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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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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.

San Diego mayoral candidates Todd Gloria, Barba...

Two Establishment Democrats, A Republican And An Outsider Vying For San Diego Mayor

Jan. 17
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser

All of the candidates have long histories in San Diego, and three of them are current or past City Council members: Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry, both Democrats, and Scott Sherman, a Republican. Also in the race is community activist Tasha Williamson, who has never held elected office.

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State Lawmakers To Again Consider Controversial Housing Bill

Jan. 7
By Andrew Bowen

Backers of Senate Bill 50 say it will tackle the state's dual crises of housing scarcity and climate change. Opponents claim it will push low-income residents out of their neighborhoods.

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San Diego Reaches 2020 Climate Goals Two Years Early

Dec. 23, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

The city's annual Climate Action Plan report shows the city is ahead of schedule in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But while the overall picture appears good, some areas have seen little to no progress.

Jonathan Doolittle, senior pastor at Clairemont...

San Diego Council OKs 'YIGBY' Reforms For Housing On Church Parking Lots

Dec. 17, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

The new regulations mean churches won't have to maintain quite as many parking spaces in the future. They were inspired by a group called "Yes in God's Backyard" that is promoting affordable housing on land owned by faith communities.

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Can A 'Cannabis Equity' Program Work In San Diego?

Dec. 17, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego is considering a new program focused on helping communities most impacted by the War on Drugs share in the profits of legalized cannabis. A similar program in Los Angeles has faced criticism.

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San Diego City Council Bans Electric Scooters On Boardwalks

Dec. 16, 2019
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The ban applies to the boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla as well as the walkway in Mission Bay Park.

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

San Diego Missing Out On Revenues From Pot Legalization

Dec. 16, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

When California voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, they did so with the promise of new social and environmental programs funded by cannabis tax dollars. That promise remains largely unfulfilled in San Diego.

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