Our Staff

Lorie Hearn is the executive director and editor of inewsource.

She founded inewsource in the summer of 2009, following a successful reporting and editing career in newspapers. She retired from The San Diego Union-Tribune, where she had been a reporter, Metro Editor and finally the senior editor for Metro and Watchdog Journalism. In addition to department oversight, Hearn personally managed a four-person watchdog team, composed of two data specialists and two investigative reporters.

Hearn was a Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard University in 1994-95. She focused on juvenile justice and drug control policy, a natural course to follow her years as a courts and legal affairs reporter at the San Diego Union and then the Union-Tribune.

Hearn became Metro Editor in 1999 and oversaw regional and city news coverage, which included the city of San Diego’s financial debacle and near bankruptcy. Reporters and editors on Metro during her tenure were part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning stories that exposed Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and led to his imprisonment.

Hearn began her journalism career as a reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times, a small daily outside of Philadelphia, shortly after graduating from the University of Delaware. During the decades following, she moved through countless beats at five newspapers on both coasts.

High-profile coverage included the historic state Supreme Court election in 1986, when three sitting justices were ousted from the bench, and the 1992 execution of Robert Alton Harris. That gas chamber execution was the first time the death penalty was carried out in California in 25 years.

In her nine years as Metro Editor at the Union-Tribune, Hearn made watchdog reporting a priority. Her reporters produced award-winning investigations covering large and small local governments. The depth and breadth of their public service work was most evident in coverage of the wildfires of 2003 and then 2007, when more than half a million people were evacuated from their homes.

Contact Lorie at loriehearn@inewsource.org


John Cannon is the news editor at inewsource.

He joined the organization after retiring in 2014 from The San Diego Union-Tribune, where he worked as an editor for 27 years. Over that time, Cannon supervised coverage of nearly every major news beat, including education, health care, government, crime, the military, science and the border.

Earlier in his career he worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Chicago area. Cannon has won numerous writing and editing awards in California and Illinois, and he has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

Contact him at johncannon@inewsource.org.

Brad RacinoBrad Racino is a senior reporter and assistant director at inewsource, as well as a photographer, videographer and editor. He has produced work for print, radio and TV on a variety of topics including political corruption, transportation, health, trade, surveillance and maritime.

His cross-platform reporting has earned more than 40 local awards and several national awards, including back-to-back medals from Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national Emmy nomination and the Sol Price Award for Responsible Journalism.

Racino has worked as a reporter and database analyst for News21; as a photographer, videographer and reporter for the Columbia Missourian; a project coordinator for the National Freedom of Information Coalition and as a videographer and editor for Verizon Fios1 TV in New York.

He received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2012.

Contact him at bradracino@inewsource.org or
(845) 553-4170.

Joe Yerardi is an investigative reporter and data specialist at inewsource, combining traditional reporting techniques with data analysis to produce investigative stories.

Prior to joining inewsource, Yerardi was the data editor at the San Antonio Express-News. While in San Antonio, he wrote data-driven stories of local and regional interest, assisted reporters in utilizing data in daily and enterprise coverage and produced data visualizations for the newspaper’s print and online products.

Joe holds bachelor’s degrees from New York University and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Contact him at joeyerardi@inewsource.org or (619) 594-5321.

Leo Castaneda is a reporter and economic analyst for inewsource, as well as a social media manager and webmaster.

Castaneda graduated with degrees in journalism and economics from San Diego State University. While there he served as the editor in chief of the student-run newspaper, The Daily Aztec. He has written about issues including school finance, diversity in San Diego communities and water quality for inewsource.

Originally from Mexico City, Castaneda moved with his family to Chula Vista, Calif. in 2002. He is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish. He has written for The Daily Aztec’s Spanish section, Mundo Azteca.

Contact him at leocastaneda@inewsource.org

CYoung Chris Young joined inewsource as a reporter in August 2015.

Before moving to San Diego, he spent three years reporting on issues including food safety and corporate propaganda for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C.

Chris’ journalism career began in Pittsburgh, where he worked as a reporter for Pittsburgh City Paper, the Steel City’s alternative-weekly newspaper. During his five-year stint with the paper, he covered everything from education and politics to neighborhoods and law enforcement.

Chris received his master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in 2013.

Contact him at chrisyoung@inewsource.org.

Ingrid Lobet has covered the environment, energy and climate for 14 years and been recognized with several national awards, including IRE, Edward R. Murrow, Scripps Howard and the Polk (team).

Recently she’s been on the investigative team at the Houston Chronicle and produced stories for Marketplace and the Center for Investigative Reporting. When screen time overwhelms she reverts to carpentry, her first trade.

Contact her at ingridlobet@inewsource.org.

Cheryl Clark became an expert in the massive changes that would come from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prevent medical harm and overutilization of the healthcare system during her six plus years as senior quality editor with Boston-based HealthLeaders Media.

She has won numerous awards, including the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s $10,000 prize in 2015 for her magazine article on faster recognition and treatment of deadly sepsis. Her weekly column had 40,000 subscribers.

Clark was one of 30 participants of a roundtable that led to a 2015 report, “Shining a Light. Safer Health Care Through Transparency” produced by the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute.

She resigned from HealthLeaders in May, 2015 to spend time developing underreported stories, writing for MedPage Today and other publications.

In October, Clark was among 12 journalists selected for the first Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s comparative effectiveness fellowship in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists.

For 27.5 years, she covered medicine and science for The San Diego Union-Tribune. In the mid 1980s, she established one of the nation’s first specialty beats on HIV and AIDS for a major newspaper.

She also covered energy and environment for The Sacramento Bee and was a Nieman Foundation fellowship finalist. Clark also worked for The San Francisco Chronicle and co-owned and edited a weekly newspaper in Columbia, MD.

Contact her at cherylclark@inewsource.org 

Victoria Mendiola is the Executive Assistant for inewsource. Her responsibilities include conducting daily management and administrative duties essential to the organization.

Victoria graduated from San Diego State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with Emphasis in Science.

Contact her at victoria.mendiola@inewsource.org

Megan Wood is a photo and video intern at inewsource.

Wood is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism at San Diego State University with plans to graduate in May 2016. In addition to interning at inewsource, she is the photo editor of SDSU’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Aztec, and president of the SDSU Society of Professional Journalists.

Contact her at meganwood@inewsource.org or (619) 948-6777.

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