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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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More Retirees Find Themselves Taking Care Of Mom And Dad

March 4
By Amita Sharma

People are living longer compared to decades ago, and that has spawned a trend: Senior citizens taking care of their very elderly parents.

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Faulconer Wants San Diego To Go From 'No' To 'Yes' On Affordable Housing, Helping The Homeless

Jan. 31
By Amita Sharma

Affordable housing plans rarely steal the spotlight at California’s city halls. But San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s unveiling of his vision last month to build more units that people can actually buy or rent has been called ambitious and the most aggressive in the state.

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What Can Tenants Do When Rent Jumps?

Jan. 16
By Amita Sharma

It depends on where you live, but in many parts of California, there’s not a lot of recourse for renters who are priced out.

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Could Anti-Price Gouging Laws Slow Rising Rents?

Jan. 14
By Amita Sharma

California lawmakers are exploring new ways to limit skyrocketing rents.

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The Risks Of Energy Efficient Loans

Nov. 28, 2018
By Amita Sharma

Lenders are selling seniors on the idea of home renovation work; sometimes homeowners don’t realize they’ve taken on debt until it’s too late.

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Pricey Real Estate Prompts Scammers To Target Senior Homeowners

Nov. 27, 2018
By Amita Sharma

Amid California’s record-shattering housing prices, the state’s senior homeowners are sitting on a gold mine. That’s made them marks for con artists.

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California Dream Takes Center Stage In Governor’s Race

Oct. 29, 2018
By Amita Sharma

The state’s affordability crisis has prompted vows from gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and John Cox to reignite the California Dream.

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

Oct. 16, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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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