Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

Amita Sharma

Investigative Reporter

Photo of Amita Sharma

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

Education Minister Trunnell Price talks about w...

Remembering A San Diego Civil Rights Leader

Feb. 17
By Amita Sharma

Trunnell Price, co-founder of the San Diego Black Panther Party, died last month at 72. He helped start the local chapter while a student at SDSU in the 1960s.

BLM supporters and MAGA supporters hold signs i...

BLM Protesters: Sheriff’s Deputies Ignored MAGA Supporters’ Assaults At Poway Rallies

Feb. 3
By Amita Sharma

Several protesters say rallies against police brutality have become lessons in law enforcement indifference to aggressive behavior by Trump and Make America Great Again followers. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore disputes these claims.

Caregiver Leah Farinas speaks in the backyard o...

Pandemic Profile: Caregiving Work Tough Before The Pandemic, Now It's Filled With Fear

Jan. 18
By Amita Sharma

A caregiver, who works at an assisted living facility worries about getting the virus and giving it to her family.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sits next to a syr...

Roughly Half Of Caregivers At Long-Term Care Facilities Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

Jan. 15
By Amita Sharma

Many are worried about long-term side effects.

In this undated frame from video provided by th...

Vaccination Rollout At San Diego Senior Care Facilities Lags Far Behind Plan

Jan. 13
By Amita Sharma

As new COVID-19 cases again surge through senior care facilities in San Diego and throughout the state, getting vaccines into the arms of residents and caregivers has been spotty and slow, according to doctors and advocates.

A row of casino slot machines are pictured in t...

Hundreds Of COVID-19 Cases Tied To San Diego County Tribal Casinos

Dec. 21, 2020
By Amita Sharma

Community outbreak records obtained by KPBS show a total of more than 630 cases in which people diagnosed with the disease had been at casinos within 14 days of their diagnosis.

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

Ex-Caregiver Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Three Women At Nursing Homes Arrested

Dec. 17, 2020
By Amita Sharma

Matthew Fluckiger is accused of sexually violating three elderly women, including one with dementia, at three area nursing homes.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the ...

Families Still Fighting Over Trump, Even As His Term Closes

Nov. 23, 2020
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, 2020
By Amita Sharma

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

52nd Congressional District candidates Scott Pe...

Scott Peters Coasts To Victory In 52nd Congressional District

Nov. 3, 2020
By Amita Sharma

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

View all stories by Amita Sharma ›