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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

SDPD Releases Statistics On Bites By Police Canines In Wake Of July...

SDPD Releases Statistics On Bites By Police Canines In Wake Of July Arrest

Sept. 18
By Amita Sharma

The city released numbers Monday regarding the use of police canines from 2013 to July of this year. Since 2013, there were a total of 223 police dog bites.

As San Diego Rescue Team Continues Efforts in Houston, City Lifegua...

As San Diego Rescue Team Continues Efforts in Houston, City Lifeguards Stay Home

Aug. 31
By Amita Sharma, City News Service

The 45 members of the Urban Search and Rescue Team sent from San Diego County to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey were working in the Cy-Fair region of the northwest Houston suburbs Thursday, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

San Diego Will Send Lifeguard Rescue Team To Texas After Dispute Ov...

San Diego Will Send Lifeguard Rescue Team To Texas After Dispute Over Hurricane Harvey Assistance

Aug. 30
By Amita Sharma, City News Service

San Diego will send its river rescue team of lifeguards to Houston following a public spat between the city’s fire chief and the head of the lifeguard union.

San Onofre Settlement Deal Could Be Headed To Court

San Onofre Settlement Deal Could Be Headed To Court

Aug. 17
By Amita Sharma

Consumer lawyer Mike Aguirre has asked the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to send his lawsuit to San Diego federal court to overturn the settlement over the nuclear plant.

Letter From MTS Board Member Could Be Key In Lawsuit Over Blocked D...

Letter From MTS Board Member Could Be Key In Lawsuit Over Blocked Doorway At Border Transit Center

Aug. 4
By Amita Sharma

The letter from MTS board member and San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez asked the agency's CEO to put a disputed contract out to bid, a position that is part of a lawsuit against MTS.

Roundtable: Trump's Tweets, Housing Crisis, Trouble For Snopes

Roundtable: Trump's Tweets, Housing Crisis, Trouble For Snopes

July 28
By Amita Sharma, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump suddenly tweets a major policy change for transgender troops. There's a housing crisis in San Diego, made possible by, well, all of us. And a website that debunks fake news is in real trouble.

San Diego Lifeguard Union Leader Sues City Alleging Retaliation By ...

San Diego Lifeguard Union Leader Sues City Alleging Retaliation By Fire Chief

July 18
By Amita Sharma

Ed Harris said he was threatened with a formal reprimand and investigated three times after he was critical of Fire Chief Brian Fennessy's push to have firefighters handle water-related emergencies.

California State Bill Would Ease Burden Of Traffic Ticket Fines On ...

California State Bill Would Ease Burden Of Traffic Ticket Fines On The Poor

July 13
By Amita Sharma

State lawmakers are reviewing SB 185, which would allow judges to reduce ticket fines up to 80 percent based on a person’s income.

San Diego Police Lt. Carole Beason Talks About Violence Against Peo...

San Diego Police Lt. Carole Beason Talks About Violence Against People Who Are Homeless

July 12
By Amita Sharma

California led the nation in 2016 in attacks against people who are homeless, and San Diego accounted for 5 percent of those assaults, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Invisible But In Danger: San Diego’s Homeless Are Targets For Attacks

Invisible But In Danger: San Diego’s Homeless Are Targets For Attacks

July 11
By Amita Sharma

California led the nation last year in attacks against people who are homeless, and San Diego accounted for five percent of those assaults, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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