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Sandhya Dirks


Sandhya got her start as a reporting fellow at KALW, working on award winning radio documentaries about crime and justice and education in Oakland. She reported on the 2012 presidential election in Iowa, for Iowa Public Radio, where she also covered diversity and mental health issues.

As a politics reporter in San Diego at KPBS, she helped lead an investigation into sexual harassment charges against the mayor that resulted in his resignation. For that reporting she was named, along with her team, San Diego's Journalist of the Year by the local Society of Professional Journalists. Sandhya also reports for NPR, Latino USA, and PRI's The World. 

She returned to KALW to continue her work on criminal justice, poverty, and the changing community of the Bay Area. 

Sandhya studied at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, where her masters project, an investigative documentary film about international adoption, received the Pasty Pulitzer Fellowship. 

She lives in Oakland with her two cats.