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

  • What's new at the region's theme parks this summer

    What's new at the region's theme parks this summer

    Memorial Day weekend marks the kickoff of Southern California theme park season, with most of the region's theme parks unveiling their latest rides, shows and attractions just in time for the summer rush. Here's what's new at the region's theme parks: Disneyland Resort On Saturday, Guardians of...

  • Couple aim to demystify Vietnamese food

    Couple aim to demystify Vietnamese food

    Tan and Marya Chuong love Vietnamese food but they don't always love how it's made and sold in the United States. For Tan, who was born in Vietnam, the ingredients used at local Vietnamese restaurants aren't always healthful, and the decor can be cluttered and tacky. And for American-born Marya,...

  • We'll sea: New restaurants dropping anchor near the beach

    We'll sea: New restaurants dropping anchor near the beach

    A wave of fresh eateries is sweeping across the San Diego coastline, and the outlook is swell. From the Embarcadero to PB to Carlsbad , sea (pun intended) what's new and what's coming soon. Little Italy 's Loading Dock This new Little Italy neighborhood bar and grill opened in March, replacing...

  • Zookeeping all in the family for mom, daughter

    Zookeeping all in the family for mom, daughter

      Mother's Day is usually a time when moms and their children get together to reminisce over brunch and flowers or maybe a long-distance phone call. But for mother-daughter zookeepers Jane Kennedy and Katie Garagarza, every day is cause for celebration. The two Escondido women have worked together...

  • Encinitas runner finishes 'world's toughest foot race'

    Encinitas runner finishes 'world's toughest foot race'

    Three years ago, Encinitas software consultant Vivian Lee took up running as a hobby. By mid-October, she could join just 92 people in the world who've run marathons on all seven continents and at the North Pole. Last month, Lee, 46, completed the Marathon des Sables, which is billed as "the world's...

  • Review 'Jersey Boys' rolls on like well-oiled musical machine

    Review 'Jersey Boys' rolls on like well-oiled musical machine

    Thirteen years ago, "Jersey Boys" was born at La Jolla Playhouse and went straight to Broadway, where it prospered in a 12-year run that finally concluded in January. Now, the musical biography of The Four Seasons vocal group is back home again in the latest national tour that plays through Sunday...

  • Revived Elizabethan Desserts aims for sweeter future

    Revived Elizabethan Desserts aims for sweeter future

    When  Elizabethan Desserts closed its doors in September 2015, its longtime customers were literally pounding on the Encinitas shop's windows in grief. Owner Elizabeth Harris said she was forced to close the 9-year-old bakery when she found herself spread too thin between Elizabethan Desserts and...

  • Review Gourmet food with a woodsy twist at Campfire

    Review Gourmet food with a woodsy twist at Campfire

    To understand the appeal of Campfire restaurant in Carlsbad Village, you have to see the beauty in its ugliest dish. Chef Andrew Bachelier's top-selling roasted broccoli - a blackened mound of florets that look as if they've been burned to an unappetizing crisp - is shockingly delicious. After...

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