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 (494 archives)
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 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.
Even though teen pregnancy rates are dropping in California, pregnant and parenting teenagers still face big challenges in schools. That's the conclusion of a new report from the ACLU, highlighting the Central Valley.
Fresno relies on groundwater wells for 90 percent of its drinking water. Now, a new state law limits the amount of groundwater utilities and farmers can draw. In response, Fresno plans to double water rates, in part to find new sources of water. The deadline for Fresno residents to stop the impending rate hike is Thursday.
The Obama administration wants to curb smog by implementing stricter ozone standards. On Monday, Californians will have a chance to weigh in. The federal EPA is holding a hearing in Sacramento on the new rules, which the agency says could prevent asthma attacks and premature deaths from air pollution.