“…making an impact.”

Dear friends of inewsource,

Everyday, we ask tough questions and strive for honest answers on your behalf.

Whether it’s the San Diego Opera Association, the city, the state or the federal government, each one is entrusted with taxpayer money, and our mission is to make sure it’s spent responsibly and those in charge act transparently.

It’s an honor when our work produces results and is recognized. And today, inewsource made the national stage.

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), which recognizes the best investigative reporting in the country and beyond, announced a top award to inewsource — and reporter Brad Racino — for our work holding the North County Transit District accountable to the public (this is the agency we recently sued for failing to disclose public documents).

Produced for television, radio and the web, the series was awarded first place in the multiplatform journalism category.

Here is what the IRE judges had to say:

“While some reporters have abandoned the type of beat reporting that produces investigations about important public policy issues, inewsource continued to press forward with a dogged probe of San Diego’s North County Transit system…. to reveal layer upon layer of bureaucratic arrogance, corruption and ineptitude at the transit system. 

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inewsource did not shrink under a fusillade of legal fire. The result has been a series of accountability measures involving the system, enough to show that Brad Racino and company are making an impact.”

As a nonprofit organization, inewsource depends on your financial support to make this kind of work possible. We pay lawyers to fight for information, we buy data to quantify our reporting, and we invest in camera equipment for quality video. And, of course, we try to compensate our reporters fairly for their expertise and dedication in doing this very difficult work.

Show how much you value this type of journalism — support us with a donation through our website, and forward this email to a friend.

— Lorie Hearn, executive director

Lorie Hearn is the chief executive officer and editor of inewsource. She is a lifelong news-aholic who started her reporting career writing her Girl Scout newsletter at age 12. High school and college were filled with school newspaper work, and after graduation, she worked as a reporter for newspapers...

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