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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

San Diego Makes Big Stride Toward Government Transparency

San Diego Makes Big Stride Toward Government Transparency

Nov. 1
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
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
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 Thousands From F...

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

July 28
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 Accountable

Teacher Of The Year Urges Gompers’ Community To Be Accountable

May 26
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.

Familiar Faces Vie For Seat On Powerful Port Of San Diego Board

Familiar Faces Vie For Seat On Powerful Port Of San Diego Board

May 25
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The departure of public relations executive Bob Nelson from the Port of San Diego’s board has sparked a rush to fill the spot at the powerful government agency.

Gompers In The Spotlight: Teachers And Students Speak Out

Gompers In The Spotlight: Teachers And Students Speak Out

May 17
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The association tasked with accrediting charter schools confirmed Tuesday it is looking into allegations of grade inflation documented in inewsource’s investigation of San Diego’s Gompers Preparatory Academy.

Data, Teachers' Allegations Undermine Gompers' College-Ready Promise

Data, Teachers' Allegations Undermine Gompers' College-Ready Promise

May 15
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brandon Quester / inewsource

When Vincent Riveroll swings an outsized bell to signal the start of the school day at Gompers Preparatory Academy, the director is sending a powerful message to the students and the community. Our kids are valued. Our kids can do it. Our kids are college bound.

Port’s Tuna Harbor Proposal Disappoints San Diego Fishermen

Port’s Tuna Harbor Proposal Disappoints San Diego Fishermen

April 28
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Commercial fishermen who expected that a proposed redevelopment of the San Diego waterfront would include land set aside solely for their industry found out Thursday that the Port of San Diego may have other ideas.

inewsource Launches New Data Center To Help Public Track San Diego ...

inewsource Launches New Data Center To Help Public Track San Diego Stories

April 24
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brandon Quester

Data is at the heart of inewsource’s work. Now, the newsroom has made it easier and more fun for readers to explore.

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