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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's seal is shown at the downtown City ...

San Diego Extends Eviction Moratorium Through September

June 30
By Andrew Bowen

The freeze on all residential and commercial evictions comes as the recent spike in COVID-19 infections threatens prolong the economic pain caused by the pandemic.

San Diego police officers monitor protesters du...

San Diego Clears Police Oversight Reform For November Ballot

June 23
By Andrew Bowen

The effort to establish a new civilian oversight body has been going on for years. But it took on new urgency after protests following the death of George Floyd.

A vacant county crime lab and future site of af...

San Diego Again Loses Out In State Affordable Housing Grant Program

June 22
By Andrew Bowen

While projects in the Bay Area and Los Angeles are recommended for more than $400 million, San Diego will likely get zero dollars under the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant program.

Customers sit in an outdoor dining area on Indi...

San Diego Mayor Wants To Expand Outdoor Dining During Pandemic

June 18
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled a proposal Thursday to speed up permitting of outdoor dining to help restaurants and other businesses that face limited indoor capacity due to social distancing restrictions.

San Diego Pride attendees march during the para...

San Diego LGBTQ Activists Celebrate Landmark Civil Rights Ruling

June 15
By Andrew Bowen

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling extending workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is based on the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Cars drive along the National City Mile of Cars...

Pandemic Is Hurting Some City Budgets More Than Others In San Diego County

June 15
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen

Cities across California are on track to lose an estimated $7 billion in tax revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But while no city is immune to the economic crisis, some are in a much better position than others.

A line of police officers observe protesters du...

San Diego City Council Passes Budget With No Cuts To Police Funding

June 8
By Andrew Bowen

The council took more than 10 hours of public testimony, nearly all of it from people asking for cuts to the San Diego Police Department amid nationwide outrage over police violence in the wake of the George Floyd killing.

Apartments in the San Diego neighborhood of Tal...

San Diego Approves Relief Fund For Renters Hurt By Pandemic

June 2
By Andrew Bowen

The city fund would use federal stimulus money to make direct payments to landlords on behalf of tenants who have been unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

San Diego's seal is shown at the downtown City ...

San Diego Extends Eviction Moratorium Through June 30

May 19
By Andrew Bowen

The moratorium requires tenants and businesses to notify their landlords in writing if they are unable to pay, and they must prove their hardship is caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The San Diego County Administration Building do...

How Will San Diego County Spend Its $334 Million In Stimulus Funds?

May 18
By Andrew Bowen

Two county supervisors want millions for small business relief, child welfare services and enhanced telemedicine services. The full board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an overall plan.

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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.