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Amita Sharma

Investigative Reporter

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Amita Sharma has worked at KPBS since 2000 and has covered a wide range of stories for TV and radio. She is part of the KPBS Investigative Reporting unit and occasionally hosts KPBS Evening Edition.

Among the reports Amita has produced are a three-part series on child sex trafficking in San Diego, a two-part series on how the state is using survivors' benefits for foster children to pay for their upkeep, and a four-part series on the Port of San Diego's finances. Other investigations include the San Diego angle to the U.S. attorney firings, private security firm Blackwater’s controversial training camp proposal, and the Sunroad development controversy. Amita has also interviewed a number of local and national newsmakers including former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner, and fired U.S. Attorney David Iglesias. In 2005 she landed an exclusive interview with three federal prosecutors who worked on the bribery investigation resulting in the guilty plea of former San Diego Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. She also covered the murder trial of David Westerfield, the 2001 shooting at Santana High School, and how three of the 9/11 hijackers spent their time in San Diego.

Amita has also worked as a newspaper reporter. She has degrees in journalism and international relations from the University of Southern California.

Recent Stories

Former Filner Chief Of Staff Writes Tell-All Book

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Lee Burdick's book, "Bob Filner's Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It," is an insider's account of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down San Diego's mayor.

Federal Authorities Do Little To Punish San Onofre Over Closure

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission never fined San Onofre plant operator Southern California Edison for failing to disclose it knew in 2006 that the steam generators it installed could have potential flaws.

State Accountability Scarce Four Years After San Onofre Leak

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This month marks the fourth anniversary since the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station leaked radiation, leading to the plant's premature shutdown. So far, Southern California Edison has mostly escaped accountability for that incident despite revelations that the company knew the equipment was flawed before it was installed.

Judge Connected To San Onofre Investigation Retires

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Administrative Law Judge Melanie Darling stalled a probe into the closure of the nuclear power plant.

SDSU Official, Student Talk About Race Issues On Campus

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Amid recent college protests against racial discrimination, how would a complaint of racism or other types of bias like a verbal slight be handled at SDSU?

Navy Taking Public Input On Future Training In San Diego Waters

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The U.S. Navy is seeking a new permit to conduct training exercises off the San Diego coast, and is collecting concerns and comments from the public about potential ill effects on marine life.

San Diego Forum Examines Role Of Race In Medicine

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The San Diego-based Multicultural Health Foundation is presenting “Racism: Let the Cure Begin" Tuesday at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

San Diego Scientists Hope To Raise Ocean Consciousness At UN Conference

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A team from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego are in Paris attending the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change. They are there to educate conference delegates on the role the ocean plays in climate change.

Email Suggests Brown Took Edison's Side On San Onofre; Governor Denies It

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An email from a utility CEO suggests Gov. Jerry Brown was taking Southern California Edison's side while others sought a criminal probe of the utility. Brown's spokesman denies that happened.

San Diego County Food Pantries Struggle To Keep Up With Need

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It's the time of year when many charities ask people to open their hearts and their wallets to those less fortunate. Some of the most urgent appeals come from groups providing food.

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