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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories (435 archives)
On Tuesday, California's Environmental Protection Agency rolls out a new tool to help pinpoint communities that may be particularly vulnerable to pollution. It's the first environmental index of its kind in the nation, measuring a broad range of pollutants and health indicators in every zip code across the state. But the tool is already proving controversial.
People don't exactly relish sleepless nights, especially when someone else is waking them up. The California Report's Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha says she hasn't had a solid, uninterrupted night of sleep since her first child was born three years ago.
California Rural Legal Assistance, a legal aid organization that serves California's rural poor, is getting ready to argue before a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. that it shouldn't have to hand over records on people who sought help from them. The case is being closely watched for its possible ramifications beyond the rural areas.
This week farmworker and labor groups plan to drop off some 15,000 petitions to the offices of the state's Environmental Protection Agency. At issue is strawberry farmers' continuing use of methyl bromide.
California farmers make no secret of the fact they rely on a largely undocumented workforce. A group of business leaders gathered Tuesday in Fresno to talk about the impact immigration reform could have on the region's $26 billion farm economy.