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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

Mexican Millionaire Says Feds Told Him To Flee Amid Political Scandal

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Businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of channeling $600,000 into the campaigns of San Diego mayoral candidates and others.

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

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It's never too early to start thinking about vacation. This weekend the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show returns with 1,500 travel experts to help attendees plan their next trip.

State Dept. Official: Heroin Smuggling Up Because U.S. Cocaine Use Is Down

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield made the comments while in San Diego this week to build partnerships with state and municipal law enforcement.

San Diego Gangs Outsourcing Pimping Duties To Women

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The women serve as enforcers who still turn tricks — but they reap none of the profits and are used to shield pimps from police scrutiny.

Investigators Search Home Of Ex-CPUC Chief Michael Peevey

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The search comes one month after Michael Peevey stepped down as president of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission.

Will More Indictments Come In San Diego Campaign Scandal?

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One year after federal prosecutors accused a Mexican tycoon and others of campaign finance crimes, a question remains: Is there enough evidence to charge the politicians who benefited from the money?

San Diego Professor Discusses New Book On Impact Of Drone Strikes

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In her new book, "Drones and Targeted Killing," Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Marjorie Cohn includes a collection of writings that examine the "legal, moral and geopolitical" issues surrounding U.S. drone strikes overseas.

A Discussion On The Motivations Behind The Paris Terror Attacks

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The shootings in Paris last week renewed questions about the challenges nations face in identifying terrorist threats and preventing attacks.

Ex-San Diego Cleric And Al-Qaida Leader Tied to Paris Terrorists

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Three years after Anwar al-Awlaki's death in a U.S. drone strike, his legacy lives on in the terror world.

California Regulator Michael Peevey's Legacy Debated

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Allies insist state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey leaves an unsurpassable legacy, but critics say he had chummy ties with the power companies he oversaw.

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