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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.

Email Sasha: skhokha@kqed.org

Stories (508 archives)


The California Report | Aug 21, 2015 8:50 AM
Air Regulators Give Central Valley Farmers a Break on Dust Control

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.

The California Report | Aug 19, 2015 8:50 AM
Drought Costs Agriculture Industry, But Can't Stop Growth

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.

The California Report | Aug 18, 2015 8:50 AM
Campgrounds Closed as Fast-Moving Sierra Fire Burns 20,000 Acres

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 California Report | Jul 8, 2015 8:50 AM
Free Water in Fresno, If You Can Haul It Yourself

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.

The California Report | Jul 2, 2015 8:50 AM
For Some California Cities, Drought and Budgets Mean No Fireworks This Fourth

We've been hearing a lot about how California is rebounding from the great Recession. But there are still large parts of the state that have yet to see a recovery. Case in point, small towns in the Central Valley that are canceling their fireworks shows this year to save money.

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