KQED Radio Staff
Central Valley Bureau Chief
Sasha Khokha is KQED's Central Valley Bureau Chief. Based in Fresno, she covers a vast geographic beat, including the nation's most productive farm belt, some of California's poorest towns, and Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks.
Whether trekking up a Sierra glacier with her microphone, interviewing farmworkers in Spanish, or explaining complicated air or water quality issues, Sasha translates rural Central California to listeners in the rest of the state.
Her stories have won an Edward R Murrow Regional Award, as well as awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the California Teachers Association and the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Sasha joined KQED in 2004, after stints as a reporter in Alaska and with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.
Sasha's work is also heard on National Public Radio and PRI's The World.
Sasha is a graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Sasha is also a documentary filmmaker; her film Calcutta Calling documents the lives of teenage girls adopted from India to Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota. The film was nominated for a national broadcast Emmy in 2007.
Email Sasha: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories (434 archives)
This weekend, movie fans will gather in Fresno to celebrate the art of the cinematic parody. The practice of "sweding" -- amateur re-creations of scenes from Hollywood blockbusters -- has taken hold in the Central Valley.
Thousands took to the streets in cities around California on Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that a major immigration overhaul is at hand. We report from festive May Day rallies in downtown Los Angeles and Fresno.
Big minds in water, energy and high-tech gather Wednesday for a conference in Fresno called "Blue Tech Valley." If that sounds like an effort to cast a Silicon Valley-glow over the business of agriculture, that's because it is.
When the California snow pack is measured next week, the state will have a better sense of what the summer water supply will be. It could leave farmers scrambling for water, potentially pumping more precious groundwater from aquifers. But too much pumping has overdrawn some aquifers, causing the land to sink in parts of California's farm belt. Some farmers are looking at a unique solution.
On Tuesday, California's Environmental Protection Agency rolls out a new tool to help pinpoint communities that may be particularly vulnerable to pollution. It's the first environmental index of its kind in the nation, measuring a broad range of pollutants and health indicators in every zip code across the state. But the tool is already proving controversial.