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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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The California Report | Jan 2, 2015 8:50 AM
Who's Watching the Henhouse to Enforce California's New Egg Law?

California's egg-laying hens are starting off the new year with more spacious digs. That's because of a ballot measure supported by California's voters, requiring more room for the birds to spread their wings. But, there are still some big questions about just how the new law will be enforced.

The California Report | Dec 19, 2014 8:50 AM
New Program Offers Women 'Lifers' More Hope of Being Paroled

There's a big change underway for California prisoners serving life sentences: the state is granting many more of them parole. This week, the first California women inmates graduated from a special rehabilitation program that could help them toward this end.

The California Report | Nov 19, 2014 8:50 AM
At White House, California Farmworkers Call for Executive Action on Immigration

A new report from the Pew Research Center estimates that California is home to 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, more than any other state. Many of those immigrants' lives may change dramatically if President Obama takes executive action to shield some of them from deportation. Advocates anticipate Mr. Obama could make an announcement as early as this week -- and California farmworkers are among those pressuring him to do so. Some of them are part of a group of immigrants laying out a Thanksgiving table in front of the White House as a reminder of whose hands harvest the food so many families will enjoy over Thanksgiving.

The California Report | Nov 17, 2014 8:50 AM
Remembering Teresa De Anda, Crusader for Rural Health

This weekend, mourners gathered in the farmworker town of Delano, near Bakersfield, to remember community activist Teresa De Anda. She dedicated her life to fighting pesticide poisoning.

The California Report | Nov 12, 2014 8:50 AM
Drought and Warm Temperatures Cause Unusual Spike in San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution

The San Joaquin Valley is seeing a spike in dangerously high levels of air pollution?unusual for this time of year. Air quality officials say the drought is partly to blame.

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