KPBS, the NPR and PBS affiliate in San Diego and Imperial Counties, is our primary partner. Together we are a powerful and unique collaborative. Our journalism has had impact. We complement each other, have won awards for our work, and raise funds together to support the investigative journalism mission.

The inewsource reporting staff is embedded in the KPBS newsroom. It works both independently and with reporters on the KPBS staff. Most of our content is distributed across KPBS platforms, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered on radio, on Evening Edition — the KPBS nightly television news show– and on the website, In total, KPBS reaches about 1.4 million people per week.


CBS 8 has been San Diego’s top-rated news station for most of its history, with local weekday newscasts at 4:30 a.m., 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. It’s also the only station in the city to have maintained the same network affiliation (CBS) throughout its history.

inewsource announced its partnership with CBS 8 in October 2016, and inewsource stories now air on CBS 8’s 11 p.m. newscast and on its website,, where they reach a diverse audience across the region.

inewsource and CBS 8 produced their first collaborative investigation — on the San Diego International Airport — in February 2017.

The Coast News Group

The Coast News Group has been delivering high-quality news content since 1987. inewsource stories will now be viewed by an entirely new audience within the publication’s coverage area. This includes more than 120,000 readers from Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Carlsbad, La Costa, Vista, Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and Rancho Santa Fe.

inewsource announced its partnership with The Coast News Group in March 2018.

San Diego State University (SDSU) is an important inewsource partner. Together, we pursue a shared mission of teaching and mentoring journalism’s next generation.

When we opened our doors in 2009, our reporting team was based in the School of Journalism & Media Studies, where our executive director, Lorie Hearn, is a Journalist in Residence. She and her staff lecture in journalism classes and hire interns to assist with and learn from investigative projects underway. Hearn also teaches a course in Investigative Journalism at SDSU.

News21 Large

The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation joined forces in 2005 to launch News21 as a cornerstone of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.

The program is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Nearly 500 top journalism students in the U.S. have participated in the landmark national initiative, including several of inewsource’s current and former staff.

inewsource is now a distribution partner with News21 and publishes their yearly projects on the website.


Since its launch, inewsource has collaborated with the Center for Public Integrity, a prize-winning investigative unit in Washington, D.C. The most extensive partnership to date involved inewsource’s evaluation of California’s “risk of corruption” as part of a nationwide accountability report coordinated by the Center. The project was a finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. It is one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. CPI’s mission is to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

The Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), a national nonprofit umbrella with more than 80 members, is a key inewsource partner. inewsource was a founding member of the organization in 2009.

Through INN, nonprofit journalism centers explore sustainability models, share business skills, and collaborate on journalistic projects. This growing, member-based organization is committed to promoting excellence in investigative journalism and to helping it thrive financially.

Times of San Diego is an independent, online news site with a focus on politics and crime, business and sports, education and arts, military and science, life and opinion in the greater San Diego area.

inewsource entered into a partnership with Times of San Diego in July 2016.

InvestigateTV Raycom Media

inewsource investigations can be found on InvestigateTV, a streaming app showcasing quality and impactful journalism available on Roku and on the InvestigateTV website.

InvestigateTV, an app developed by TV broadcast company Raycom Media, currently streams investigative content from quality news outlets such as New York-based ProPublica and Arizona-based News21. It launched in June 2018 with more than 100 video stories.

This partnership also allows inewsource the ability to reach an additional audience of more than 16 million households through Raycom Media, which owns more than 60 stations across 40 markets in the U.S.