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

  • 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...

  • Two fresh tastes of Mexico in San Diego

    Two fresh tastes of Mexico in San Diego

    Since there's no such thing as Mexican food overload in San Diego, let's say bienvenidos to two new restaurants. Red O is a national chain with some serious celebrity cred - hola mole from Rick Bayless ! And Karina's Ceviches and More is a local family's latest foray into fast-casual Baja cuisine....

  • Carlsbad surfer celebrates Italian heritage in film

    Carlsbad surfer celebrates Italian heritage in film

    Five years ago, Carlsbad surfer and artist Chris Del Moro decided that in order to better move forward in his life, he needed to go back. With Santa Barbara surf filmmaker Jason Baffa, Del Moro returned to his native Italy to walk the streets of his childhood, visit his grandparents' abandoned...

  • Blais has a new No. 2 at Juniper & Ivy

    Blais has a new No. 2 at Juniper & Ivy

    This year, Juniper & Ivy is one of just two San Diego entries on OpenTable's list of "Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017" (Ironside Fish & Oyster is the other). But the Little Italy fine-dining spot known for serving exclusively West Coast ingredients has something else to celebrate. On Jan....

  • North County gets new, massive Urge restaurant/brewery complex

    North County gets new, massive Urge restaurant/brewery complex

    Known as Urge Common House, the project at 255 Redel Road in San Marcos is the first commercial piece of the long-in-development North City project.

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