to allow fans to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ask Congress to allow Angelenos to buy the team if it goes onto the market.

California bills take aim at paid signature-gatherers

Decades ago, it seemed like a good idea — letting Californians decide on issues from taxes to the legality of same-sex marriage through ballot initiatives. Now, critics say that progressive approach to governance has morphed into an industry that caters to special interests with money to spend. Two state Senate bills are taking aim at the process. One would require signature-gatherers to wear badges that indicate whether they’re paid or volunteers. The other would allow issue campaigns to pay them by the hour. But not per signature. Both measures passed the state Senate this week. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier of Concord explains what his bill's goal is.

Pasadena Showcase house: Tour of Tudor-style mansion ends Sunday

One of the oldest house and garden tours in the country is running the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design through Sunday in an English country-style mansion in La Cañada Flintridge..

Northrop Grumman unveils new Firebird spy plane

Northrop Grumman is test-flying a new spy plane over the Mojave desert. The Firebird can be flown with or without a pilot. Rick Crooks, Northrop’s director of advanced projects, led the development team and describes the plane - and its future.

Los Angeles shifts money from neighborhood improvements to pay for jail staffing

Money intended for neighborhood improvements near a landfill will instead be used to staff L.A.'s new jail. The city will pay back the money over time.

Remebering Jack Popejoy, dead at 63

Longtime radio news reporter and anchor Jack Popejoy died of cancer over the weekend. He was 63.

'No Strings Attached' tops weekend box office

Natalie Portman recently won a Golden Globe for best dramatic actress in the movie "Black Swan," and now has a new distinction. It's a number one comedy.

KPCC wins 7 Golden Mike Awards

KPCC's news team has a lot to be proud of. Saturday night, the Golden Mike Awards for broadcast news excellence were presented by the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. The magic number for our folks is seven... seven Golden Mikes.

Deadly hit-and-run ends with man beaten by mob

A bizarre series of events unfolded in Hawthorne after a deadly hit-and-run that ended with a man beaten by a mob. Police reporter Larry Altman from the Daily Breeze newspaper, who initially wrote about the sequence of crimes, tells KPCC's Susanne Whatley the strange story.

Capitol Hill on-guard in the aftermath of Arizona shooting

Part of Capitol Hill was shut down this morning by the discovery of a suspicious package. It's just the beginning of what is expected to be a week of increased scrutiny of Congressional security after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

California narcotics agent charged with theft from suspects

A special agent with the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement has been accused of multiple criminal charges, and a bail hearing was set for Tuesday morning. A conviction could land the agent in prison.

Services scheduled for surfer who died in shark attack in Central California

Services are scheduled for a former Perris High School competitive swimmer who died while surfing in Central California. This week's tributes include a "paddle-out" in Oceanside.

Pasadena Pops names new artistic director

A big-name composer is taking the top artistic position at the Pasadena Pops. The new appointment coincides with economic challenges for the orchestra.

Irvine billionare Donald Bren's adult children fail to win back child support

Billionaire Donald Bren has prevailed in a Los Angeles courtroom. Two of his children sued him for child support, and lost.

Post Fire burns 1,300 acres, 30% contained [Updated]

Firefighters continue to work on containing a wildfire near Interstate 5 in the Lebec area of the Tejon Pass. The Post Fire is at 30 percent containment, with 1,300 acres burned so far.