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Andrew Bowen

Metro Reporter

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As the KPBS metro reporter, Andrew Bowen covers a broad range of issues across San Diego County for radio, TV, and the web.

Before moving to San Diego, Andrew worked for six years as a freelance translator, radio reporter and TV news producer in Germany. His work for the German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle had him covering local, national and international stories across Europe. He also worked as a producer and reporter for the English-language website of Der Spiegel, Germany's largest news magazine.

Andrew is originally from Santa Rosa, California. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University.

Recent Stories by Andrew Bowen

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National City Wins Big In SANDAG Smart Growth Grant Program

July 18
By Andrew Bowen

National City is set to receive nearly $8 million through a competitive grant program meant to encourage smart growth and active transportation. It's an impressive showing from a relatively small city with big ambitions.

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Regulations Ban Homeowners From Renting Out Secondary Residences As Short-Term Rentals

July 17
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 on short-term rental regulations. Homeowners who want to rent out their entire homes will be required to pay $949 each year for a license and may only rent out their primary residence for up to six months of the year.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pride Edition

July 13
By Andrew Bowen, Nina Garin

San Diego Pride is underway and the weekend is filled with celebrations, art exhibitions, theater and a historic look at San Diego's LGBTQ+ community.

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Federal Courts In San Diego Begin Group Hearings On Illegal Immigration

July 10
By Andrew Bowen

Immigrants charged with illegal entry under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy are now undergoing group hearings in an effort to deal with an immense case backlog. Federal public defenders say the process is unjust.

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San Diego Mixes Up Traffic Death Data On New Vision Zero Webpage

July 6
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's revamped webpage for its Vision Zero traffic safety campaign understates the number of people who died in collisions over the past two years.

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Dockless Bike Craze Leaves Some San Diego Neighborhoods Behind

July 4
By Andrew Bowen

The boom in dockless bike and scooter sharing companies in San Diego is subsiding, and the companies are starting to refine where their vehicles are available. Some bike enthusiasts are concerned the companies may abandon poor neighborhoods.

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San Diego's Biggest Infrastructure Need Isn't Streets — It's Storm Drains

June 28
By Andrew Bowen

The shortfall in funding for stormwater infrastructure in San Diego is worse than it is for streets, bridges, sidewalks or fire stations. The existing network of underground pipes is failing — and the city has nowhere near enough money to fix it.

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Delores Jacobs Bids Farewell To San Diego LGBT Community Center

June 22
By Andrew Bowen

Dr. Delores Jacobs steps down as the CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center at the end of this month. She has overseen a doubling of The Center's budget and a major expansion of its youth, senior and Latino services.

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San Diego City Council Approves Sorrento Valley Marijuana Dispensary

June 19
By Andrew Bowen

San Diegans will soon have another retail outlet to purchase legal cannabis, after the city approved a new dispensary in Sorrento Valley. The project faced intense opposition from both anti-pot activists and rivals in the cannabis industry.

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Mayor Faulconer Proposes Vacation Rental Rules

June 14
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen, City News Service, Marissa Cabrera

The mayor’s plan would allow homeowners to rent their home for up to 6 months and a second property year round. The city council will take up the proposal July 16.

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