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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

The Pechanga Arena in the Midway District is se...

Affordable Housing Advocates Applaud Restart Of Sports Arena Redevelopment

June 18
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Todd Gloria decided to scrap the plans initiated by his predecessor after state officials found the process violated state law.

Gilman Bishop, left, and Ryan Wynn stand in fro...

Bankers Hill Project A Test Case For San Diego's New Affordable Housing Incentives

June 17
By Andrew Bowen

The zero-parking apartment project is the first to fall under the "Complete Communities" program approved by the San Diego City Council last year.

Emanuela Lisa Rossi, left, and Danielle Nuzzo M...

Normal Heights Residents Rallying To Save Community Garden

June 11
By Andrew Bowen

The Vera House Community Garden was recently put on the market, but those who enjoy it as a gathering space are trying to find a way to keep it.

Nurse practitioner Debbi Hinderliter, left, col...

Recovered COVID-19 Patient Describes Agony Of Distorted Sense Of Smell

June 10
By Andrew Bowen

The loss of taste and smell is now widely known as a telltale sign of COVID-19. But fewer people are aware of another potential lingering side effect: when scents and flavors become distorted.

A crane towers over the wood framing of an apar...

San Diego Tweaks 8-Year Housing Plan To Satisfy State Requirements

June 9
By Andrew Bowen

The minor amendments to San Diego's housing element won unanimous approval from the City Council, despite pushback from some housing advocates.

Lori Holt Pfeiler is seen in this undated photo.

New Building Industry Association Chief: Cities 'Need To Step Up' On Housing

June 7
By Andrew Bowen

The Building Industry Association of San Diego County announced last week it was hiring Lori Holt Pfeiler as its next chief executive, making her the first woman to lead the main lobbying organization for local developers.

City Councilwoman Jen Campbell smiles while att...

Campaign To Recall Jen Campbell Fails To Get Enough Signatures

June 1
By Andrew Bowen

Recall backers cited the pandemic and competition from other petition drives as reasons why their campaign to oust the council president fell short. Campbell’s camp called the effort “reckless and ridiculous.”

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata stands ...

SANDAG Unveils Transit Plan Focused On High-Speed Rail And High-Density Housing

May 28
By Andrew Bowen

The long-term strategy by the regional planning agency balances future transportation needs with climate change reduction goals. It's already facing political opposition because it does not call for freeway widening.

Tammy Piehl stands in the outdoor dining space ...

More Dining Spots Mean Fewer Parking Spots, And San Diego Seems Fine With That

May 27
By Andrew Bowen

The city has approved hundreds of outdoor dining permits since the pandemic began. Yet despite causing a big loss in parking across the city, the program appears to have widespread support.

Power lines at an SDG&E facility in North Park ...

San Diego City Council Approves New Franchise Agreements With SDG&E

May 25
By Andrew Bowen

Activists had been pushing the council to reject the deals, which they said do not do enough to hold the utility accountable. But supporters said they were the best compromise the city could get.

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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.'