She founded inewsource (formerly called the Watchdog Institute) in the summer of 2009, following a successful 35-year 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.
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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 in 1974. During the next two decades, 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
Brad Racino has many roles at inewsource — investigative reporter, videographer, editor, producer, website designer and social media manager.
As a reporter, Racino has covered both local and national issues ranging from imported food safety and international maritime commerce to local politics and transportation. His stories have been published by the Washington Post, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and MSNBC.com, and have won more than 20 journalism awards since 2012.
Before joining inewsource, Brad worked as a reporter and database analyst for News21; as a photographer, videographer and reporter for the Columbia Missourian; and as a videographer and editor for Verizon Fios1 TV in New York.
Brad received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2012.
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Joanne Faryon is an investigative producer for inewsource.
Faryon has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist, working in a print, radio and TV. Prior to joining KPBS in 2006, she worked as a reporter in Canada and the U.S., specializing in investigative reporting.
Faryon has held many roles at KPBS including reporter, host, and producer for both TV and radio. Among her many stories and investigations is the 2010 look into the effectiveness of the Whooping Cough vaccine. The series of in-depth features led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to re-examine its reporting and change its guidelines.
Faryon’s work has been honored by the USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism with the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism. The prestigious honor was for the Envision special, “Who’s Supervising San Diego?” – an in-depth look at the County’s Board of Supervisors. Faryon has also received an honorable mention from the National Press Foundation in 2010 for an in-depth look at the state’s prison system as part of the Envision series. In addition, Faryon has earned two regional Emmys and several awards from the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. Her Canadian honors include a Manitoba Human Rights award for meritorious service for her investigative work on the Ku Klux Klan and right-wing extremism in Canada.
Joanne has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Winnipeg and a creative communications diploma from Red River College.
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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 a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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