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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 (499 archives)

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.

The California Report | Nov 6, 2014 8:50 AM
Poll: Immigration, Not Economy Tops Latino Voters' Concerns

A new bilingual poll of California's Latino voters who likely cast a ballot in Tuesday's election shows immigration placed ahead of the economy as the most important issue motivating them to vote. Seventy-one percent said immigration was the most or one of the most important issues.

The California Report | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 AM
Latino Turnout Key to Democratic Chances in Central Valley Congressional Seat

Latinos became California's largest demographic group in 2014. But that hasn't exactly translated into political clout at the polls. That's the case in one congressional district that stretches from Kern to Fresno County. It's the most lopsided congressional district in the state when it comes to Latino voter registration versus turnout.

The California Report | Oct 15, 2014 8:50 AM
Federal Judge to Resolve Chukchansi Casino Standoff

A federal judge in Fresno today will consider the fate of an Indian casino that's been temporarily shut down. In a dramatic standoff last Thursday, one faction claiming leadership of the Chuckchansi tribe forcibly entered the casino--allegedly with guns and tasers.

The California Report | Oct 9, 2014 8:50 AM
Federal Investigation Continues into Cal Fire Plane Crash

Federal officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are in Yosemite today. They're investigating what caused the fatal crash of an air tanker fighting a wildfire in a steep canyon late Tuesday, killing the pilot.

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