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Shalina Chatlani

Science and Technology Reporter

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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

A trail of electric grid wires and poles travel...

Mayor's Office Puts Multi-Billion Dollar Energy Deal Up For Bid, Critics Calls It 'Sweetheart Deal'

Sept. 23
By Shalina Chatlani

Some community advocates say the proposal is a “sweetheart deal” that leaves taxpayer interests behind.

A sticker for National Voter Registration Day s...

On National Voter Registration Day, San Diegans Gear Up For November

Sept. 22
By Shalina Chatlani

Californians can also register to vote on election day, if they miss the normal deadline.

UC San Diego physician Dr. Constance Benson, Vi...

UC San Diego Kicks Off Testing In First Of Kind Outpatient Worldwide COVID-19 Trial

Sept. 18
By Shalina Chatlani

The trial, called ACTIV-2, is under the National Institutes of Health. The idea of the trial is to test out multiple coronavirus-specific therapies at once.

Christa Jones, a nurse in the Sharp Grossmont H...

San Diego Scientists Uncover Why Elderly COVID-19 Patients May Experience Deadlier Cases

Sept. 16
By Shalina Chatlani

The research, which was published this week in the peer-reviewed journal 'Cell,' could explain why older people often experience more deadly coronavirus cases.

The type of needle doctors use to administer sh...

AstraZeneca Phase 3 Trials Paused Due To Safety Concerns, UC San Diego Arm Of Study Delayed

Sept. 10
By Shalina Chatlani

Now, a data safety review board is investigating whether the illness is connected to the vaccine.

Convalescent serum or blood plasma from recover...

San Diego Scientists Call Out FDA Commissioner Over 'Cherry Picked' COVID-19 Plasma Data

Sept. 8
By Shalina Chatlani

Scientists say President Donald Trump's characterization of plasma as a "breakthrough," is unfounded and based on unpublished and cherry-picked data.

Harvard scientists made insulin-producing beta ...

Salk Scientists Uncover Novel Type 1 Diabetes Therapy, Promising Results Seen In Mice

Sept. 4
By Shalina Chatlani

Using stem cell technology, scientists created human insulin-producing pancreatic cell clusters that are protected by a type of shield. They were effective in mice.

Community advocates line the stairs of the 101 ...

Should The City Of San Diego Be Its Own Power Company?

Sept. 3
By Shalina Chatlani

As Mayor Kevin Faulconer gets close to signing a new deal with a private company, activists push for “municipalization,” which means the city takes over the power grid.

A San Diego county employee explains the testin...

Scientists Pushing For At-Home COVID-19 Tests Say The FDA Is Holding Them Back

Aug. 27
By Shalina Chatlani

Scientists say the tests could be game-changers in slowing the spread. But without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, companies can’t get funding.

Community and climate change activists gather o...

San Diego Community Advocates Fight Proposed Energy Deal, Want City-Owned Utility

Aug. 22
By Shalina Chatlani

Advocates gathered at the now-infamous 101 Ash St. property Friday and said city leaders are about to make another bad deal with San Diego Gas & Electric.

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

California Scrambles For More Firefighters Amid Pandemic

July 9
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
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.