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Andrew Bowen

Metro Reporter

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As the KPBS metro reporter, Andrew Bowen covers a broad range of issues across San Diego County for radio, TV, and the web.

Before moving to San Diego, Andrew worked for six years as a freelance translator, radio reporter and TV news producer in Germany. His work for the German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle had him covering local, national and international stories across Europe. He also worked as a producer and reporter for the English-language website of Der Spiegel, Germany's largest news magazine.

Andrew is originally from Santa Rosa, California. He holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University.

Recent Stories by Andrew Bowen

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SDPD: Pointing A Taser At Someone Can Be 'De-Escalation'

Feb. 12
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Police Department officials on Wednesday told a City Council committee that an officer pointing a taser at someone and giving them orders can be a de-escalation tactic — comments that prompted pushback from council members.

The Palisades parking lot in Balboa Park is see...

San Diego City Council Approves Funding For New Plaza In Balboa Park

Feb. 10
By Andrew Bowen

Balboa Park's Palisades parking lot is set to be transformed into a pedestrian plaza. Supporters say the project will create a new destination in a corner of the park that is often forgotten.

The outside of the Edward J. Schwartz federal c...

San Diego Settles Suit On Sex Offender Residency Law

Feb. 6
By Andrew Bowen

The city of San Diego has settled a lawsuit challenging a city law that limits where convicted sex offenders can live, agreeing to only enforce the law on parolees. The lawsuit has cost taxpayers more than $122,600.

Congressman Juan Vargas (left) is seen in an of...

Vargas Running For Re-Election To Congressional Seat Against Familiar Foe

Feb. 6
By Andrew Bowen

The 51st District race pits incumbent Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas against Republican Juan Hidalgo, who lost to Vargas in 2016 and 2018.

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Mail Ballots For The March Primary Begin Arriving This Week

Feb. 3
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters opened its doors to early voting Monday and sent out 1.3 million mail-in ballots. Also, the ballot packages will, for the first time, include postage-paid return envelopes and "I Voted" stickers.

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'Smart Streetlight' Backlash Sparks Move Toward San Diego Surveillance Law

Jan. 29
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery says her office will work on a city ordinance to regulate the use of surveillance technology, as the city faces a backlash over camera-equipped streetlights.

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San Diego City Council Debates SDSU Mission Valley Deal

Jan. 27
By Andrew Bowen

As they inch closer to a final agreement with the university, councilmembers delved into the minutia of the $86.2-million deal.

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San Diego Voters Will Decide How City Auditor Is Chosen

Jan. 24
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego has been without a permanent city auditor for nearly a year and a half. Measure D aims to fix that by shifting the power to appoint the auditor from the mayor to the City Council.

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Different Shades Of Blue In City Council District 1 Race

Jan. 23
By Andrew Bowen

The coastal district used to be partisan battleground. But in this year's election not one of eight people running is a Republican.

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City Council District 3 Candidates Differ In Approaches To Homelessness

Jan. 22
By Andrew Bowen

Whoever wins the race for San Diego City Council District 3 will represent some of the city’s most urban neighborhoods. The district includes downtown, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, North Park and Normal Heights, and is the epicenter of the local homelessness crisis.

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