Pam Kragen


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

  • Disney-approved R2D2 rolls into Comic-Con

    One of the most popular characters cruising the halls of Comic-Con this weekend is R2D2, a full-size working model of the "Star Wars" droid. The rolling, beeping, top-spinning, illuminated robot was created by Jamul resident Greg Schumsky and his 18-year-old son, Connor. They built the droid three...

  • Comic-Con 2015: Meanwhile, at the Lost & Found

    Comic-Con 2015: Meanwhile, at the Lost & Found

    Seretha Elliott has seen it all at the "lost and found" booth at Comic-con this weekend. The Atlanta resident said about half of the items turned in eventually find their way back to their owners, including wallets and cash. Among the items still unclaimed are a rubber hand, a ladies red princess...

  • Who's your favorite Batman?

    Who's your favorite Batman?

    Ben Affleck takes over as the caped crusader next year in Warner Bros.' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which previews today at Comic-Con. So we asked fans who their favorite onscreen Batman was and why. Mike Buckley, La Mesa "I gotta go old school with Adam West . When I was 5 years old...

  • What's new with 'Doctor Who'?

    What's new with 'Doctor Who'?

    What's new with the Doctor? Five new facts from Thursday's Comic-Con panel. 1 New character Actress Maisie Williams , Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones," will debut in Season 9, perhaps as the Doctor's long-missing granddaughter Susan. In a brief preview screened Thursday, she asks the Doctor "What...

  • 10 things you never knew about James T. Kirk

    10 things you never knew about James T. Kirk

    William Shatner appeared at Comic-Con Thursday reading excerpts from a new book by "Family Guy" writer David A. Goodman, "The Autobiography of James T. Kirk." Before a capacity crowd of 4,000, he revealed these little known facts about his famed "Star Trek" character. 1. Kirk says petite women...

  • Comic-Con 2015: Top 5 kid-friendly picks

    Comic-Con 2015: Top 5 kid-friendly picks

    1) "Dinosaurs, Terrible Lizards": Because what kid doesn't love dinos? This animated documentary asks whether the prehistoric creatures deserve their fearsome name. 2:15 p.m. Friday, Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt. 2) Cartoon Network panels: Cartoon Network will screen children's and Adult...

  • Confident new chef steers Arterra

    Confident new chef steers Arterra

    Five years ago, Arterra Restaurant was at the cutting edge of nouveau fine dining in San Diego. But the recession forced its operator, The Marriott Del Mar, to retreat to a safer, more homestyle menu to ride out the economic storm. Now, Arterra is back with a new chef and a globally inspired menu...

  • Top 10 North County summer food, brew fests

    Top 10 North County summer food, brew fests

    As the temperature rises this summer, so does the number of outdoor festivals that celebrate local food and drinks. Here's a list of what's on tap through August in North County. The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival: The annual wine festival at San Diego County Fair returns, with tastings of 110...