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Shalina Chatlani

Science and Technology Reporter - Contributor through December 2020

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Shalina Chatlani covered science and technology; her beat included 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

Volunteers showing off pies from Mama's Kitchen...

Charities Lend A Helping Hand During A Pandemic Holiday Season

Nov. 25, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

As many San Diegans suffer from housing and food insecurity, services like hot meals from Father Joe's Villages can go a long way.

The Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant sits ...

Congress Passes Ocean Pollution Legislation, Clearing Path For San Diego's Pure Water Project

Nov. 24, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

The legislation allows the city to divert funds and resources away from a sewage treatment plant toward the city's water recycling goals.

Araceli Mauricio volunteers at a pop-up food do...

South Bay Communities Brace For Another Surge Of Coronavirus Cases

Nov. 24, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

At the same time that coronavirus cases surge among Latino communities in South Bay, so does unemployment. Latinos account for 60% of all San Diego County cases, though they are just a third of the population.

Immunologist Carl Ware of the Sanford Burnham P...

Moderna Vaccine Around 95% Effective Shows Promise For End Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Nov. 16, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

A San Diego partner of Moderna talk of the company's promising vaccine. The news of its success comes just a week after another company, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, announced its experimental vaccine was over 90% effective.

Crews work on clearing Highway 101 in the after...

UC San Diego Engineers Send Soil Into Outer Space To Tackle Mudslides On Earth

Nov. 13, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

UC San Diego scientists will send soil samples to the International Space Station in 18 months to study the effects of gravity on mud composition.

Power lines at an SDG&E facility in North Park ...

Multi-Billion Dollar Energy Franchise Deal Could Be Delayed Another Year

Nov. 9, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

Even if councilmembers don’t agree on a winning utility in that time, the city has options. That includes forming its own utility and maintaining a relationship with a community choice aggregation provider.

49th Congressional District candidates Mike Lev...

Rep. Mike Levin Wins Against Challenger Brian Maryott In 49th Congressional District

Nov. 3, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

The Democratic incumbent Mike Levin says he's confident he'll keep the seat. Republican challenger Brian Maryott says he thinks voters want a change.

In this March 16, 2012, file photo, researcher ...

Prop. 14, Which Authorizes Bonds To Continue Stem Cell Research, Heads Towards Passing

Nov. 3, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

Proposition 14 asks California voters to issue $5.5 billion in bonds to continue financing the state’s stem cell research institute.

Students at Gompers Preparatory Academy in San ...

Prop. 16, Which Would Bring Affirmative Action To California, Continues To Lag At Polls

Nov. 3, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

Proposition 16, which would affirmative action to public schools and government work, is falling farther behind. With 44% of the vote in, the no vote has 58% of the vote, to 45% yes.

Voters turn in ballots at the San Diego County ...

Returned Ballots Surpass 1 Million In San Diego One Day Ahead Of Election

Nov. 2, 2020
By Shalina Chatlani

More than 1 million ballots out of the 1.95 million sent to registered voters throughout San Diego have already been returned back to the Registrar of Voters office just one day ahead of Election Day.

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Stories featuring work by Shalina Chatlani

Cal Fire chief Thom Porter provides an update o...

California Scrambles For More Firefighters Amid Pandemic

July 9, 2020
Don Thompson and Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press

California is scrambling to find sufficient firefighters amid a coronavirus outbreak that has depleted the pool of inmates who usually handle some of the toughest duties. It's also derailed a plan to hire 600 new state firefighters and support personnel.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer at Gentry’s Beauty and Ba...

San Diego Officials Propose $700K For Small Businesses In Underserved Communities

July 29, 2020
By City News Service, Shalina Chatlani

The proposal, which still requires city council approval, would provide grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, specialized outreach, and technical assistance to business owners.