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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

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.

Critics Unhappy With Kamala Harris' Approach To San Onofre Probe

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Some consumer activists worry that California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Democratic Party loyalties are influencing her office's criminal investigation into the 2013 closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Kamala Harris’ Career Choice Inspired By Civil-Rights Icons

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The California attorney general and U.S. Senate front-runner credits the civil-rights activism of Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, as well as that of her Indian mother and Jamaican father, for propelling her into a law career.

US Senate Race Shaping Up As A Harris-Sanchez Match

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Polls show Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez are almost certain to face off in November in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. The top two vote-getters in the June election move forward, regardless of their party affiliation.

Former YMCA Executive Says Problems Remain At Organization

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Details of an inquiry last year into the operation of the YMCA of San Diego County found no illegal conduct at the organization. But the exit of a key executive may indicate the YMCA’s troubles remain.

Chavez Exit Could Boost GOP Shot At Runoff In U.S. Senate Race

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One fewer Republican to compete against helps, but a political analyst says the party must rally around just one candidate in order to make it into the fall runoff.

New Judge In San Onofre Case Has Past Experience With San Diego Utility Issues

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The judge, who once allowed secret settlement talks and kept out evidence in a case over the 2007 wildfires, will likely hear arguments asking the California Public Utilities Commission to overturn the $4.7 billion San Onofre nuclear plant shutdown settlement.

Former Filner Chief Of Staff Writes Tell-All Book

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Lee Burdick's book, "Bob Filner's Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It," is an insider's account of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down San Diego's mayor.

Federal Authorities Do Little To Punish San Onofre Over Closure

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission never fined San Onofre plant operator Southern California Edison for failing to disclose it knew in 2006 that the steam generators it installed could have potential flaws.

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