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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 Judicial Candidate Accused Of Embellishing Credentials

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A court hearing on whether San Diego Superior Court judicial candidate Ken Gosselin misrepresented his qualifications and should correct ballot language is scheduled for Thursday.

Cesar Chavez's Legacy Continues To Inspire San Diego Labor Movement

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On Cesar Chavez Day, San Diego labor leaders remember the labor leader's legacy and discuss the state of the labor movement in the region.

Judicial Candidate Faces Possible Discipline For Professional Misconduct

Douglas J. Crawford, who is running against incumbent Judge Ronald Prager, faces a 90-day suspension for threatening to report an opponent in a civil suit to the Internal Revenue Service.

Gov. Brown Has OK'd Releasing More 'Lifers' From Prison Than Predecessors

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Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the release of more prisoners who were sentenced to life with the possibility of parole than previous governors. We're going to be looking at the legal considerations and the reaction from victims.

Program Assists San Diego Veterans Entering Civilian Workforce

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From the battlefield to the job site — an Easter Seals program is helping San Diego's new veterans make the transition from military life to a job in the civilian world.

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In San Diego Foreign Campaign Fund Scandal

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Ernesto Encinas, who was accused of conspiring to direct $500,000 in illegal foreign money into San Diego municipal and federal campaigns, changed his plea to guilty on two counts.

Divorcing In San Diego — At What Cost?

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The end of a marriage is usually sad, painful and often traumatic. But does a divorce have to be? A new documentary describes divorce in America as big business, where determining what's right for the former couple and their children often gets lost in a sea of attorney's fees and endless court arguments. We look at where the money is going, reform and what options are available for families in San Diego County.

Conference Aims To Restore Respect in San Diego Civic Dialogue

After two mayoral elections in the city of San Diego in just as many years, a group of civic-minded individuals are coming together to restore civility to civic dialogue.

LGBT Activist Calls On Dumanis To Withdraw Support Of County Clerk's Re-Election Bid

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A prominent LGBT activist calls the San Diego District Attorney's endorsement puzzling in light of her own struggles with efforts to outlaw gay marriages.

Dumanis Endorsed County Clerk Who Challenged Gay Marriage Ruling

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The district attorney says the clerk assured her his filing with the state Supreme Court seeking to stop gay weddings was an attempt to clarify the law.

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