Sandhya Dirks

KQED Contributor

Sandhya Dirks is the race and equity reporter at KQED, focusing on Oakland and the East Bay. She's the co-host of the podcast American Suburb and has covered police, housing, and the changing city. Her stories about race, space, and belonging were part of KQED's So Well Spoken project, which won RNDTA's Kaleidoscope award, honoring outstanding achievements in the coverage of diversity. Prior to joining KQED in 2015, Sandhya covered the 2012 presidential election from the swing state of Iowa for Iowa Public Radio. At KPBS in San Diego, she broke the story of a sexual harassment scandal that led to the mayor's resignation. She got her start in radio working on  documentaries about Oakland that investigated the high drop-out rate in public schools and mistrust between the police and the community. Her work received the Sigma Delta Chi Award Award for radio documentary. Sandhya is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, where she won a Patsy Pulitzer Preston Documentary Fellowship for her investigative film about international adoption. She’s reported for NPR, Latino USA, and PRI’s The World, and she’s taught audio story-telling at Mills College in Oakland. Sandhya lives in Oakland with her two cats. She believes all stories are stories about power.