Sasha Khokha is KQED's Central Valley Bureau Chief. Based in Fresno, she covers a vast geographic beat, including the nation's most productive farm belt, some of California's poorest towns, and Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. Her investigative work on nitrate contamination in drinking water, produced in collaboration with California Watch, won a Society of Professional Journalists award and a special citation from the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism . Her radio stories have stories have also won an Edward R Murrow Regional Award, as well as prizes from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the California Teachers Association and the Association of Health Care Journalists. Sasha joined KQED in 2004, after stints as a reporter in Alaska and with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. Sasha's work is also heard on National Public Radio and PRI's The World. Sasha is a graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Sasha is also a documentary filmmaker; her film Calcutta Calling documents the lives of teenage girls adopted from India to Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota. The film was nominated for a national broadcast Emmy in 2007.