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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

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox Blames California's 'Political Class' For Affordability Crisis

Oct. 16
By Amita Sharma

Cox said he would streamline regulations, end "frivolous litigation and lawsuits," and shorten the approval process to help resolve the state's housing crunch.

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Gavin Newsom Lays Out Plan For Resurrecting The California Dream Ahead of Monday's Debate

Oct. 5
By Amita Sharma

California Lt. Governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox will square off Monday in a radio debate at KQED-FM. KPBS Investigative Reporter spoke with Newsom this week in Los Angeles about his plans to jump start the waning California Dream.

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Homelessness: I Feel Your Pain, Or Do I?

Oct. 1
By Amita Sharma

As cities look for ways to tackle homelessness and the state pours half a billion dollars into finding solutions, KPBS Wealth and Poverty reporter Amita Sharma looks at the science of empathy.

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New Survey Shows California Dream Continues To Fade

Aug. 28
By Amita Sharma

Nearly half of working Californians are grappling with poverty, according to a new survey by the DC-based Public Religion Research Institute.

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Santa Monica Offers Cash To Seniors To Help With Rent

Aug. 27
By Amita Sharma

As senior homelessness spikes in some parts of the state amid a shortage of affordable housing, Santa Monica is trying out rental subsidies to help keep its seniors off the streets.

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Do Housing Costs Deserve Some Of The Blame For California’s Plummeting Fertility Rate?

July 30
By Amita Sharma

The state’s birth rate has dropped to near-record lows, about 1.76 children per woman.

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US Senate Candidates Differ On California Democratic Party Endorsement

July 5
By Amita Sharma

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants the party to be neutral while fellow Democrat state Sen. Kevin de Leon is pushing for an endorsement.

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A Dimming Dream Of Retirement In California

June 19
By Amita Sharma

California has one of the highest percentages of seniors living in poverty in the United States, behind only Washington D.C. Escalating rent and healthcare costs are forcing many of California’s elderly, especially women, onto a path of downward mobility.

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California’s High Rent Leaves Many One Crisis Away From Financial Ruin

May 29
By Amita Sharma

The state’s notoriously high housing costs are gobbling up paychecks, leaving many teetering on the brink of financial disaster.

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Only City In California To Solve Veteran Homelessness Is On A Mission To Go Bigger

May 10
By Amita Sharma

The city of Riverside is the only one in the state to place all of its veterans in permanent housing, according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

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