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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

The wood framing of a new apartment building go...

State Officials Praise SANDAG's Housing Plan

Nov. 7
By Andrew Bowen

State housing officials have given high marks to the San Diego Association of Governments for the planning agency's proposal to require more housing in communities with a lot of jobs and access to mass transit.

Small cannabis clones are seen in a display cas...

San Diego Marijuana Businesses Among Nearly 400 With Suspended Licenses

Nov. 6
By Andrew Bowen

California cannabis regulators last week suspended the licenses of nearly 400 businesses — including nine in San Diego County — for failing to enroll in the state's system for tracking marijuana from where it's grown to where it's sold.

Board members of the newly formed San Diego Reg...

San Diego Regional Energy Agency Holds Inaugural Board Meeting

Oct. 31
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials from San Diego, La Mesa, Encinitas, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach held the inaugural meeting of a new government agency that aims to provide cheaper and greener electricity.

Jonathan Doolittle, senior pastor at Clairemont...

San Diego Proposes Easing Church Parking Rules In Favor Of Housing

Oct. 30
By Andrew Bowen

City officials want to revamp parking regulations for houses of worship and other site geared toward public assembly to facilitate more home construction. The changes have been pushed by a group of housing activists calling themselves YIGBY, for "Yes in God's Backyard."

An artist's rendering shows a new stadium for t...

SDSU Increases Offer For Mission Valley Stadium Site To $87.7M

Oct. 29
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a letter delivered to Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday, SDSU is offering to pay almost $20 million more for the 135-acre site than it offered earlier this month. The new offer of nearly $87.7 million is due to be discussed by the City Council next week.

A group of men play a board game at a gathering...

Advocates See Room For Improvement In San Diego's 'Placemaking' Program

Oct. 25
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members last year approved a new placemaking program meant to encourage small-scale community beautification projects. Advocates say the program is an improvement, but that it's still too bureaucratic.

A new battery-powered bus sits in the MTS bus y...

Transit Authority Test Drives Zero-Emission Buses

Oct. 24
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System next month will start deploying a small fleet of electric buses to San Diego streets to test the next phase of green transportation.

A homeless woman who was camping in downtown Sa...

Report: San Diego Needs $1.9B For Permanent Solutions To Homelessness

Oct. 11
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's long-awaited plan to address homelessness recommends a surge in shelter beds and thousands of homes with subsidized rents and social services. The plan says its goals cannot be achieved without new taxes.

An artist's rendering shows a new stadium for t...

San Diego, SDSU Bickering Over Value Of Mission Valley Stadium Property

Oct. 10
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego State University wants to purchase the city's Mission Valley stadium property for $68.2 million. But the city says that number includes discounts that put an unfair burden on city taxpayers.

San Diego City Council member Monica Montgomery...

San Diego Councilwoman Determined To Put More Teeth In Civilian Police Oversight

Oct. 10
By Andrew Bowen

Monica Montgomery is determined to avoid a repeat of the council's failure last year to place a measure on the ballot to strengthen civilian oversight of police officers.

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