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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

Proposal To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers In Encinitas Heats Up

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The City of Encinitas has extended the public comment period on a proposal to restaurants and other businesses from using styrofoam containers for take-out food and drinks.

Inventors Show Off Their Wares At Maker Faire San Diego

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The inaugural Maker Faire gets underway this weekend in Balboa Park. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has named it the Fall Centennial Event of 2015.

YMCA Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Wrongdoing, Says Board Chairman

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The YMCA is mum on whether the findings will be revealed.

Details Emerge In Investigation Of YMCA Of San Diego County Management

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The YMCA of San Diego County is facing turmoil at the top. KPBS previously reported that the YMCA’s corporate board had hired a consultant to oversee an investigation into mismanagement allegations. Here are edited excerpts from an interview with KPBS Investigative reporter Amita Sharma.

Federal 'Good Neighbors' Meeting Scrutinizes Climate Change Impact On San Diego Border

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The Good Neighbor Environmental Board collected input from local and state agencies and other stakeholders this week, for its annual report to the President.

Roundtable: The Marne Foster Mess, Women Marines, New CPUC Head, Nuclear Waste

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The San Diego Unified School Board President is in some hot water. Women Marines fighting for combat-readiness. The California Public Utilities Commission has a new chair, if that makes a difference. San Diego County Supervisors want nuclear waste out of San Onofre — now.

San Diego Group Says U.S. Needs To Do More To Help Syrian Refugees

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The White House announced the United States will now take 10,000 Syrian refugees. But the Syrian American Council of San Diego calls that a "drop in an ocean."

San Diego Chargers Gear Up For Season Opener As Team Eyes Los Angeles Move

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The team and city of San Diego failed to meet their Friday deadline for a stadium agreement. "The Chargers are unwilling to go along with the city's ill-conceived strategies," Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani told the Associated Press.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

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One of the issues up for debate when Congress returns from its August recess on Tuesday will be the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

PUC Continues To Flout Legislator's Demand For Documents On San Onofre Pact

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Despite repeated demands over the last six months for documents related to how the San Onofre settlement agreement was reached, regulators have steadfastly refused to turn them over to a state lawmaker.

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