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Sandhya Dirks

KPBS Metro Reporter - Contributor through April 2014

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As KPBS’ Metro Reporter, Sandhya Dirks covers city news and politics for radio, TV, and online. She focuses not just on the political horserace, but on how policies affect people in the community. Prior to joining the KPBS Newsroom, Sandhya worked at Iowa Public Radio, where she covered the 2012 presidential campaign for that key state as well as state politics. Sandhya contributed regularly to NPR during the election year and produced stories for Harvest Public Media - a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. As a state-wide reporter, Sandhya focused on stories of growing diversity in the heartland and investigated the broken mental health system in Iowa.

Sandhya started her career in the Bay Area at public radio station KALW. Her work focused on investigative stories and features on poverty, violence, and the criminal justice system. Her work has been honored with a Mark of Excellence Award by the Society of Professional Journalists and a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Sandhya has a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she refined her audio skills and learned multimedia reporting, editing, and production. Her master’s project on international adoption earned her a prestigious Patsy Pulitzer Preston fellowship.

Recent Stories by Sandhya Dirks

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Faulconer Defeats Alvarez For Mayor; Vows To Unite San Diego

Feb. 12, 2014
By Claire Trageser, Mark Sauer, Sandhya Dirks

New San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer, who defeated fellow Councilman David Alvarez by a wide margin on Tuesday, vows to be an independent leader for all San Diegans.

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Faulconer Gives Sneak Peak Into His Budget Priorities

April 9, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

Hint: It is all about infrastructure. With $35 million in new revenue, the mayor said he will earmark $22 million toward repairing streets and fixing city buildings.

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Judge Rules Barrio Logan Community Plan Will Be Referendum On June 3 Ballot

April 4, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

A San Diego Superior Court judge has denied an injunction that would have put the Barrio Logan community plan into the courtroom.

Judge To Decide If Barrio Logan Community Plan Goes To Court Or Ballot Box

April 3, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

The Environmental Health Coalition is asking a San Diego Superior Court judge to take the Barrio Logan community plan off the ballot and into the courtroom.

Commission Looks To Raise Pay For San Diego Mayor, City Council

April 3, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

San Diego's Salary Setting Commission met to craft an amendment to the city charter that would change how the mayor and City Council would get pay raises.

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Tradition Of Transitional Housing Runs Counter To Federal Efforts To End Homelessness

March 27, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

An ideological and infrastructural bent that favors established transitional housing in San Diego may make it hard to move towards the newer federally endorsed model of housing the homeless first.

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'Housing-First' Debate May Cost San Diego Homeless Programs Federal Funding

March 26, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

The Obama administration has declared a goal of ending homelessness in the next few years by using a model called housing-first. But transitional housing advocates in San Diego aren't willing to give up on their work, even if it means losing federal dollars.

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Todd Gloria Gets OK To Propose Measure On Increasing Minimum Wage In San Diego

March 24, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria got the green light to work with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith on a proposed measure to raise minimum wage in San Diego.

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Questions Remain After Balboa Park Centennial Planning Group Disbanded

March 6, 2014
By Sandhya Dirks

After the Balboa Park Centennial planning group disbanded this week, two questions remain: Where did the more than $2 million the city gave the group go? And what happens now?

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Faulconer Wins Big; Alvarez Concedes San Diego Mayor's Race Via Twitter

Feb. 11, 2014
By Claire Trageser, Mark Sauer, Sandhya Dirks

Kevin Faulconer will replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner; David Alvarez conceded shortly before midnight on social media.

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