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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

A liquor store and massage parlor are seen here...

Measure E Seeks Midway District's Revitalization By Raising Building Height Limit

Oct. 22
By Andrew Bowen

The measure would be the biggest change to San Diego's 30-foot coastal height limit since it was approved by voters in 1972.

Sculptured lions guard the front of Jasmine Sea...

San Diego City Council Names Convoy District A Pan-Asian Cultural, Business Hub

Oct. 20
By Andrew Bowen

Supporters say the designation will allow Convoy Street to further brand itself as a destination. It comes ahead of a community plan update that could spur a population boom in the larger Kearny Mesa area.

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

Measure A: Should San Diego Raise Taxes To Fund Affordable Housing?

Oct. 16
By Andrew Bowen

Supporters say the additional property taxes are relatively small and the benefit of housing the homeless is worth it. Opponents say the cost of building affordable housing is too high and San Diegans cannot afford more taxes.

San Diego County board of supervisors candidate...

Two Democrats Vying For County Supervisor Seat That's Been In GOP Hands For Decades

Oct. 9
By Andrew Bowen

Nora Vargas, a vice president at Planned Parenthood, says her experience in health care makes her qualified to be county supervisor. State Sen. Ben Hueso argues his 15 years in elected office show he knows how to get things done.

San Diego mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and To...

Mayoral Candidates Bry and Gloria Are Two Democrats With Differing Views On City's Top Issues

Oct. 5
By Andrew Bowen

State Assemblymember Todd Gloria and San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Bry would likely take the city in different directions on issues like affordable housing, transportation and climate action.

Oscar Tavera bikes through Teralta Park in City...

Pandemic Brings More Biking And Fewer Crashes — But Can It Last?

Sept. 28
By Andrew Bowen

Bike advocates are thrilled by the recent boom in biking and a drop in cyclist injuries. But they say new public policy is needed to ensure that trend continues once the pandemic is over.

The vacant Mission Hills Branch Library is seen...

Historic Designation Scuttles Plan For Affordable Housing At Mission Hills Library Site

Sept. 24
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer had hoped to make the small piece of land available to developers to build housing for the homeless. But its designation as a historic resource prevents the building from being redeveloped.

File photo of the 101 Ash Street building taken...

San Diego's Chief Operating Officer Resigns Amid 101 Ash Street Debacle

Sept. 21
By Andrew Bowen

Kris Michell was not at the city when it signed the disastrous lease-to-own agreement on the high-rise building in downtown San Diego. But she was a key decision-maker as the project grew into a full-fledged scandal.

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata speaks ...

SANDAG Board Seeks 'Action Plan' Following Audit

Sept. 18
By Andrew Bowen

The audit faulted management of county’s regional transportation agency for making large severance payments to departing executives and not disclosing them to board members. The audit got a mixed response from the board.

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

Mayor Faulconer Endorses Measure E To Repeal Midway Height Limit

Sept. 14
By Andrew Bowen

The measure to allow buildings taller than 30 feet in Midway has also been endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican parties of San Diego County.

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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
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
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
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.'