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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

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Lightsabers, Han Solo Dazzle Comic-Con San Diego Fans

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The parties are over, the celebrities have cleared out, and the superheroes have packed up their capes. Another Comic-Con has come to a close.

San Diego Stand Down Prepares To Help Hundreds of Homeless Veterans

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Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting Stand Down for the 28th year beginning on Friday at the San Diego High School campus.

More Emails Surface On Secret Meetings Over San Onofre Settlement

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New information reveals that upon his return from a secret meeting with a Southern California Edison executive in Poland, former California Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Peevey met with fellow Commissioner Mike Florio.

Consumer Group Withdraws Support For San Onofre Settlement

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A San Francisco-based consumer group called on the California Public Utilities Commission to withdraw a $4.7 billion settlement that stuck ratepayers with the majority of the costs to shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Allegations May Leave Supervisor Dave Roberts Politically Vulnerable

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With San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts engulfed in a scandal, his political survival may rest on a criminal inquiry and public perception.

San Diegans Reflect On The End Of World War II

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. On this Memorial Day, we take a look back at the war that dramatically changed the country and San Diego.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Dips To Nearly 8-Year Low

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San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest rate the region has seen in almost a decade.

San Diego's Lawsuit Over Leaky Fuel Tanks Revived

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The city of San Diego's $300 million lawsuit against the owner of a leaky fuel tank farm in Mission Valley was revived by an appellate court, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Two Encinitas YMCA Board Members Forced Out Over Youth Membership Dispute

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Board members Lizbeth Ecke and Bob Ayers say they were asked to resign from the board at the Ecke YMCA after objecting to a decision to eliminate discounted youth memberships at all of San Diego County's 12 YMCAs.

How California's New Environmental Regulations On Desalination Affect Carlsbad's Plant

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California's water board adopted environmental guidelines for building and operating desalination plants. But critics of the process say the rules are not strict or clear enough to make sure desalination plants are environmentally sound.

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