Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks arrived in Iowa in January of 2012 as a general assignment reporter. Since coming to Des Moines she has covered the Statehouse and traveled across Iowa to bring back stories for IPR. Sandhya was previously a reporter at KALW in San Francisco, covering education and criminal justice issues. Her work was awarded a SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Most recently, Sandhya earned her Master of Science from Columbia Journalism School in New York. Her master’s project was an investigative documentary about international adoption for which she was awarded the Pasty Preston Pulitzer Documentary Fellowship.

Sandhya’s favorite public radio program is Radiolab.

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5:53am

Wed February 12, 2014
Election 2012

San Diego Voters Elect Republican Mayor To Fill Filner's Term

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 6:57 am

The special election was held after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner resigned. He was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

3:57am

Sat August 31, 2013
Code Switch

Graphic Novel Depicts John Lewis' 'March' Toward Justice

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:59 am

John Lewis is the only person to have spoken at the 1963 March on Washington who is still alive. He was just 23 years old when he addressed the crowd of more than 200,000 at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago.

Lewis is a pillar of the civil rights movement. The son of sharecroppers in rural Alabama, he went on to become the president of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and then eventually, a U.S. Congressman from Georgia.

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2:01am

Fri August 30, 2013
Politics

Filner's Exit Isn't The End Of San Diego's Mayoral Mayhem

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 8:51 am

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announces his resignation last week. His last day in office is Friday.
Bill Wechter Getty Images

On Friday, the embattled mayor of San Diego officially steps down. Allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Filner have rocked the eighth-largest American city, which now has to pick up the pieces and elect a new mayor.

The announcement last week that Filner would leave office was greeted with cheers, boos and a flurry of activity from the press — but it all went quiet when the soon-to-be ex-mayor emerged from a swell of bodyguards to speak at the podium.

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6:49pm

Fri August 23, 2013
Around the Nation

San Diego Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 8:12 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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4:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Around the Nation

San Diego Mayor Accused Of Sexually Harassing Women

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:00 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Pressure is growing on the mayor of San Diego to resign. Democrat Bob Filner is being accused by former friends and supporters of sexually harassing women. Filner has apologized, but he also says he's innocent until proven otherwise.

Sandhya Dirks of member station KPBS has the story.

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