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Sasha Khoka

Sasha Khokha
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.

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Stories (497 archives)

The California Report | Apr 14, 2015 8:50 AM
Beekeepers Challenge Pesticide's Approval in Federal Court

Every spring, truckloads of bees come to California to pollinate crops -- but many of them are dying. On Tuesday, beekeepers square off against the Environmental Protection Agency before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over a newly approved pesticide they say puts bees at risk.

The California Report | Apr 10, 2015 8:50 AM
The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

Counties in the rural Central Valley have been dealing with an uptick in farm crimes: thieves stealing everything from copper wire to tractors. But new concerns are emerging about people stealing water, too. Now, Madera County is piloting a new effort to nip it in the bud.

The California Report | Apr 7, 2015 8:50 AM
New Drought Rules to Change Landscape Development

One of the provisions of Governor Jerry Brown's drought plan bans watering outside newly constructed homes and buildings, unless it's recycled water, drip, or microspray.

The California Report | Feb 20, 2015 8:50 AM
At 87, Poet Laureate Philip Levine Jazzed It Up

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine, died in Fresno at 87 recently. Levine was an avid jazz lover, and in the last few years of his life, he collaborated with Fresno State jazz professor Benjamin Boone to set more than two dozen poems to music.

The California Report | Feb 17, 2015 8:50 AM
Port Gridlock Taking Toll on Central Valley Citrus Exports

The labor dispute is also hitting farmers in California's citrus belt. This time of year, crews are picking navel oranges in orchards all across the San Joaquin Valley. But packinghouses are shipping out only abut a quarter of their normal load.

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