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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 (479 archives)

The California Report | Apr 8, 2014 8:50 AM
From Freeze to Drought: Citrus Farmers Face Dual Threat

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.

The California Report | Mar 20, 2014 8:50 AM
Torlakson Unveils Plan to Ease Drought's Impact on Schools

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.

The California Report | Mar 17, 2014 8:50 AM
High School Students to Rally at Capitol to Save Agricultural Education

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.

The California Report | Mar 14, 2014 4:30 PM
New Cesar Chavez Film Puts Spotlight on Delano

The first feature film about an iconic California farm labor leader hits theaters later this month. It's called, simply, "Cesar Chavez," and it puts the Kern County farm town of Delano center stage. But if you visit Delano today, it's not so easy to find the sites depicted in the film. The California Report's Central Valley bureau chief Sasha Khokha explores Chavez's legacy in the town today.

The California Report | Feb 27, 2014 8:50 AM
Fresno Council Considers Opening Pedestrian Mall to Cars

Many California cities struggle with how to revitalize their downtowns to make them attractive, hip places that draw in retail and foot traffic. Fifty years ago, Fresno built the state's first outdoor downtown pedestrian mall. It was a pioneering idea at the time, but on Thursday the city council will consider allowing cars back in.

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