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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

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom present...

State Lawmakers Ask Newsom To Grant Special Coronavirus Legal Immunity For Businesses

May 21
By Amita Sharma

The immunity would apply to businesses that adhere to safety standards in protecting workers and customers from COVID-19.

Tony Wolf quit his security guard job at Viejas...

Viejas Worker Quits Over Casino's Plans To Reopen Next Week

May 16
By Amita Sharma

The former security guard said he's scared he would have caught COVID-19 and passed it along to his family if he had stayed on the job.

An elderly woman holds hands with a younger per...

Volunteers Serving As Lifelines To Isolated Seniors Amid Pandemic

May 14
By Amita Sharma

A new program is meant to stave off senior loneliness — already widespread before COVID-19 but now intensified amid strict stay-at-home orders.

The east entrance to the hotel at Viejas Casino...

County Vows To Fight Plans By Tribal Casinos To Reopen Next Week

May 13
By Amita Sharma

Sycuan, Viejas and others have announced plans to reopen. County health officials say they’re working with the CDC to “address the issue.”

Esmerelda Sanchez, 72, keeps herself busy durin...

City Heights Senior Croons Through Lockdown

May 8
By Amita Sharma

Esmerelda Sanchez misses her freedom and her friends, but with the help of song she’s discovered another side of herself.

n this photo taken Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Gov...

State Ready To Pay Assisted Living Facilities To Take Coronavirus Patients

May 6
By Amita Sharma

The California Department of Social Services is offering to pay facilities up to $1,000 if they take infected patients. Doctors and nurses say the move is dangerous and unnecessary.

Pictured above is Country Hills Post Acute nurs...

Elder Advocates: Newsom Close To Giving Health Care Providers Legal Immunity During Pandemic

April 29
By Amita Sharma

Nursing homes and other providers have been lobbying Gov. Gavin Newsom for immunity from prosecution and civil lawsuits, saying it's vital to saving lives. Advocates say such an order would excuse reckless conduct.

Pictured above is Oakmont of Pacific Beach wher...

California Now Lists Coronavirus Cases In Assisted Living Communities, But Reporting Gaps Remain

April 23
By Amita Sharma

State officials are now disclosing cases and deaths from COVID-19 at assisted living facilities. But advocates for the elderly say the true spread of the disease in these homes is still underreported.

Pictured above is Country Hills Post Acute nurs...

Senior Care Facilities Seek Legal Immunity During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 21
By Amita Sharma

Groups representing California nursing homes and assisted living facilities, along with other health providers, say such protections are needed. Advocates say they would excuse elder abuse.

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is seen in...

State Releases List Of Nursing Homes With Coronavirus Cases

April 18
By Amita Sharma

The state released the list after weeks of complaints by families, doctors and advocates for the elderly. But the list is not complete — it doesn't include assisted living facilities and is based on self reporting from skilled nursing homes.

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