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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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#ShowUsYourMailers: Lincoln Club Mailer Is Attack Ad In Disguise

May 16
By Andrew Bowen

The conservative Lincoln Club of San Diego County opposes Democrat Nathan Fletcher for District 4 county supervisor. So why do its campaign mailers pretend to support him?

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Four Challengers Seek To Unseat Judge Gary Kreep After Judicial Reprimand

May 15
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep faces his first test at the polls since his narrow election in 2012. Four other attorneys are challenging his seat on the bench after Kreep was severely reprimanded by a state commission.

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SANDAG Board Asks State To Lower The Bar On Housing

May 11
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials from across San Diego County are asking the state to set a lower bar for housing production — despite a crippling housing shortage that has sent home prices skyrocketing.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: Pro-Saldaña Super PAC Stretches Truth

May 10
By Andrew Bowen

A super PAC supporting Lori Saldaña for San Diego County supervisor in the June 5 election sent out a number of mailers with misleading information. The mailers attack one of Saldaña's opponents, Nathan Fletcher.

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Housing Commission Budget Reflects Shift Away From Housing

May 8
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is increasingly using the city's Housing Commission to manage the homelessness crisis. But the money for homeless programs often comes at the expense of new affordable housing.

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What Is In Mayor Faulconer's $18 Million 'Vision Zero' Budget?

May 3
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer says his proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 contains $18 million in spending on the city's "Vision Zero" campaign to end all traffic deaths. Some of that money is being spent in high-crash areas — but many projects to improve traffic safety remain mostly unfunded.

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Trust In Law Enforcement Key To San Diego County Sheriff's Race

May 2
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore faces an electoral challenge from within his own ranks: Commander Dave Myers. The two candidates disagree on several issues, and on their approach to the office of sheriff itself.

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District 4 Supervisor Candidates Sound Off On Homelessness

April 30
By Andrew Bowen

The race for District 4 San Diego County Supervisor is one of the most competitive local races in the June 5 primary elections. Four Democrats and one Republican are on the ballot, and all see tackling homelessness as a top priority.

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San Diego Wins $41 Million For Electric Buses, Improved Transit

April 27
By Andrew Bowen

State transportation officials have awarded San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System with $40.9 million, some of which will pay for a fleet of zero-emission buses. The money comes from the state's cap-and-trade program and last year's gas tax increase.

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Dave Myers Discusses His Run For San Diego County Sheriff

April 25
By Andrew Bowen, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Dave Myers, a commander and 33 year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, is running to unseat incumbent San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore. Myers said there has to be a cultural shift in law enforcement and it needs to start now.

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