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: email@example.com
Stories (509 archives)
Scientists have come a long way in trying to prevent the collapse of fisheries that can spell economic disaster around the world. But consumers can play a role too. That's the idea behind the Monterey Bay Aquarium's nearly twenty-year-old Seafood Watch program that produces a guide to sustainable seafood. With news about the near extinction of Blue Fin Tuna, and dwindling populations of other fish like wild sturgeon and eel, the guide has helped seafood lovers make ocean friendly choices about what goes on their dinner plate.
We've heard a lot about how the drought is creating a "dust bowl" in Central Valley farm country. In fact, dust kicked up by farm machinery has long contributed to air pollution in this region, which already deals with high rates of asthma. Now, air regulators are giving farmers a break when it comes to controlling dust with water.
California's farm economy is continuing to grow, despite the drought. That's according to a new study from Richard Howitt, farm economist at University of California, Davis. He says farmers are relying on groundwater and have seen record harvests for tomatoes and almonds. The drought will cost California agriculture about $1.8 billion, but that's a small fraction of the state's $46 billion farm economy.
Firefighters are struggling to make progress on a wildfire raging in and around Kings Canyon National Park. The Rough Fire has scorched more than 20,000 of Sierra wilderness east of Fresno, and is still 0 percent contained. Part of the challenge is the steep and rugged terrain.
The drought is leaving California gardeners with hard choices: which trees and shrubs do you let die? But what if you could water them with a no-guilt, no-cost water source you could use anytime, without the water cops (or your neighbors) coming after you? In Fresno, that's now an option. Starting today, people can lug filtered water home from the sewage plant.