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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

History Of San Diego's Black Panther Party Marked By Social Work and Police Clashes

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While San Diego State University was the birthplace of the local Black Panther Party 50 years ago, the group was conceived several miles south where most of the city’s African-Americans lived.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra Sides With Edison And Coastal Commission To Store Nuclear Waste At San Onofre

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Becerra said in court papers that the commission's permit to allow the deadly waste to be stored at the shuttered nuclear plant is consistent with California Coastal Act.

Collection Agency Persists In Recouping Debt Despite Mistake

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A Chula Vista man could not get AllianceOne to stop harassing him for unpaid tickets in a case of mistaken identity.

Lawyer Alleges San Diego Traffic Court Collection Agency Shakes Down Poor

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Californians overwhelmed by unpaid traffic tickets have two months left to apply for amnesty intended to offer impoverished drivers a path out of mounting fines and suspended driver’s licenses, but there are complaints over the county’s operation of the program.

Lawyer Calls Traffic Fines Punishment Of The Poor

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The age of debtor’s prisons may be over. But some say punishing the have-nots is not. They say the cost of being poor in one San Diego County traffic court may be getting expensive.

Could Consumers Be Off The Hook For San Onofre Shutdown Costs?

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San Onofre will be in the news again in upcoming weeks following an order by state regulators to the plant’s owners to carefully consider changing a settlement that handed customers a multi-billion dollar bill for the nuclear power facility's closure.

Q&A: An El Cajon Activist On Counseling Women Who Escaped From ISIS

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Dilkhwaz Ahmed runs a local nonprofit group for domestic violence victims. She has traveled to Iraq several times over the last two years to counsel Yazidi women who have fled from ISIS.

Prosecutors Want To Retry Azano On Gun Count

The jury deadlocked in September on whether Jose Susumo Azano Matsura illegally possessed a gun, and the judge declared a mistrial.

Authorities Look To San Diego Hotels For Help In Fight Against Sex Trafficking

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Law enforcement agencies believe the region's hotels and motels can help battle the sex trade business by ensuring their staff are trained in detecting and responding to signs of trafficking.

MTS Lawsuit Over Doorway Creates Hassle For San Ysidro Passengers

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The dispute has triggered accusations of racism and raised questions about how a public agency is using its land, clout and money.

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