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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 by Amita Sharma

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis To Step Down In July

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis To Step Down In July

April 20
By Amita Sharma

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Thursday she is resigning in July. The district attorney said she is being encouraged to run for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Azano's Lawyer Wants New Trial In Campaign Corruption Case Citing P...

Azano's Lawyer Wants New Trial In Campaign Corruption Case Citing Prior Defense Incompetence

April 20
By Amita Sharma

Defense lawyer Knut Johnson said Jose Susumo Azano Matsura's previous attorney never used the only defense available, which was that the businessman was ignorant of U.S. campaign law.

New Documents Show San Diego DA And Former US Attorney Texted About...

New Documents Show San Diego DA And Former US Attorney Texted About Azano Case Despite Recusal

April 18
By Amita Sharma

Former U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis exchanged texts and a phone call that referenced the trial of a Mexican billionaire even though Duffy was recused from the case and Dumanis was a witness in the trial.

Parties In Challenge To Nuclear Waste Storage At San Onofre Headed ...

Parties In Challenge To Nuclear Waste Storage At San Onofre Headed Into Settlement Talks

April 7
By Amita Sharma

Next week's trial to determine the legality of a plan to store 3.6 million pounds of deadly waste from the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near the sea has been postponed to enter settlement talks.

Trump Presidency Inspires Reactivation Of San Diego Black Panther P...

Trump Presidency Inspires Reactivation Of San Diego Black Panther Party

March 23
By Amita Sharma

The group says police practices are also a factor in the resurrection of the party.

History Of San Diego's Black Panther Party Marked By Social Work An...

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

March 22
By Amita Sharma

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 Commi...

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

March 7
By Amita Sharma

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

Collection Agency Persists In Recouping Debt Despite Mistake

March 3
By Amita Sharma

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 Dow...

Lawyer Alleges San Diego Traffic Court Collection Agency Shakes Down Poor

Jan. 31
By Amita Sharma

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

Lawyer Calls Traffic Fines Punishment Of The Poor

Jan. 30
By Amita Sharma

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.

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