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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 (486 archives)

The California Report | Jun 13, 2014 8:50 AM
FDA Prioritizes Research Into Mysterious Valley Fever

The Food and Drug Administration has added valley fever to a priority list that should give a boost to researchers fighting the mysterious fungal disease. Since valley fever isn't a nationwide problem, it's gotten little federal attention, and that's been frustrating to Central Valley health officials.

The California Report | Jun 6, 2014 4:30 PM
Drought Drives Groundwater Drilling Frenzy

There's a drilling boom in California -- and it's not for oil or gas. With little help from the sky or the Sierra snowpack this year, farmers and ranchers are leaning heavily on pumping groundwater. Counties in the farm-rich Central Valley are issuing record numbers of permits for new wells. New studies show that as groundwater is drained from the huge aquifer there, it's putting more stress on the San Andreas Fault, triggering earthquakes.

The California Report | May 22, 2014 8:50 AM
Legislator Takes Action Against Sexual Harassment of Farmworkers

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.

The California Report | May 16, 2014 4:30 PM
Drones Help Central Valley Farmers Save Water

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.

The California Report | May 14, 2014 8:50 AM
More Water on the Way to Central Valley Wetlands

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.

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