KQED Radio Staff
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.
Email Sasha: email@example.com
Stories (481 archives)
Waiters earning only tips. Car wash workers not paid until customers drive up. Farmworkers paid for fruit picked, rest breaks not included. Most of us have a sense this kind of thing happens a lot -- but it's not legal. California's labor commissioner paid a visit to Fresno on Tuesday to promote a new ad campaign aimed at immigrant workers, explaining they're entitled to demand minimum wage, overtime and meal and rest breaks.
A new report shows tens of thousands of students in California attend schools very close to farms where heavy amounts of pesticides are used. Pesticide reform groups have criticized the timing of the study, which was released late last week after a pesticide safety bill failed in a California Senate committee.
Farmers coping with the drought may decide not to plant crops like tomatoes or onions this year. But for farmers with tree crops, not watering could cripple their businesses for years to come. One group of citrus farmers in Tulare County is facing a very dire summer. They could lose their only source of water.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson stopped by Fresno on Wednesday to talk about the drought. He announced a plan to maintain funding for schools that lose students when their parents, working in agriculture, lose their jobs.
About a thousand teens involved in high school agriculture programs are heading to the state capitol this week. They plan to ask legislators to restore money in the state budget for farming education programs.