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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 (497 archives)

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.

The California Report | Sep 17, 2014 8:50 AM
As Groundwater Wells Go Dry, Stanislaus County Offers Homeowners Loans to Drill

The new rules to regulate California's groundwater supply will take years to implement. But in the meantime, as many as 1.5 million Californians rely on domestic groundwater wells for drinking water -- and some of them need help now, because those wells are starting to go dry. Drilling new wells may be their only option, and it's expensive.

The California Report | Aug 22, 2014 4:30 PM
Central Valley Road Trip: The Impact of the Drought

We begin a special edition of The California Report with a road trip tour of the Central Valley. Host Scott Shafer and Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha talk with farmers, ranchers and residents as California's prolonged drought takes its toll. Scott and Sasha tour Tulare County, talking with an almond grower and with a farmworker family, whose well has run dry. They also check in with Tulare County Supervisor Allen Ishida, and with the man who runs the water system for the town of Poplar.

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