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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

Key Question May Never Be Asked Even If Dumanis Testifies In Azano Trial

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Both the defense and the prosecution may benefit from never asking San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis what she knew of José Susumo Azano Matsura's immigration status.

Volume Of Dumanis Donors Linked To Mexican Businessman Renews Questions About What DA Knew

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A KPBS analysis of the money trail in San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ candidacy for mayor in 2012 shows the number of alleged illegal contributions was particularly high on a single day in 2011.

DA Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner Subpoenaed In Azano Trial

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The attorney for José Susumo Azano Matsura said others he expects to subpoena in the political corruption trial include Rep. Juan Vargas, San Diego developer Douglas Manchester and San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and Editor Jeff Light.

Witness Says Azano's San Diego Mayoral Campaign Donations For Dumanis Seemed 'Fishy'

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Mexican billionaire Jose Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of unlawfully channeling nearly $600,000 to San Diego candidates.

Reopening Of San Onofre Settlement Set For This Week

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The California Public Utilities Commission will take another look at the deal in light of revelations about a secret 2013 meeting where a Southern California Edison executive and Michael Peevey, then the head of the CPUC, discussed terms that nearly matched the final settlement.

Sen. Barbara Boxer On Gun Laws, San Onofre Investigation

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The retiring U.S. senator spoke to KPBS News about her colleagues' efforts to push for stricter gun laws, her call for a criminal investigation into the San Onofre nuclear power plant and her plans after a 24-year Senate career.

Watchdog Makes Emails From California Utility Officials Public

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A searchable website contains more than 100,000 emails and other records that detail the California Public Utilities Commission's dealings with state utility companies over issues such as the shutdown of San Onofre.

An Israeli And A Palestinian Dig Deeper Into Controversy At SDSU

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Two experts weigh in on the explosive rhetoric about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on campuses such as SDSU, where tensions have boiled over in recent weeks.

Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

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Customers may now have little recourse for accountability for how they were handed a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s shutdown after a radiation leak in 2012.

Harris Questioned For Representing Gov. Brown During San Onofre Probe

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San Diego consumer lawyer Mike Aguirre has asked Gov. Jerry Brown’s office for records and communications related to San Onofre. But Attorney General Kamala Harris has notified Aguirre she is representing Brown’s office in the lawyer's request for documents under the California Public Records Act.

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