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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 | Nov 22, 2013 4:30 PM
Farm-to-Fork in Fresno

If you eat at a gourmet restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area or L.A., there's a good chance your meal with include some high-end produce from the Central Valley. Ironically, even though small farms near Fresno nourish the state's farm-to-fork movement, few restaurants there serve locally grown food. Central Valley bureau chief Sasha Khokha takes us to a new spot that's trying to put Fresno on the foodie map.

The California Report | Nov 8, 2013 8:50 AM
Researchers Look to Ease Fears About Valley Fever

Valley Fever is a scary disease, and one that we know little about. It can make people very sick when an airborne fungus lodges in their lungs. Patients and their family members are gathering in Fresno tomorrow for a dialogue with researchers about how to tackle the problem.

The California Report | Nov 7, 2013 8:50 AM
Kevin McCarthy Meets with Immigrant Protesters

A dozen immigrant women from around the state staged a sit-in at Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Bakersfield office, demanding that the House majority whip support a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include a path to citizenship. Late in the evening, Rep. McCarthy arrived at the office to talk.

The California Report | Nov 1, 2013 8:50 AM
California Republicans Key Players in Immigration Reform

The clock is ticking when it comes to immigration reform, and there's been a lot of resistance from Republicans in the House to take up the issue of legalizing undocumented immigrants. California Republicans, who come from the state with the biggest undocumented population, may be the game-changers on this one. Today we have two reports about Republican Congressmen from two very different districts who are tackling the issue in different ways.

The California Report | Oct 31, 2013 8:50 AM
Women Farmworkers Gather in Tulare

Nearly a thousand farmworker women will in one of California's poorest counties for a conference to talk about their lives and the health challenges they face.

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