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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 (464 archives)

The California Report | Jan 13, 2014 8:50 AM
Rain Shortage Brings Sooty Air, Health Problems

Some parts of the state saw a little rain over the weekend, but it's been a bone-dry winter in California -- and that's not expected to change much as the season wears on. That has consequences for air quality, because rain helps clear the air of pollution. San Joaquin Valley doctors in particular have seen a growing number of people in recent weeks come in complaining of wheezing and shortness of breath.

The California Report | Jan 6, 2014 8:50 AM
Citrus Growers Assess Damage of Cold Snap

Back in December, a deep freeze settled on the state. Most of us got away unscathed, but not California's $2 billion citrus crop. A lot of fruit was damaged, which may impact citrus prices in the near future.

The California Report | Dec 27, 2013 4:30 PM
The Chicana First Lady of Song

Central Valley bureau chief Sasha Khokha brings us this profile of 74-year-old Carmencristina Moreno of Fresno, who some call the "Chicana First Lady of Song."

The California Report | Dec 26, 2013 8:50 AM
Student Video Presents Fresh Image of Fresno

A group of students in Fresno sees 2014 as the year to remake their city's image. They've launched a video project featuring locals saying positive things about Fresno in 53 different languages.

The California Report | Dec 4, 2013 8:50 AM
Water Regulators Turn Attention to Drilling Waste

The debate over hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract oil and gas has largely focused on the chemicals injected underground and their potential impact on public health. Now, environmental groups are turning their attention to the waste produced by simply drilling a well in the first place. Water regulators in the Central Valley will consider the issue on Thursday.

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