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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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The California Report | Aug 20, 2014 8:50 AM
Bill to Address Sexual Abuse of Farmworkers Passes Legislature

A bill now on its way to Gov. Brown's desk requires more sexual harassment training for farm supervisors as well as for farmworkers. State Senator Bill Monning said he was moved to introduce the bill because of a series on the issue of farmworker sexual harassment and assault by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and The California Report.

The California Report | Aug 7, 2014 8:50 AM
Scientists Take on Dangerous Mosquitoes in Central Valley

Two people have died of West Nile virus in Sacramento and Shasta counties, the first reported deaths in the state this year. Last year, 15 people died in California from the virus, which is usually transmitted to humans from a bite by an infected mosquito. One variety of mosquito found recently in San Mateo, Madera and Clovis is particularly worrisome because it can carry a number of deadly diseases, including yellow fever and West Nile. The state's entomologists are mobilizing to fight this new, bloodsucking threat.

The California Report | Jul 30, 2014 8:50 AM
California Parents Walk to Border in Support of Migrant Children

Just as the nation's attention is focused on a surge of young migrants coming north across the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of California parents -- most of them college students -- is heading south toward the border through the Central Valley. They're walking more than 300 miles to urge the federal government to treat migrant children with more compassion.

The California Report | Jul 4, 2014 8:50 AM
Fresno Community Garden a Sanctuary for Hmong Refugee

Cha Deng Vang fled Laos for the United States nearly 30 years ago after fighting with U.S.-backed forces during the Vietnam War. As part of our ongoing community health series "Vital Signs," we find out how Vang finds peace of mind in a community garden for Hmong refugees in Fresno.

The California Report | Jun 27, 2014 4:30 PM
150 Years On, Preservation Still a Challenge at Yosemite

On Monday, Yosemite National Park celebrates the signing of an 1864 law that saved one of the country's most spectacular landscapes and planted the seed for the national park system. But even as Yosemite celebrates, the job of preserving its wonders for the future remains a challenge.

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