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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 Forum Examines Role Of Race In Medicine

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The San Diego-based Multicultural Health Foundation is presenting “Racism: Let the Cure Begin" Tuesday at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

San Diego Scientists Hope To Raise Ocean Consciousness At UN Conference

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A team from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego are in Paris attending the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change. They are there to educate conference delegates on the role the ocean plays in climate change.

Email Suggests Brown Took Edison's Side On San Onofre; Governor Denies It

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An email from a utility CEO suggests Gov. Jerry Brown was taking Southern California Edison's side while others sought a criminal probe of the utility. Brown's spokesman denies that happened.

San Diego County Food Pantries Struggle To Keep Up With Need

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It's the time of year when many charities ask people to open their hearts and their wallets to those less fortunate. Some of the most urgent appeals come from groups providing food.

Full Disclosure: What California Home Sellers Must Tell Buyers

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California has many disclosure codes on the books requiring home sellers to tell potential buyers everything from whether a person died in the home to an unruly neighbor.

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

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The situation in Syria and Europe is considered the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. A public forum asks whether the world should be more prepared for the population upheavals that come with war.

Drought Taking Heavy Toll On San Diego Trees

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California has lost an astounding number of trees to the ongoing drought. Among them, many of San Diego's beloved Torrey pines.

San Diego Writer Shares Her Experience With Depression

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This week in her long-running San Diego Reader column, Diary of a Diva, Barbarella Fokos decided to write about something she never has before. She described what it's like for her to live with depression.

Edison Never Told Federal Regulators Of San Onofre Equipment Design Flaw

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Records show Southern California Edison knew in 2005 about a flaw in the San Onofre nuclear power plant's new steam generator design but omitted that detail in a meeting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Critics say the omission deserves legal scrutiny.

San Diego Scientists Turn Ocean Pink To Study Pollution

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The study is part of a binational effort to examine how pollution travels across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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