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 (479 archives)
One measure currently pending in Sacramento attempts to address an open secret in the state's agricultural fields and packing houses: many women suffer sexual harassment, or even assault - and those who attempt to speak up about it fear getting fired. SB 1087 aims to do something about that.
Many farmers in the Central Valley are facing drastic reductions from their usual supplies of state and federal water. And with climate change, they're wondering if this could be the "new normal." For that reason growers are trying to save every drop of water. Now farmers are looking to the sky for the newest water-saving tool: aerial drones.
Central Valley farmers got some grim news Tuesday: there's still no water for many of them in federal reservoirs. But federal officials did announce they'll send some more water to wildlife refuges.
Waiters earning only tips. Car wash workers not paid until customers drive up. Farmworkers paid for fruit picked, rest breaks not included. Most of us have a sense this kind of thing happens a lot -- but it's not legal. California's labor commissioner paid a visit to Fresno on Tuesday to promote a new ad campaign aimed at immigrant workers, explaining they're entitled to demand minimum wage, overtime and meal and rest breaks.
A new report shows tens of thousands of students in California attend schools very close to farms where heavy amounts of pesticides are used. Pesticide reform groups have criticized the timing of the study, which was released late last week after a pesticide safety bill failed in a California Senate committee.