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Brooke Williams

Contributor through August 2012

Brooke Williams is an investigative reporter for Investigative Newsource, a nonprofit journalistic enterprise embedded within the KPBS newsroom. Together they produce investigations and data analysis.

Williams has practiced investigative journalism on both coasts. Prior to the opening of the institute, Williams was a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, where she covered Indian gambling and investigated finances at the city of San Diego, which was facing a near-bankruptcy crisis.

In 2005, Williams was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and won a Freedom of Information award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for an investigation into the city’s land holdings. In 2009, she won first place for investigative reporting and “best in show” awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists for a series of stories that led the federal government to launch a criminal investigation into two companies that hauled away debris after the devastating wildfires of 2007.

Prior to working for the Union-Tribune, Williams was a writer for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization in Washington, D.C. She wrote a chapter in the “Buying of the President,” a national bestseller, and worked on “Windfalls of War,” an investigation of defense contracts, which won a George Polk Award.

Williams graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2001. She enjoys modern dance and ballet and practices yoga.

Recent Stories by Brooke Williams

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DeMaio’s Office Says No Record Of Communication With Lynch, Manchester

Sept. 28, 2012
By Brooke Williams / inewsource

City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio says he hasn't communicated with U-T San Diego’s publisher Doug Manchester or CEO John Lynch about anything.

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Port Commissioner Claims U-T CEO Threatened Him; CEO Says Not True

Sept. 27, 2012
By Amita Sharma, Brooke Williams / inewsource

The CEO of U-T San Diego Thursday denied sending a threatening email to a port commissioner running for Congress, suggesting the email had been doctored and “somebody could go to jail” for sending it.

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San Diego Media Powerhouse Flexes Political Muscles

Sept. 26, 2012
By Brooke Williams / inewsource

What does U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester have to gain from a new Chargers stadium at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal? A KPBS/I-Newsource Investigation.

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