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

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.

FAQ: What you need to know about lead in the home

If you know or suspect your home is exposed to lead, either through paint, dust tracked in from the outside or other sources, here's some information that can help.

Tentative release of Common Core test scores set for Sept. 9

Release of new Common Core-aligned tests scores by districts and schools is expected in early September, but when parents get their student's individual scores depends on their districts.

LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith files suit, district adds new charges

Los Angeles Unified says investigators revealed serious allegations against well-known Los Angeles Unified teacher Rafe Esquith. His attorney said the district is acting like a criminal cartel.

CSU trustees approve raises for chancellor, administrators

The California State University trustees approved 2 percent salary raises for the system's top executives.

California ranked near bottom in economic security for kids

The KIDS COUNT report finds California improved the health status of its children, but dropped next to last in providing for their economic well-being.

Experts: More diversity among publishers needed

Guest speakers at KPCC's event on diverse literature say a diverse publishing industry can lead to more quality, non-English books for kids.

Many teachers ill-prepared to teach Common Core

The president of the California Board of Education says it will take time before Common Core instruction on such skills as critical thinking can be fully rolled out.

UTLA declares impasse in teacher contract talks

The teachers union's action clears the way for a mediator to be brought in to help UTLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District reach a new contract.

UC students plan to walk out of class Monday

The University of California regents' decision to increase tuition annually over a five-year period prompted student protests and a scheduled walkout on Monday.

LA Unified graduation rate improves in 2013-2014

Los Angeles Unified reported a graduation rate for the class of 2014 of 77 percent, up from the previous rate but trailing the statewide measure of about 80 percent.