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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

President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the ...

Families Still Fighting Over Trump, Even As His Term Closes

Nov. 23
By Amita Sharma

Four years of disputes over President Donald Trump and his policies have fractured families to the point of estrangement, made even worse by his refusal to concede and false claims that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is based on voter fraud.

Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden and sup...

Now That The Presidential Election Is Over…

Nov. 9
By Amita Sharma

In 2016, after a polarizing election, feelings were so raw that Thanksgiving dinner tables became battlegrounds.

77th Assembly District candidates Brian Maiensc...

Maienschein Wins Reelection For 77th Assembly District Seat

Nov. 3
By Amita Sharma

The contest is a rematch of the March primary, during which Maienschein captured 57 percent of the vote while Cutter collected 43 percent.

52nd Congressional District candidates Scott Pe...

Scott Peters Coasts To Victory In 52nd Congressional District

Nov. 3
By Amita Sharma

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters is closing in on an easy victory in the coastal San Diego district.

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein and challenger Ju...

Maienschein In Rematch With Republican Challenger For 77th Assembly Seat

Oct. 26
By Amita Sharma

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein is challenged by Republican employment lawyer June Yang Cutter in a repeat of the March primary.

Former federal prosecutor Phillip Halpern talks...

Retiring Federal Prosecutor Goes Public With Harsh Criticism Of AG William Barr

Oct. 23
By Amita Sharma

Phillip Halpern, who worked for decades in the San Diego U.S. Attorney's office, says Attorney General William Barr has acted as President Donald Trump's "mafia" lawyer, instead of the "lawyer for the people of the United States."

Pictured above is Avocado Post Acute in El Cajo...

Two Sexual Assault Investigations At Different El Cajon Nursing Homes Turned Over To DA's Office

Oct. 15
By Amita Sharma

The El Cajon Police Department's referral of the cases to the San Diego County District Attorney's office for possible prosecution follows a KPBS investigative report last week.

President Donald Trump, left, Democratic presid...

Tell Us How The Presidential Race Is Impacting Your Relationships

Oct. 13
By Amita Sharma

The election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 divided families and strained friendships. Some have managed to work through the political divide to preserve close relationships. Others have distanced themselves. And there are those who have broken family ties.

Scott Peters (left) and Jim DeBello in undated ...

Incumbent Peters Faces Challenge From Republican Tech Entrepreneur

Oct. 9
By Amita Sharma

The race for San Diego's 52nd District congressional seat features Four-term Democrat Scott Peters and political newcomer Jim DeBello have starkly different views on climate change causes, abortion rights and the White House's handling of the pandemic.

A young Irma Easton, who choked to death on dou...

El Cajon Nursing Home Reaped Big Profits While Shortchanging Resident Care, Analysis Shows

Oct. 8
By Amita Sharma

In recent years, residents at Avocado Post Acute provided its residents with far less care from registered nurses than regulators expected while reporting millions in yearly profits, according to a KPBS analysis of its finances.

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