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 (489 archives)
The new rules to regulate California's groundwater supply will take years to implement. But in the meantime, as many as 1.5 million Californians rely on domestic groundwater wells for drinking water -- and some of them need help now, because those wells are starting to go dry. Drilling new wells may be their only option, and it's expensive.
We begin a special edition of The California Report with a road trip tour of the Central Valley. Host Scott Shafer and Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha talk with farmers, ranchers and residents as California's prolonged drought takes its toll. Scott and Sasha tour Tulare County, talking with an almond grower and with a farmworker family, whose well has run dry. They also check in with Tulare County Supervisor Allen Ishida, and with the man who runs the water system for the town of Poplar.
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.
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.
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.