Pam Kragen

Writer

Pam Kragen is a feature writer who specializes in writing human interest, dining, theater and opera stories. She joined the San Diego Union-Tribune staff in October 2012 after 27 years at the North County Times, where she served as the Arts & Features Editor, as well as the paper’s longtime arts writer and theater/opera critic. She is the president and co-founder of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from San Diego State University and completed fellowships in theater criticism at the University of Southern California and opera/classical music criticism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She reports from the U-T's North County office in San Marcos.

Recent Articles

  • Teen gets 'Supernatural' help in cancer fight

    Teen gets 'Supernatural' help in cancer fight

    On Nov. 9, Kira Stanley’s world went dark. That’s the day the Encinitas teenager was diagnosed with a rare, deadly and inoperable form of brain cancer. Her parents, Wendy and Robert, frantically searched the U.S. for a clinical trial that could save their daughter. Instead, they found a promising,...

  • Mom and son lighting up the fashion world

    Mom and son lighting up the fashion world

    What do you get when you combine a mom with a passion for fashion design with a son who’s a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at UC San Diego? In the case of family entrepreneurs Rachel Merrill and Devon Merrill of San Diego, you get Lighted Clothing, a new company that is pushing boundaries...

  • Nixon opens first local retail shop

    Nixon opens first local retail shop

    In retailing, location is everything. So it’s hard to understand why the first Nixon Custom Shop in Southern California is nearly impossible to find. But the more you know about the action sports lifestyle brand Nixon, the more the 1-month-old hidden shop in Encinitas makes sense. Founded in Encinitas...

  • Aerial holiday light tour offers a Santa-eye view

    Aerial holiday light tour offers a Santa-eye view

    If your family’s annual tour of local Christmas lights has grown stale, a new aerial sightseeing service gives you a perspective seen only by Santa Claus. This month, Carlsbad pilot Kurt Dawson introduced the region’s first holiday lights tour by helicopter. The half-hour round-trip from Oceanside...

  • Stealthy 'elves' bring holiday cheer to needy

    Stealthy 'elves' bring holiday cheer to needy

    The experience that hooked Colleen and Mark Cormier into becoming perennial holiday elves actually occurred by mistake a few years ago. That’s when a needy family came home unexpectedly one afternoon, surprising the Encinitas couple and their now-10-year-old daughter, Kennedy, in the midst of decorating...

  • Tween dancer Merrick Hanna has 'Got Talent'

    Tween dancer Merrick Hanna has 'Got Talent'

    Famously taciturn TV talent judge Simon Cowell isn’t one to gush. But when it came to appraising the robot-style dancing of 12-year-old Merrick Hanna on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this summer, he hasn’t held back. “This to me was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen on the show,” said...

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