Sandra Oshiro

Politics Editor

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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 you need to know about the California GOP convention

Supporters of two major GOP candidates for governor failed to unite behind one, jeopardizing Republican chances of advancing from the June 5 primary to the general.

2018 Election: Your guide to SoCal’s key congressional races

If you need a speedy guide to the important congressional races in this year's June 5 primary election, you've come to the right place.

2018 Election: Your guide to the state primary ballot measures

Here's a quick download on the five state propositions you'll see on your June 5 primary ballot.

GOP polling second in latest gubernatorial poll

For its second poll running, the Public Policy Institute survey shows Democrat Gavin Newsom leading in the primary race for governor followed by Republican John Cox.

Another low turnout LA area election, when will it end?

One candidate wins an interim state Assembly seat outright while competitors in two other districts move on to a June 5 runoff following Tuesday's special elections.

California Democrats won't endorse candidates for governor, US Senate

A deeply divided state Democratic Party couldn't agree on who to support in these major races — which are just around the corner for voters.

Candidates for California's next governor battle to separate themselves

It got heated — and personal — when the six major candidates met on stage at USC to discuss the issues facing California.

Well-funded Democrats target 4 GOP seats in OC

Four Orange County congressional seats are central to Democrats' effort to retake the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Republican faces several well-funded challengers.

LA holds another low-turnout election with big consequences

Voters in Tuesday's general election chose two pro-charter members, tipping the balance of the seven-member Los Angeles Unified School District board.

LA metro area posted dip in housing unit building permits

Permits for housing units declined in 2016, reversing what had been a steady post-recession recovery for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area.

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.