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: email@example.com
Stories (450 archives)
Food Banks have become a primary source of nutrition for many families in the Central Valley. The region ranks among the highest in the nation when it comes to hunger, as well as diseases linked to poor nutrition such as diabetes and obesity. In the second installment in our series, ?Hunger in the Valley of Plenty,? we explore how food banks grapple with tough choices about what they offer.
It's harvest time in the San Joaquin Valley, and farmworkers are out shaking almond trees and picking grapes. The valley is one of the most productive farm regions in the world. Yet the people who work and live near these farms often struggle to feed their families fresh and healthy food. In the first part of our series called "Hunger in the Valley of Plenty," The California Report's Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha starts by introducing us to a farmworker family who can't afford to buy the produce that grows all around them.
Today we continue our series examining sexual harassment and assault of farmworkers. A patchwork of state and federal agencies handles these kinds of cases. But California is the only state that has its own special court for resolving labor disputes between farmworkers and growers. And that court will be considering one of its first complaints related to sexual harassment this summer.
Many supporters of immigration reform say without changes to their legal status, undocumented workers are vulnerable and exploited. That's especially true for the women who work in California's fields. Central Valley bureau chief Sasha Khokha introduces us to one of the few California farmworkers to testify against an alleged rapist in a criminal trial. Reported in collaboration with Bernice Yeung from the Center for Investigative Reporting and the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program.
It's no secret that farmworkers do some of the hardest jobs in California: sweltering under the summer sun, picking grapes or harvesting lettuce. But one secret about life in the fields is the problem of sexual harassment--verbal abuse, even assault and rape. Yet many immigrant farmworker women are afraid to report abuse.