Sasha Khokha is Central Valley Bureau Chief for KQED’s statewide public radio program, The California Report. 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. Whether trekking up a Sierra glacier with her microphone, interviewing farmworkers in Spanish, or explaining complicated air or water quality issues, Sasha translates rural California to the rest of the state. Sasha is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Brown University, and the mother of two young children. @KQEDSashaKhokha
Nearly a thousand farmworker women will gather Friday in Tulare, one of California’s poorest counties, for the annual Farmworker Women's Conference. They'll learn about education, social services and have an opportunity to discuss their lives and the health challenges they face.
Lali Moheno of Visalia started this San Joaquin Valley conference 11 years ago because she wanted to help other women farmworkers. Moheno’s mother spent decades picking cotton and grapes. She died without any medical insurance to treat her leg injuries and diabetes. Moheno sought to help educate other women and share tactics to improve their lives.
California’s Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out a new tool to help pinpoint communities that may be particularly vulnerable to pollution. It’s the first environmental index of its kind in the nation, measuring a broad range of pollutants and health indicators in every zip code across the state.
The highest scoring community is West Fresno, one of the city’s poorest areas. City leaders recently opened a new sports complex there, billing it a “baseball, softball, and soccer dreamland.” It also features a skateboard park, paintball, and a fishing pond.