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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 2, 2015 8:50 AM
For Some California Cities, Drought and Budgets Mean No Fireworks This Fourth

We've been hearing a lot about how California is rebounding from the great Recession. But there are still large parts of the state that have yet to see a recovery. Case in point, small towns in the Central Valley that are canceling their fireworks shows this year to save money.

The California Report | Jun 25, 2015 8:50 AM
Former Janitors Go Undercover to Clean Up Abuses

Sexual assaults, harassment, unpaid wages are some of the abuses women janitors face on the job. In our 18-month investigation, we found such problems at tiny cleaning companies that operate off the books and large corporations with shares traded on the stock exchange. A team of unconventional investigators is working to hold the janitorial industry accountable.

The California Report | Jun 24, 2015 8:50 AM
What's the Government Doing to Prevent Janitors From Getting Raped?

This week, we've been hearing about janitors, many of them immigrant women, who say they were sexually assaulted while cleaning hotels, shopping malls, and even the San Francisco Ferry Building. Today, in our series "Rape on the Night Shift" we report on how these women have been largely invisible to the government agencies in charge of keeping workers safe on the job.

The California Report | Jun 23, 2015 8:50 AM
Working Alone, at Night, Janitors Risk Sexual Violence

When the workday ends for most of us, it's just beginning for the janitors who clean our offices, airports, schools. Many of them are immigrant women, working alone, at night, and that can put them in danger. Today we begin our investigative series "Rape on the Night Shift," exposing how sexual violence against janitors is going unreported and unpunished.

The California Report | Jun 12, 2015 8:50 AM
Landmark State Settlements for Farmworkers Could Lead to Better Working Conditions

The state California says it'll step-up the enforcement of workplace safety rules at farms this summer. This is part of a settlement of two lawsuits filed by the families of California farm workers who've died of heat exposure while working.

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