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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 | Jul 4, 2014 8:50 AM
Fresno Community Garden a Sanctuary for Hmong Refugee

Cha Deng Vang fled Laos for the United States nearly 30 years ago after fighting with U.S.-backed forces during the Vietnam War. As part of our ongoing community health series "Vital Signs," we find out how Vang finds peace of mind in a community garden for Hmong refugees in Fresno.

The California Report | Jun 27, 2014 4:30 PM
150 Years On, Preservation Still a Challenge at Yosemite

On Monday, Yosemite National Park celebrates the signing of an 1864 law that saved one of the country's most spectacular landscapes and planted the seed for the national park system. But even as Yosemite celebrates, the job of preserving its wonders for the future remains a challenge.

The California Report | Jun 20, 2014 8:50 AM
Environmental Group Pushes for Reintroduction of the Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly Bear is on the state flag, but hasn't been seen in California for almost a century. The Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the bear to the Sierra Nevada and other parts of the West.

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.

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