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 (450 archives)
The debate over hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract oil and gas has largely focused on the chemicals injected underground and their potential impact on public health. Now, environmental groups are turning their attention to the waste produced by simply drilling a well in the first place. Water regulators in the Central Valley will consider the issue on Thursday.
If you eat at a gourmet restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area or L.A., there's a good chance your meal with include some high-end produce from the Central Valley. Ironically, even though small farms near Fresno nourish the state's farm-to-fork movement, few restaurants there serve locally grown food. Central Valley bureau chief Sasha Khokha takes us to a new spot that's trying to put Fresno on the foodie map.
Valley Fever is a scary disease, and one that we know little about. It can make people very sick when an airborne fungus lodges in their lungs. Patients and their family members are gathering in Fresno tomorrow for a dialogue with researchers about how to tackle the problem.
A dozen immigrant women from around the state staged a sit-in at Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Bakersfield office, demanding that the House majority whip support a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include a path to citizenship. Late in the evening, Rep. McCarthy arrived at the office to talk.
The clock is ticking when it comes to immigration reform, and there's been a lot of resistance from Republicans in the House to take up the issue of legalizing undocumented immigrants. California Republicans, who come from the state with the biggest undocumented population, may be the game-changers on this one. Today we have two reports about Republican Congressmen from two very different districts who are tackling the issue in different ways.