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Brad Racino

Multimedia-Based Investigative Reporter

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Brad 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.

Recent Stories by Brad Racino

Sanction Involving San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs Creates...

Sanction Involving San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs Creates Legal Precedent In California

Dec. 28, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

A state appeals court has affirmed punishing sanctions in a lawsuit involving local environmental attorney Cory Briggs for failing to obey court orders. The decision ends a lawsuit Briggs filed on behalf of a nonprofit against a Wal-Mart in Riverside County and establishes legal precedent.

Developer Addressing Methane Problem At Otay Ranch Housin...

Developer Addressing Methane Problem At Otay Ranch Housing Project

Dec. 21, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brandon Quester / inewsource

The Otay Water District has reached a resolution with HomeFed to install water meters at the developer’s 450-acre Escaya community in Otay Ranch.

Remedial Classes: A Community College ‘Segregation Machine’

Remedial Classes: A Community College ‘Segregation Machine’

Dec. 14, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Meredith Kolodner/The Hechinger Report

Hundreds of thousands of community college students are placed in remedial classes every year, and few get past them, especially black and Latino students.

 Methane Found At Multimillion-Dollar Escaya Housing Proj...

Methane Found At Multimillion-Dollar Escaya Housing Project In Otay Ranch

Dec. 11, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Methane and volatile chemicals such as benzene have been discovered underground at a yet-to-be completed Otay Ranch project that is marketed as one of the largest planned housing developments in the U.S.

New Law In San Diego Firms Up Government Transparency

New Law In San Diego Firms Up Government Transparency

Dec. 5, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Monday to fix a vaguely worded law requiring anyone doing business with the city to disclose their identities.

San Diego Makes Big Stride Toward Government Transparency

San Diego Makes Big Stride Toward Government Transparency

Nov. 1, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

After more than a year of inewsource stories on the topic, the San Diego Rules Committee on Wednesday firmed up a vague law called Section 225 that mandates everyone doing business with the city disclose the financial interests behind the deal.

Gompers Investigation Prompts Ambitious Search For Graduates

Gompers Investigation Prompts Ambitious Search For Graduates

Oct. 23, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

inewsource weaves together news with a behind-the-scenes look at how they investigated the Gompers Preparatory Academy.

San Diego Contracts, Business Deals Closer To Transparency

San Diego Contracts, Business Deals Closer To Transparency

Oct. 3, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The City Council and Mayor’s Office are working to fix a vague but important law meant to make business between local government and private companies more transparent.

North County Bus Drivers, Mechanics Allegedly Owed Thousa...

North County Bus Drivers, Mechanics Allegedly Owed Thousands From First Transit

July 28, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Bus drivers and mechanics for San Diego’s North County Transit District allege they are owed thousands of dollars in accrued vacation, sick and personal time from First Transit, a national company that operated NCTD’s bus service for the past seven years under a $178 million contract.

Teacher Of The Year Urges Gompers’ Community To Be Accoun...

Teacher Of The Year Urges Gompers’ Community To Be Accountable

May 26, 2017
By Brad Racino / inewsource

More than 25 teachers and students have come forward to talk about allegations of grade inflation and unrealistic academic expectations detailed by inewsource last week in an investigation of Gompers Preparatory Academy.

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