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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

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Earthquake Safety: Touring A Few Of San Diego’s Most Iconic Buildings

June 11
By Brad Racino / inewsource

It doesn’t take much to draw Pat Abbott out of semi-retirement. The San Diego geologist has a flair for explaining complicated seismic topics and an overwhelming interest in earthquake safety.

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San Diego’s Downtown Earthquake Fault, Kept Quiet For Years, Now Surfaces

May 2
By Brad Racino / inewsource

San Diego government agencies discovered an active earthquake fault nearly 10 years ago on the downtown waterfront, yet they didn’t alert the public.

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Investigations Continue Into HiCaliber Horse Rescue Despite Closing Announcement

April 24
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Local and state agencies are continuing their investigations into HiCaliber Horse Rescue, despite an announcement over the weekend that the Valley Center nonprofit is closing.

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HiCaliber Horse Rescue Shutting Down Amid Investigations

April 23
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Nicole Tyau / inewsource

HiCaliber Horse Rescue, a Valley Center nonprofit at the center of an inewsource investigation and multiple government investigations over allegations of fraud, animal abuse and improper veterinary practices, is closing, according to a Facebook post on Saturday.

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HiCaliber Horse Rescue Back To Fundraising After Filing Financial Paperwork

April 18
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The action comes about a month after the Attorney General’s Office prohibited HiCaliber from soliciting donations because it hadn’t submitted 2016 paperwork.

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Fourth HiCaliber Horse Rescue Board Member Never Saw Financials

March 28
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Another former board member of HiCaliber Horse Rescue has come forward to tell inewsource she never saw financial paperwork or detailed receipts while helping to oversee the Valley Center nonprofit. The horse rescue is at the center of multiple local and state investigations involving fraud, animal abuse and improper veterinary practices.

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Briggs Law Corp. Loses Supreme Court Appeal Over Wal-Mart Opinion

March 27
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The state Supreme Court has denied a request by San Diego attorney Cory Briggs and his nonprofit client, CREED-21, to unpublish a precedent-setting opinion involving the California Environmental Quality Act and a Wal-Mart project in Riverside County.

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Eyeballs, Del Mar And Manure: More On HiCaliber Horse Rescue

March 22
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The investigation inewsource began last month into HiCaliber Horse Rescue involved dozens of interviews and hundreds of pages of public records. Some of the material uncovered provides additional insights into how the Valley Center nonprofit operates.

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HiCaliber Donor Funds Used For Mobile Phone Spying, Weight Watchers; Documents Shared With District Attorney

March 15
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Michelle Knuttila, the founder of the nonprofit HiCaliber Horse Rescue, spent thousands of donor dollars intended for rescuing and rehabilitating horses on late-night fast-food and bar tabs, mobile phone spy technology, Weight Watchers and other purchases from October 2013 to March 2015, according to financial documents provided to inewsource.

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HiCaliber Horse Volunteers Say Disease Outbreak At Valley Center Ranch Not Disclosed

March 8
By Brad Racino / inewsource

An active outbreak of a highly contagious equine disease called strangles has occurred on the HiCaliber Horse Rescue ranch in Valley Center and is not being disclosed to anyone on the outside, including people who have adopted horses from the nonprofit over the past few months, five former HiCaliber volunteers told inewsource.

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