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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

An artist's rendering shows the proposed afford...

MTS Board Delays Vote On Affordable Housing At Trolley Station Over Parking Concerns

Sept. 17
By Andrew Bowen

The project would provide affordable housing for an estimated 1,410 people directly adjacent to the Palm Avenue trolley station in the South Bay.

A group of pro-recall voters gather to watch ea...

5 Takeaways After Gavin Newsom Handily Defeats Recall

Sept. 15
By Andrew Bowen and Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press

Tuesday's recall offered its own lessons. It showed that Republicans’ groundless claims of election fraud aren’t going away anytime soon. Even while ballots were still being cast, Republicans were claiming the election was “rigged.”

Two people walk into a polling place in Nationa...

San Diego Voters Head To Polls In Crucial Gubernatorial Recall Election

Sept. 14
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Voters can cast a ballot at one of 221 voting locations around the county or at the San Diego County Registrar's Office until 8 p.m.

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at Hanzo Sushi Thursda...

How California's Recall Election Could Change State, National Politics

Sept. 13
By Andrew Bowen

Whether Gov. Gavin Newsom wins or loses on Tuesday, the recall election's outcome is likely to have big impacts on public health policies and the balance of power in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

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San Diego Pledged To Shift Away From Cars. So Why Is It Still Widening Roads?

Sept. 7
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego has plans to widen El Cajon Boulevard with a new right-turn lane for motorists. That's despite years of commitments from elected officials to make streets safer and more pedestrian friendly.

A worker with a face mask and gloves sorts thro...

How To Vote In The Recall Election If You Missed The Registration Deadline

Sept. 1
By Andrew Bowen

California passed a law in 2019 that allows conditional voter registration all the way up to Election Day on Sept. 14. But you have to do it in person.

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is...

Fewer Than Half Of San Diego Police Officers Say They're Vaccinated

Aug. 30
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's sworn police officers have the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate of all the city's employee unions. City workers have until Nov. 2 to be fully vaccinated or they risk losing their jobs.

An engineer fills a container with recycled wat...

Ratepayers Could Block San Diego Water, Wastewater Rate Changes

Aug. 26
By Andrew Bowen

The city's Public Utilities Department wants to raise water and wastewater rates to cover rising costs. But the city's customers could block the proposal if enough people submit written protests.

Clockwise from top left: Larry Elder, John Cox,...

A Closer Look At Four Top Candidates In The Recall Election

Aug. 23
By Andrew Bowen

A dizzying selection of 46 candidates appear on the ballot in California's recall election. Here's a closer look at four of them — three Republicans and one Democrat.

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How Remote Working Has Changed San Diego Rush Hour

Aug. 17
By Andrew Bowen

Morning rush hour is significantly lighter than before the pandemic, but afternoons can get busy as remote workers seek to get out of the house.

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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.

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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.'