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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 by Amita Sharma

Judge Tentatively Orders MTS To Unblock Doorway At Bus Terminal In ...

Judge Tentatively Orders MTS To Unblock Doorway At Bus Terminal In San Ysidro

Nov. 6
By Amita Sharma

The blocked doorway forced travelers in San Ysidro, next to the border with Mexico, to take a long detour to and from the bus terminal and the McDonald's trolley station building.

Appeals Court Orders State Regulators To Submit Key San Onofre Emai...

Appeals Court Orders State Regulators To Submit Key San Onofre Emails For Possible Public Release

Oct. 31
By Amita Sharma

San Diego Consumer lawyer Mike Aguirre has long asked for the communications on grounds they may reveal how ratepayers got saddled with a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's closure following a radioactive leak.

Mexican Billionaire Drops Potential Bombshell Against Former DA Dum...

Mexican Billionaire Drops Potential Bombshell Against Former DA Dumanis One Day Before His Sentencing

Oct. 26
By Amita Sharma

A Mexican billionaire convicted of illegally funneling hundreds of thousand of dollars to San Diego candidates said he informed Bonnie Dumanis that he was a foreign national during her 2012 mayoral campaign.

San Diego Business Owner Suing CPUC Over Its Handling Of SDG&E's Re...

San Diego Business Owner Suing CPUC Over Its Handling Of SDG&E's Request To Bill Ratepayers

Oct. 25
By Amita Sharma

Ruth Hendricks, owner of "The Huddle" restaurant in San Diego, is suing the California Public Utilities Commission over its handling of San Diego Gas & Electric’s request to bill customers $379 million for the 2007 wildfires.

State Regulators To Consider SDG&E's '07 Wildfire Cost Reimbursemen...

State Regulators To Consider SDG&E's '07 Wildfire Cost Reimbursement Thursday

Oct. 25
By Amita Sharma

The question of whether San Diego Gas & Electric’s shareholders or customers should pay $379 million in costs related to the 2007 wildfires goes before state regulators Thursday.

San Diego Firefighters Amass New Technology To Prep For Wildfires

San Diego Firefighters Amass New Technology To Prep For Wildfires

Oct. 16
By Amita Sharma

To help ensure the region does not see an encore of the 2007 wildfires, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has created an arsenal of data and technology.

John Witherspoon, Public Broadcasting Pioneer, First General Manage...

John Witherspoon, Public Broadcasting Pioneer, First General Manager Of KPBS, Dies At 88

Oct. 13
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

John Witherspoon, who helped create the Public Broadcasting Act 50 years ago, was KPBS’s first general manager and the first president of the board of National Public Radio, has died.

SDG&E Lobbies Regulators To Reject Judges' Decision On 2007 Wildfir...

SDG&E Lobbies Regulators To Reject Judges' Decision On 2007 Wildfire Reimbursement

Sept. 27
By Amita Sharma

Documents show San Diego Gas and Electric representatives met with staffers from each of the five California Public Utilities commissioners this month and bashed the judges' decision that concluded the company should not be allowed to collect $379 million from customers to pay for costs related to the 2007 wildfires.

One Year On: Alfred Olango’s Sister Describes His Life Before He Wa...

One Year On: Alfred Olango’s Sister Describes His Life Before He Was Fatally Shot By El Cajon Police

Sept. 25
By Amita Sharma

One year ago this week, it was Alfred Olango’s sister who called El Cajon police to say her brother was having a mental health crisis in the minutes before he was shot and killed by an officer.

SDPD Releases Statistics On Bites By Police Canines In Wake Of July...

SDPD Releases Statistics On Bites By Police Canines In Wake Of July Arrest

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma

The city released numbers Monday regarding the use of police canines from 2013 to July of this year. Since 2013, there were a total of 223 police dog bites.

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