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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

In San Diego, Cars Are Deadlier Than Guns

In San Diego, Cars Are Deadlier Than Guns

June 23
By Andrew Bowen

Over the past five years, more than twice as many people have died from car crashes in San Diego than have been murdered. The statistics show how much work the city has to do to meet its goal of zero traffic deaths by 2025.

Activists Protest 'Conversion Therapy' Conference In San Diego

Activists Protest 'Conversion Therapy' Conference In San Diego

June 16
By Andrew Bowen

Activists are organizing protests against a conference in San Diego this weekend promoting so-called gay conversion therapy. The practice has been widely condemned by mainstream science, and outlawed in California when practiced on minors.

San Diego City Council Rejects November Special Election

San Diego City Council Rejects November Special Election

June 12
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The City Council has voted down a plan to hold a special election in November in San Diego. The action, on a 5-4 vote, will likely push voter decisions on expanding the convention center and redeveloping the Qualcomm Stadium property to late next year.

Planning Commission Recommends Approval Of Christian Tourist Resort

Planning Commission Recommends Approval Of Christian Tourist Resort

June 7
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Planning Commission has recommended approval of a Christian-themed tourist resort and missionary training center in Mission Valley. The project has been downsized since last year, when opponents expressed fears of the project's traffic impacts.

California Senate Considers SANDAG Reform Bill

California Senate Considers SANDAG Reform Bill

June 5
By Andrew Bowen

A bill that would make significant changes to the governing structure of the San Diego Association of Governments has cleared the state Assembly and now heads to the Senate. San Diego's two Democratic senators have not taken a position on the bill.

Truax House, San Diego's First AIDS Hospice, Clears Development Hurdle

Truax House, San Diego's First AIDS Hospice, Clears Development Hurdle

June 1
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Planning Commission has approved subdividing the property in Bankers Hill into three parcels. The site's buyer says the action will help preserve the historic home.

SANDAG Expects Thousands To Take Part In 'Bike To Work Day'

SANDAG Expects Thousands To Take Part In 'Bike To Work Day'

May 17
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Association of Governments is encouraging people across the county to commute by bike for one day to highlight the benefits of biking.

Developer Sees Flood Of Interest In LGBT Senior Housing

Developer Sees Flood Of Interest In LGBT Senior Housing

May 12
By Andrew Bowen

Hundreds of seniors have signed up, hoping for units in a new affordable housing development in North Park geared toward the LGBT community.

San Diego Arts Supporters Protest Proposed Funding Cuts

San Diego Arts Supporters Protest Proposed Funding Cuts

May 8
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service, KPBS News

San Diego arts organizations gathered outside the City Council chambers to protest proposed funding cuts in the city budget. The cuts total $4.7 million and represent one of the largest cuts to any department.

Activists Growing Impatient With San Diego's Bike Program

Activists Growing Impatient With San Diego's Bike Program

May 4
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego has a goal of drastically increasing the share of people who bike to work by 2020. Cycling advocates acknowledge some progress, but say the biggest challenges are still ahead.

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