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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

Prosecutors Want To Retry Azano On Gun Count

The jury deadlocked in September on whether Jose Susumo Azano Matsura illegally possessed a gun, and the judge declared a mistrial.

Authorities Look To San Diego Hotels For Help In Fight Against Sex Trafficking

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Law enforcement agencies believe the region's hotels and motels can help battle the sex trade business by ensuring their staff are trained in detecting and responding to signs of trafficking.

MTS Lawsuit Over Doorway Creates Hassle For San Ysidro Passengers

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The dispute has triggered accusations of racism and raised questions about how a public agency is using its land, clout and money.

San Diego's Measure E: A Post-Filner Way To Boot Politicians

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Next month's ballot measure creates procedures for removing officials from office.

Consumer Advocates Hope Audit Sparks Ballot Initiative To Reform Utilities

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California's state auditor says the PUC hasn't fully disclosed secret communications between the regulator and outside parties — among other problems.

Conflicting Poll Numbers In California's U.S. Senate Race

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Attorney General Kamala Harris boosts her lead over Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in the new Field Poll, but the lead shrinks in the latest survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Two Dozen Donors In Dumanis' Mayoral Run Linked To Key Figure In Azano Case

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The donors are tied to former San Diego Police Det. Ernie Encinas, who was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in connection with the campaign finance scandal involving Mexican businessman Jose Susumo Azano Matsura.

Mexican Tycoon Convicted Of Illegally Pumping Money Into San Diego Campaigns

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Jose Susumo Azano Matsura was convicted on more than 30 counts. The jury also found two others — social media services expert Ravneet Singh, and Azano’s son Edward Susumo Azano Hester guilty on several counts. The jury found lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes not guilty.

U.S. Senate Candidate Sanchez Criticizes Opponent Harris On San Onofre Probe

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Rep. Loretta Sanchez said Attorney General Kamala Harris has “failed” in her inquiry of the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and that’s why a federal investigation is needed.

U.S. Senate Candidates Can't Agree On Debate Schedule

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has signed on to two debates, while her opponent Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez wants four. But the two haven't agreed to the same debates.

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