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Sandra Oshiro is KPCC's Politics Editor.

Sandra served as managing editor, digital for Honolulu's largest newspaper, "The Honolulu Advertiser." There, she helped the organization transition from a primarily print operation to a multi-platform newsroom. She also directed a diversity initiative that broadened coverage of underserved communities and introduced reporters to more diverse sources. As a reporter in Hawaii, she covered government and business and was an early adopter of computer-assisted reporting techniques.

Prior to that, Sandra served as regional editor for 24 AOL Patch sites in California. She managed a team of 18 editors and organized the 2012 national and local election coverage. Most recently, she worked as an interim editor for The Poynter Institute where she assisted in coverage of issues facing journalism and media.

She's won several awards for her work, including a public service award from the Hawaii Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists for a series she and a colleague did on child abuse. Sandra received her B.A. from the University of Hawaii and her master's degree from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.


Stories by Sandra Oshiro

What would it take to reverse LA's dismal voter turnout?

Uneventful races, lack of "wedge" issues, and off-year timing all may have played a role in Tuesday's low turnout election. Officials are hoping to turn that around.

LA county, city elections deliver low turnout, major changes

In semi-official returns, L.A. County and city voters approve Measure H homeless tax, reject the Measure S development proposal and re-elect Mayor Eric Garcetti.

ACLU wins release of LAX detainees, but says others still held

An unknown number of people still have not been released by border agents at LAX, attorneys say, as President Trump's immigration order is enforced.

Judge halts Trump immigration order after detentions at airports like LAX

The federal court decision follows a petition filed by ACLU on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations detained at airports across the country, including LAX.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

Hahn, Barger prevailing in LA county supervisors races

If Hahn and Barger win their respective races, L.A. County could become the only board of supervisors in the state with a female supermajority.

Trump's debate watchers say he's survived political crisis

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's backers gathered in Santa Clarita Sunday to cheer on their candidate. His campaign has been roiled by crude remarks he made in 2005.

Both US Senate candidates come out swinging in debate

U.S. Senate candidates Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez took on each other's record, experience and positions on the issues in their only general election debate Wednesday night.

California issues played out in presidential debate

The two presidential candidates debated a host of issues, with Republican Donald Trump naming LAX among "Third World" airports.

How California's issues played out in the presidential debate

The two presidential candidates debated a host of issues, with Republican Donald Trump naming LAX among "Third World" airports.

LA Metro board approves sales tax ballot measure

The Metro measure next goes to the L.A. County supervisors, who also serve on the Metro board. If approved by the supervisors as expected, the measure would be placed on the November general election ballot with a two-thirds approval required for passage.

Election 2016 results: Hahn, Barger, Do leading in supes races

As of midnight Wednesday, Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger led their respective races for a Los Angeles County Supervisor seat.

Trump hot topic at LA County supervisor District 5 debate

Homelessness, infrastructure, pensions and Donald Trump all came up in questions fielded by candidates competing for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors District 5 seat.

Brown's revised budget reflects more austerity

The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.

US Senate hopefuls to debate the issues Tuesday night

The major candidates vying to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate take the stage as part of our California Counts coverage.