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Shalina Chatlani

Science and Technology Reporter

Shalina Chatlani covers science and technology for KPBS. Her beat includes issues ranging from alternative energy to STEM education.

Before coming to KPBS, Shalina was a fellow for Nashville Public Radio, covering environmental and education news. While there, she focused on bringing diverse voices to the air and finding stories on issues of diversity and equity. Shalina also created and co-hosted her own weekly show on higher education and social justice for community radio station WPFW in Washington, DC. She also served as associate editor for a business to business online publication called Education Dive. She was also a contributing reporter for the English-speaking online newspaper, The Rio Times, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shalina earned an undergraduate degree in science, technology and international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her master's degree is in science communication, also from Georgetown.

Recent Stories by Shalina Chatlani

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How San Diego Scientists Are Helping The Navy Keep Ship Hulls Clean

Oct. 22
By Shalina Chatlani

Biofouling, or the accumulation of marine organisms on the hull of a boat, is not new. But scientists are finding some new solutions.

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San Onofre One Step Closer To Deconstruction, But Critics Say It's Too Soon

Oct. 18
By Shalina Chatlani

Environmentalists say dismantling the defunct nuclear power plant will make it harder to ensure the safety of the radioactive waste stored on site.

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Will Low-Income Communities Be Left Out Of California's Clean Energy Transition?

Oct. 18
By Shalina Chatlani

Beginning next year, all new residential construction in California must include solar panels. Some say the extra cost will just make an already unaffordable housing market more inaccessible for low-income residents.

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SDG&E Makes Assurances Ratepayers Won't Get Stuck With 2007 Wildfire Bills

Oct. 11
By Shalina Chatlani

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the utility can't pass on nearly $400 million in costs from the wildfires to its customers. And a company spokesman said the loss has already been accounted for.

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SDG&E Warns Of Possible Outages To Prevent Wildfires In Dry, Gusty Weather

Oct. 9
By Christopher Underwood, Shalina Chatlani

San Diego Gas & Electric announced this week that the utility may shut off power in certain parts of San Diego County due to forecasted weather conditions that could pose a danger to power lines and increase the risk of wildfires.

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Jennifer Doudna, Co-Founder Of CRISPR, On The Future Of Gene Editing

Oct. 9
By Shalina Chatlani

KPBS science and technology reporter Shalina Chatlani sat down with Jennifer Doudna to talk about the ethics of editing DNA.

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Supreme Court Denies SDG&E Appeal To Have Ratepayers Pay $379M For 2007 Wildfires

Oct. 7
By Shalina Chatlani

San Diego Gas & Electric went to the U.S. Supreme Court last year after its argument had been repeatedly rejected by state courts and energy regulators since 2012.

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First Hispanic Woman In Space Receives Honorary Degree From San Diego State

Oct. 2
By Shalina Chatlani

SDSU graduate Ellen Ochoa is the former director of the Johnson Space Center and became the first Hispanic woman to go to space in 1993.

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TwitchCon Brings Gamers, Fans To Budding San Diego Esports Industry

Sept. 27
By Shalina Chatlani

San Diego has a small but emerging esport economy, with some major game developers and gaming centers throughout the city.

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SDG&E Summertime Bill Reduction Proposal Won't Help Customers Save

Sept. 24
By Shalina Chatlani

The proposal is revenue neutral, which means customers will be paying higher wintertime bills to offset the cost.

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