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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

San Diego's Lawsuit Over Leaky Fuel Tanks Revived

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The city of San Diego's $300 million lawsuit against the owner of a leaky fuel tank farm in Mission Valley was revived by an appellate court, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Two Encinitas YMCA Board Members Forced Out Over Youth Membership Dispute

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Board members Lizbeth Ecke and Bob Ayers say they were asked to resign from the board at the Ecke YMCA after objecting to a decision to eliminate discounted youth memberships at all of San Diego County's 12 YMCAs.

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affect Carlsbad's Plant

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California's water board adopted environmental guidelines for building and operating desalination plants. But critics of the process say the rules are not strict or clear enough to make sure desalination plants are environmentally sound.

Tribune Publishing To Buy U-T San Diego For $85M

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The San Diego newspaper announced Thursday that it will join the parent company of the Los Angeles Times.

Let's Talk About Sex: San Diego Study Shows Shifting Attitudes On Premarital Sex

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An SDSU researcher found the Millennial generation is fine with hooking up before marriage, but may have fewer sexual partners than their parents.

San Diego Doctor Raises Stroke Awareness — Especially For Women

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The month of May is dedicated to stroke awareness and experts like vascular surgeon Dr. William Neil are working to get the word out about stroke risks and symptoms, especially for women.

Scientists Investigate Mysterious 'Blob' At UC San Diego

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Questions about a mysterious mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean and its effects on marine life bring researchers to the La Jolla campus.

Balancing Rights In College Sex Assault Cases

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As colleges scramble to do a better job dealing with assaults on campus, are they trampling on the rights of the accused?

Tax Day: Money Experts Examine Proposed California Earned Income Tax Credit

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On this Tax Day, financial experts talk about a number of proposals aimed at addressing income inequality.

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

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A San Diego Superior Court judge upheld the vote count in Chula Vista's City Council race. Dozens of uncounted provisional ballots were not counted last fall in a race won by two votes.

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