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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

Where Is San Diego Spending Money On Traffic Safety?

Where Is San Diego Spending Money On Traffic Safety?

Aug. 18
By Andrew Bowen, Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez

San Diego's Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025 is supposed to be achieved by spending the city's limited dollars improving traffic safety on the most dangerous streets. But an analysis of the city's Vision Zero budget shows the city is spending plenty of money improving streets that are already safe.

SANDAG Executive's Performance Review May Never Happen

SANDAG Executive's Performance Review May Never Happen

Aug. 15
By Andrew Bowen

Gary Gallegos may avoid an evaluation of his performance as the executive director of SANDAG by retiring early. Gallegos has been under intense scrutiny, following an investigation into his agency's revenue forecasting scandal.

Embattled SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos Wants Out By Friday

Embattled SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos Wants Out By Friday

Aug. 14
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The embattled executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments Monday requested that his retirement become effective Friday, instead of the end of this year as originally intended.

San Diego Police Officers Get Bump In Uniform Allowance

San Diego Police Officers Get Bump In Uniform Allowance

Aug. 11
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego City Council has approved an increase to the uniform and equipment allowance for San Diego police officers. The move is part of an effort to address the department's chronic shortage of officers, many of whom are leaving for better pay elsewhere.

Lawsuit Claims Free Speech Violations After San Diego Trump Rally

Lawsuit Claims Free Speech Violations After San Diego Trump Rally

Aug. 10
By Andrew Bowen

A federal lawsuit filed on Thursday claims the San Diego Police and Sheriff's Departments violated free speech rights in their response to protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally last year.

SANDAG Executive Gary Gallegos To Retire Amid Scandal

SANDAG Executive Gary Gallegos To Retire Amid Scandal

Aug. 8
By Andrew Bowen

Gary Gallegos, the executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments, said he will leave the agency by the end of the year. Gallegos was due for a performance review by the agency's board of directors for his role in a widening scandal over tax revenues.

San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal Battle

San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal Battle

Aug. 8
By Andrew Bowen

A lawsuit has been filed over a San Diego law restricting where registered sex offenders can live. Courts have found similar laws unconstitutional — and counterproductive to their goal of protecting children.

SANDAG Executive To Face Review For Role In Forecasting Scandal

SANDAG Executive To Face Review For Role In Forecasting Scandal

Aug. 4
By Andrew Bowen

Gary Gallegos, the executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments, will face a performance review by the board of directors for his role in the agency's inflated tax revenue projections. The board voted for that review after an independent investigation into the scandal.

Resolution Opposing Trump Border Wall Advances To San Diego City Co...

Resolution Opposing Trump Border Wall Advances To San Diego City Council

Aug. 2
By Andrew Bowen

A San Diego City Council committee has advanced a resolution opposing President Trump's plans for a border wall. The 2-2 vote was a partisan split, with the committee's Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing.

Investigation Details How SANDAG Pushed Boundaries Of Public Record...

Investigation Details How SANDAG Pushed Boundaries Of Public Records Law

Aug. 1
By Andrew Bowen

An investigation has found the San Diego Association of Governments has "forfeited the public's trust" in its response to a scandal surrounding last year's Measure A tax proposal. Executives pressured staff to delete documents and shield them from public records requests.

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