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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, including local government, housing, transportation, infrastructure and climate change. His reporting at KPBS has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Gloria Penner Award for Political Affairs Reporting from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2018 Walk the Walk Award from Circulate San Diego.

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. He speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

Recent Stories by Andrew Bowen

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department fire trucks ar...

Some Fire Department Staffers Decline COVID-19 Vaccine, Even Amid Outbreak

Jan. 19
By Andrew Bowen

A recent outbreak at a fire dispatch center forced 14 Fire-Rescue Department employees into quarantine. Yet, about one in five department employees have thus far declined to be vaccinated.

A Blue Line MTS Trolley train in Barrio Logan, ...

Transit Agencies Considering Fare Hikes To Pay For System Upgrade

Jan. 13
By Andrew Bowen

MTS and NCTD are launching a new pay-as-you-go fare collection system aimed at providing more flexibility to riders. And they might raise fares to pay for it.

Todd Gloria being virtually sworn in by Califor...

Three Ways Todd Gloria Has Already Changed San Diego City Government

Jan. 12
By Andrew Bowen

During his first month in office, Mayor Todd Gloria has taken stances on key issues that separate him from his predecessor. Gloria will give his first State of the City address Wednesday.

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletch...

UCSD To Help County Deliver 5,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations Per Day

Jan. 10
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

UC San Diego Health, San Diego County and the Padres are teaming up to vaccinate at least 5,000 healthcare workers per day against the novel coronavirus, starting Monday.

San Diego's seal is shown at the downtown City ...

San Diego County Judge Invalidates Prop B Pension Reform

Jan. 6
By Andrew Bowen

The ruling, which was not unexpected, could pave the way for thousands of city of San Diego employees to be brought into the pension system they've been excluded from since 2012.

In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, San Diego Ma...

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer To Explore Potential Run For California Governor

Jan. 4
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Monday he is launching a gubernatorial exploratory committee, the first step in a potential run for California Governor next year.

Vivvi Incognito stands behind the counter of he...

Pandemic Profile: During COVID-19, San Diego Drag Queens Search For Ways To Keep Performing

Dec. 22, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The pandemic has deprived many drag artists of the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences. But one local drag queen says she and others are still finding ways to keep their art alive.

Observers look over the shoulders of election w...

Recount Ends With No Changes To Vote Tally In Tight Santee City Council Race

Dec. 14, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego County Democratic Party requested the recount after the declared winner won by just five votes. But a full day of counting Monday failed to change the results.

City Councilwoman Jen Campbell smiles while att...

Jen Campbell Chosen As New San Diego City Council President

Dec. 10, 2020
By Andrew Bowen

The decision came after a long and contentious meeting in which the overwhelming support during public comment was for Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe.

A family plays in a public playground in Poway,...

Playgrounds To Remain Open In San Diego County

Dec. 9, 2020
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service, Lara McCaffrey

Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered playgrounds closed last week under the new stay-at-home order. But parents and state lawmakers pushed back.

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Mayor Faulconer announced the city's plans for ...

San Diego Converts Golden Hall To Shelter, Prepares For More COVID-19 Cases

March 23, 2020
By City News Service

The city of San Diego announced Monday the entirety of Golden Hall and parts of the Convention Center will be converted to homeless shelters with hundreds of beds as the city rushes to prepare for what health officials are describing as a storm on the horizon with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A smart streetlight located near the entrance o...

Public Safety Committee Moves Surveillance Ordinances To Full Council

July 15, 2020
By City News Service

In two separate motions, the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee approved a proposed ordinance establishing rules for the city's acquisition and use of surveillance equipment and technology and to establish a Privacy Advisory Commission.

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San Diego City Council Extends COVID-19 Rent Repayment To Dec. 30

July 28, 2020
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to extend the rent repayment period for commercial and residential renters to Dec. 30, giving renters who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic a few extra months to repay back rent.'