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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 Convention Center on Jan. 14, 2020.

San Diego Will Ask Judge To Salvage Convention Center Expansion

April 6
By Andrew Bowen

The City Council on Tuesday voted to go ahead with Measure C, a March 2020 ballot measure that seeks to fund an expansion through increased hotel taxes, even though it garnered approval from slightly less than two-thirds of city voters.

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata stands ...

What Biden's Infrastructure Plan Means For San Diego

April 5
By Andrew Bowen

The president's $2 trillion infrastructure plan would invest heavily in public transit and intercity rail — goals that are closely aligned with what San Diego transportation planners hope to achieve.

Protesters gathered at the San Diego Police Dep...

San Diego Commission On Police Practices Proposes Changes To SDPD Protest Policy

April 5
By Andrew Bowen, Harrison Patiño

The commission submitted a 19 proposed changes involving SDPD's policy on how officers respond to and interact with protestors.

Bird, Link and Spin scooters are seen by an MTS...

Electric Scooters Slowly Return After Pandemic Slump

March 31
By Andrew Bowen

Two new scooter sharing companies obtained permits to operate in San Diego this year as city officials consider ways to improve regulations of the industry.

Two cyclists ride on Diamond Street past signs ...

Residents Fight To Preserve San Diego's Last Remaining 'Slow Street'

March 25
By Andrew Bowen

The city unveiled a "slow streets" program last year to give residents safe places to walk and ride bikes during the pandemic. But in recent months it has quietly been scaled back to just one street in Pacific Beach.

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

San Diego Mayor Reopens Bidding Process For Right To Provide Electric, Gas Services

March 19
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Todd Gloria says his demands from the city's future utility partner will result in a better deal for taxpayers and the city's climate goals. But activists say the mayor's offer isn't enough to hold SDG&E accountable.

The tracks of the future Mid-Coast Trolley exte...

Pandemic Life: How COVID-19 Is Changing San Diego's Transportation Planning

March 18
By Andrew Bowen

The pandemic has had a profound impact on how San Diegans get around. Now planners are figuring out what lessons can be applied to the long-term future of transportation.

A woman writes a message on the wall of a tunne...

Fatal Crash Prompts Calls To Shelter Homeless In Hotel Rooms

March 17
By Andrew Bowen

On Monday, a man drove his car into a downtown homeless encampment, killing three people and injuring six others. Advocates fault the city for not doing enough to shelter homeless people.

San Diego Police roped off the area of a fatal ...

Driver Charged With DUI After 3 Killed, 6 Hurt In Crash Near San Diego City College

March 15
By Alexander Nguyen, Andrew Bowen

A 71-year-old man was charged with driving under the influence after a crash Monday morning near San Diego City College killed three people and wounded six others, police said.

A man waits for the trolley next to a PRONTO ti...

MTS To Lower Youth Fares, Bring Back Free Transfers On Busses And Trolleys

March 11
By Andrew Bowen

An overhaul to the way San Diego County’s Metropolitan Transit System collects fares is launching this summer with new functions that give transit riders more flexibility and cost savings.

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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.'