Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks (@sandhyadirks) (she/her) is the race and equity reporter at KQED public radio, where she focuses on long form documentary storytelling.

She is a reporter and producer of On Our Watch, an investigative podcast about how police police themselves; is the host and reporter of the podcast American Suburb, which explores how a new great migration to suburbia has changed the demographics of a place once defined as "white”; and was also the editor of the first season of Truth Be Told, an advice podcast made by, and for, people of color. Sandhya got her start covering presidential politics in the swing state of Iowa and her investigative reporting led to the resignation of San Diego's mayor over charges of sexual abuse, long before #MeToo. She believes all stories are stories about power.


A decade ago, a 22-year-old black man was killed by a white police officer at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station.


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