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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

San Diego Lifeguard Union Leader Sues City Alleging Retaliation By ...

San Diego Lifeguard Union Leader Sues City Alleging Retaliation By Fire Chief

July 18
By Amita Sharma

Ed Harris said he was threatened with a formal reprimand and investigated three times after he was critical of Fire Chief Brian Fennessy's push to have firefighters handle water-related emergencies.

California State Bill Would Ease Burden Of Traffic Ticket Fines On ...

California State Bill Would Ease Burden Of Traffic Ticket Fines On The Poor

July 13
By Amita Sharma

State lawmakers are reviewing SB 185, which would allow judges to reduce ticket fines up to 80 percent based on a person’s income.

San Diego Police Lt. Carole Beason Talks About Violence Against Peo...

San Diego Police Lt. Carole Beason Talks About Violence Against People Who Are Homeless

July 12
By Amita Sharma

California led the nation in 2016 in attacks against people who are homeless, and San Diego accounted for 5 percent of those assaults, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Invisible But In Danger: San Diego’s Homeless Are Targets For Attacks

Invisible But In Danger: San Diego’s Homeless Are Targets For Attacks

July 11
By Amita Sharma

California led the nation last year in attacks against people who are homeless, and San Diego accounted for five percent of those assaults, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

California Attorney General's Office Faces Scrutiny Over San Onofre...

California Attorney General's Office Faces Scrutiny Over San Onofre Inquiry

June 27
By Amita Sharma

Questions are again being raised about the California Attorney General’s investigation of how consumers were left with a $3.3 billion bill for the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station.

Nuclear Expert Slams Edison's San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

Nuclear Expert Slams Edison's San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage Plan

June 27
By Amita Sharma

Environmental expert Tom English calls the plan "ridiculous" and contends it makes the storage site at the shuttered plant vulnerable to terrorism.

Bid To Learn Why Former US Attorney Duffy Was Recused From Azano Ca...

Bid To Learn Why Former US Attorney Duffy Was Recused From Azano Case Fails

June 2
By Amita Sharma

A federal judge has refused a defense request to release information on why former U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy recused herself from the illegal campaign-giving case against Mexican businessman Jose Susumo Azano Matsura.

Rising Seas Could Swamp The Shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Plant By N...

Rising Seas Could Swamp The Shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Plant By Next Century

May 31
By Amita Sharma

The plant’s majority owner, Southern California Edison, does not believe it should have to worry about rising sea levels beyond a couple of decades from now, even though millions of pounds of waste might still be stored at the site.

Coastal Commission Met Privately With Edison A Year Before Public S...

Coastal Commission Met Privately With Edison A Year Before Public San Onofre Waste Storage Vote

May 30
By Amita Sharma

Documents reveal Edison representatives met with Coastal Commission staff at least three times and traded scores of emails more than a year ahead of a public vote on where to store radioactive waste from the shuttered nuclear plant.

Former Prosecutor Seeks Interim DA Post And Promises Not To Run For...

Former Prosecutor Seeks Interim DA Post And Promises Not To Run For The Job Next Year

May 1
By Amita Sharma

Adam Gordon is asking other interim applicants to also promise not to pursue the office in next year's district attorney's race.

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