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

You're going to see sharks — don't freak out

KPCC spoke with shark expert Dr. Chris Lowe to find out why there have been so many sightings this year, what we know about shark behavior, and how you should behave if you see one.

Demanding action on gun control, House Democrats stage sit-in

More than 200 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives are staging a sit-in, including California Rep. Judy Chu. She talked to Take Two live from the House.

Biden gives a public nod to California's high-speed rail project

Vice President Joe Biden, an admitted "train guy," told new "Late Night" host Seth Meyers that Gov. Jerry Brown was "leading the country in having high-speed rail."

How a Gmail error sent 10,000 spam emails to this Fresno man

The man — Fresno resident David Peck — told KPCC that he suddenly started getting random emails from total strangers this week — and he has no idea why.

Hot SoCal winds mean 'extreme' fire danger this weekend

Enjoy the overcast Wednesday morning? The weather may be mild right now, but a change is coming that signals an increased risk of wildfire.

Police charge convicted robber with 1990 cold case killing

In the summer of 1990, a would-be robber shot and killed a grocer store owner in South Los Angeles, but now police say they think they’ve solved the case.

Petersen Automotive Museum auctions classic cars

The Petersen Automotive Museum is auctioning off some of its classic cars to help revamp the 20-year-old institution, but the sales have some former employees concerned.

Kelly Soo Park acquitted of murdering model in Santa Monica

Investigators said they suspect a doctor paid his associate Kelly Soo Park to kill the younger woman shortly after a business deal soured with the model's father.

Sierra Club backs comprehensive immigration reform

The 112-year-old nonprofit group says undocumented immigrants are most affected by pollution but least able to fight for environmental protection.

UPDATE: Brown denies parole to ex-Manson follower, reversing parole board

Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a parole board's decision and denied release to former Charles Manson follower and murder defendant, Bruce Davis.

The long, dark history of the Hotel Cecil

Authorities still don't know how a tourist ended up dead in a water tank back in 2013, but the hotel has a long and sordid history.

Best Album Notes: An interview on the Grammy category you didn't know about

Holly George-Warren is up for a lesser known Grammy category Best Album Notes. She worked on Janis Joplin’s “The Pearl Sessions.”

Music engineer and Grammy honoree Al Schmitt mixes things up

The most decorated engineer/mixer in Grammy history might add another trophy to his vast collection when the Grammys take place this weekend.

Attorney: 'Children are very safe in the church of the LA archdiocese today'

After the priest files were released, retired Cardinal Mahoney was relieved of his administration duties by Archbishop Gomez who described the files as "brutal and painful" reading.

Veteran reporter, DA spokesperson Sandi Gibbons is retiring

She covered RFK's assassination and the Sirhan and Manson trials, and then went on to serve four LA County District Attorneys.