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 (509 archives)
Almonds have come under fire lately as a particularly water-intensive crop. But it seems they're weathering the drought very well, thank you. The federal Department of Agriculture predicts just a 1 percent drop in this year's lucrative almond harvest. Some of the latest "farmers" to cash in are investors, who are butting heads with cattle ranchers in Stanislaus County.
Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an historic order mandating that the state cut its water use by 25 percent. That's not an across-the-board cut. While water hogging cities will have to cut their water use by as much as 36 percent, water super-savers like Santa Cruz may barely see any cuts. It's all being hashed out by state regulators right now, who are are expected to finalize the cuts later this week. So who are the state's biggest water hogs, and water savers?
Every spring, truckloads of bees come to California to pollinate crops -- but many of them are dying. On Tuesday, beekeepers square off against the Environmental Protection Agency before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over a newly approved pesticide they say puts bees at risk.
Counties in the rural Central Valley have been dealing with an uptick in farm crimes: thieves stealing everything from copper wire to tractors. But new concerns are emerging about people stealing water, too. Now, Madera County is piloting a new effort to nip it in the bud.
One of the provisions of Governor Jerry Brown's drought plan bans watering outside newly constructed homes and buildings, unless it's recycled water, drip, or microspray.