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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's of science degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University.

Recent Stories by Andrew Bowen

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San Diego Homeless Tent Shelters To Stay Open Through June

Sept. 18
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members have agreed to keep funding three homeless tent shelters for another nine months. But some are growing concerned that the funding of the tents is not sustainable.

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Higher Costs, Unmet Expectations Overshadow Tent Shelter Vote

Sept. 17
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members are being asked to extend the funding for three tent shelters for the homelessness. The shelters have failed to meet their own goals, and their price tag is rising.

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SANDAG Board Selects New Executive Director

Sept. 14
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Association of Governments has selected Hasan Ikhrata as its new executive director. Ikhrata is currently executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments.

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In Search Of Makeover, Midway District Says 'Yes' To New Housing

Sept. 14
By Andrew Bowen

A proposed update to the Midway community plan would permit some 10,000 new homes in the neighborhood, known for large industrial lots, traffic congestion and strip clubs. Advocates see density as a chance at revitalization.

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San Diego Moves To Create 'Mobility Board' To Advise On Transportation

Sept. 12
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members have advanced a proposal to create a new volunteer advisory board on transportation. The plans would also dissolve the city's Bicycle Advisory Board — leaving some bike advocates concerned.

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All Eyes On Mayor Faulconer As Clean Energy Decision Looms

Sept. 7
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave opening remarks at a forum organized to rally support for community choice energy. He stopped short of endorsing the program for San Diego, but supporters see his appearance as a good sign.

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San Diego To Distribute $50 Million To Affordable Housing Projects

Sept. 4
By Andrew Bowen

The $50 million is earmarked for affordable housing and permanent homes for formerly homeless individuals. Observers say it is far short of what is needed to make serious progress toward housing San Diego's unsheltered population.

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Dorm-Style Apartments Near SDSU Win Support Of Planning Commission

Aug. 30
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Planning Commission has voted to support a proposed dormitory near SDSU, saying the shortage of student housing near campus outweighed concerns over parking.

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Truax House Restoration And Apartment Conversion Underway

Aug. 29
By Andrew Bowen

The Truax House, a century-old home in Bankers Hill that served as San Diego's first AIDS hospice, is undergoing an extreme makeover that'll change its uses but preserve its history.

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Parking Mandates Threaten To Derail Dorm-Style Apartments Near SDSU

Aug. 28
By Andrew Bowen

A proposal to build 128 dormitory-style apartments near SDSU is facing opposition from city staffers, who say city code requires it to offer more parking spaces.

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