inewsource Associates are young professionals who believe being informed and sustaining journalistic excellence is paramount. The group supports the mission of inewsource and works to remind our future generation(s) that investigative journalism is vital for a vibrant democracy.
Our members display a commitment to corporate, social, and community contributions to enhance investigative journalism in Southern California communities.
Why join: Associates participate in networking events and special talks with inewsource reporters and editors, including behind-the-scenes breakdowns of investigations, tips and tricks for the public, and training sessions focused on civic empowerment. Associates will also meet and hear from inewsource’s partners about their work – across the private sector, academia and media – and about how inewsource plays a role in furthering transparency, education and accountability through those unique partnerships. Also, Associates may join the Spotlight Club at a 50-percent discount, or $500 a year.
Who are the Associates: Any inewsource donor who contributes $50 or more per year, is less than 50 years old and is committed to sustaining investigative journalism.
Katie Shank was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009, and has spent her entire career working in law. Ms. Shank graduated from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 2015. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2016 and currently practices Federal Worker’s Compensation law under the Defense Base Act at the Turley & Mara Law Firm. She participated in various volunteer activities during law school, including Wills for Heroes, Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project, and ran a half marathon to raise funds for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. In addition, she was a research and writing assistant for Emeritus Professor John Decker. Since relocating to San Diego, Ms. Shank has become active in the community. She is a 2017–2018 co-chair of the Awards Committee for the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego and serves on two Section Executive Committees for the San Diego County Bar Association. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and running with her dog Barni, spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, traveling and weightlifting.
A San Diego native and UCSD Alumni, David Bergsma's proclivity for raising political awareness and combatting pervasive indifference began at a young age. His father rose from impoverished and constricted background to become a psychiatrist and university professor at UCSD. Doing so afforded David the opportunity to realize his own dream of bringing change and making the world a better place. David believes that the foundation of our democracy rests on the principle of the town hall meeting: educated, informed citizens coming together to deliberate political, economic and social issues. This basis is paramount in the era of “fake-news” and polarization across the country, and why David supports inewsource’s dedication to investigative journalism and their impetus to deliver unbiased reports. He currently lives downtown and works for Sotheby’s International Realty.
James Halliday is a native San Diegan. After graduating from Stanford in 2003, he pursued graduate studies in Cracow, Poland where he lived until 2005. From 2005-2014, he lived in Seoul, Moscow, and Istanbul, working for many years in journalism, before turning his professional focus to work at the intersection of education, philanthropy, and social enterprise. Since returning to San Diego, James has been the Program Director at the Education Synergy Alliance, then a co-founder of Impact Without Borders, an organization that educates and accelerates social entrepreneurs in the San Diego-Tijuana region. He's a board member the San Diego chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), and sits on Citizens Advisory Board on Police-Community Relations. James is a 2016 Fellow of the San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA), a 2016-17 Fellow of the RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program (at USD), a 2017 Fellow of the Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute, and participated in the Citizens Water Academy (SD County Water Authority). Currently, he is the Ecosystem Advancement Lead at LRNG, a national platform for digital badging and online assessment of informal learning. When he's not working, he's cooking. When he's not inside, he's on trail or playing tennis. When he's not here, he's across the border, in Valle de Guadelupe or at a Xolos match.
Greg Scanlon is the principal of Point Loma Strategic Research, a strategic communications and research firm he founded after relocating to San Diego in 2015. He previously lived in Washington, DC, where he served as research director for the Democratic Governors Association.
Having spent an inordinate of time in municipal clerks' offices and state legislative chambers, Greg is particularly interested in helping foster inewsource's efforts to produce more resources for local investigative news.
Born and raised in San Diego, Benjamin Schenk studied Political Philosophy and Theater at Dartmouth College. Upon graduating, he worked as a Product Manager at Bridgewater Associates where he learned the value of pursuing truth at all costs. Most recently he worked as Chief Operating Officer for LWP Group, a real estate development and hospitality company with projects in San Diego and Tijuana. Benjamin is currently studying law at the University of San Diego. He is a twice published author on the United States/Mexico Border. His interests include in urban development and policy, theater, entrepreneurship, peanut butter, and golf.
With experience in journalism, film studies, photography, graphic design, nonprofit marketing, international development, capacity building and program coordination, Wilda Wong has found her niche doing communications in the social sector, having worked with the Government Accountability Office, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and the San Diego Workforce Partnership. She has served as interim chair of Peace Corps South Africa’s Diversity Committee, the social committee of the San Diego chapter of the Young Nonprofits Professionals Network, and the boards of the local chapter of Tam Tam Mandingue, a West African drumming school, and San Diego Leadership Alliance, an organization cultivating leadership and progressive values. Wilda currently serves on the Friends of Balboa Park’s board of directors and the programming committee for Pacific Arts Movement’s annual San Diego Asian Film Festival.