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 peace program unites Jews, Muslims and Christians

    Teen peace program unites Jews, Muslims and Christians

    When Katreena arrived in Carlsbad last month to begin the Hands of Peace program, she felt as if she had a bullet lodged in her chest. The “bullet” represented the pain and fury the 16-year-old Palestinian teen had carried with her for four years since her best friend was shot in the chest and...

  • Shuttered Encinitas eatery reborn as Patio on 101

    Shuttered Encinitas eatery reborn as Patio on 101

    San Diego’s The Patio Group restaurant company expanded its footprint into North County last week with the opening of the Patio on 101 in Encinitas on June 20. The Patio on 101 takes over the 7,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Open House Food + Drink restaurant, which closed in the spring...

  • Author's true-crime book aims to steer kids straight through faith

    Author's true-crime book aims to steer kids straight through faith

    Forty-six years ago, author Chris Ahrens sold his first story. He’s been earning a living as a writer ever since. But the 69-year-old Cardiff resident is pleased to say that he won’t make a penny off his latest book, “God & Gangsters.” The self-published paperback features interviews with 21 hardcore...

  • Leucadian behind wheel of all-women off-road event

    Leucadian behind wheel of all-women off-road event

    Now in its third year, Rebelle fields up to 50 two-women teams in a 10-day navigational challenge across 1,200 miles of deserts and backcountry.

  • Fashion company makes modesty a mission

    Fashion company makes modesty a mission

    On a wind-swept oceanfront catwalk in Encinitas on March 18, a team of models swept past rows of admiring customers at Artizara’s first independent fashion show. The women — wearing high heels, flowing calf-length dresses and long-sleeved tunics with pants — looked like any other models in cool-weather...

  • Play explores lives of military kids

    Play explores lives of military kids

    Matt Vinci of Carmel Valley is just 17, but in those years, he has moved eight times. The son of a Navy captain, he’s grown accustomed to saying goodbye to newfound friends whenever his dad gets new orders.

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