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2012: Top Investigative Stories

Aired 12/31/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Joanne Faryon, KPBS Investigative Producer

Amita Sharma, KPBS Investigative Reporter


This year, the KPBS/I-Newsource Investigations Desk documented the long financial and political relationship between elected officials and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester and his CEO John Lynch. Their series explored Manchester and Lynch's attempts to flex political muscle with then-Port Commissioner Scott Peters and potentially one mayoral candidate.

Peters said Lynch threatened him with disbanding the Port, and a chain of emails between the two launched additional coverage both by KPBS/I-Newsource and other news outlets. The series also showed potential connections between Manchester and then-mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio and took a look at Mayor Bob Filner's calendar.

Also this year, new research confirmed the whooping cough vaccine is failing at a higher rate than expected, findings that KPBS and Investigative Newsource foreshadowed in an investigation in 2010.

After a leak shut down the San Onofre nuclear power plant, KPBS obtained internal records outlining concerns that fire safety rules at the nuclear power plant were not followed this year.

The California Public Utilities Commission also discussed whether customers should continue to pay for the annual $1 billion cost of running the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant.

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