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Joanne Faryon

Investigative Reporter

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As an investigative reporter, Joanne Faryon works with the team of journalists at inewsource, a nonprofit journalism enterprise embedded in the KPBS newsroom.

Faryon has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist, working in a print, radio and TV. She previously worked in Canada and the U.S., specializing in investigative reporting.

During her time at KPBS, Faryon served as reporter, host, and producer for both TV and radio. Among her many stories and investigations is the 2010 look into the effectiveness of the Whooping Cough vaccine. The series of in-depth features lead the Centers for Disease Control re-examine their reporting and change their guidelines.

Faryon’s work has been honored by the USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism with the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism. The prestigious honor was for the Envision special, “Who’s Supervising San Diego?” – an in-depth look at the County’s Board of Supervisors. Faryon has also received an honorable mention from the National Press Foundation in 2010 for an in-depth look at the state's prison system as part of the Envision series. In addition, Faryon has earned two regional Emmys and several awards from the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. Her Canadian honors include a Manitoba Human Rights award for meritorious service for her investigative work on the Ku Klux Klan and right-wing extremism in Canada.

Joanne has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Winnipeg and a creative communications diploma from Red River College.

Recent Stories

ICE Under Fire For Detaining Too Few Immigrants

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Texas Rep. John Culberson, a Republican, says the federal government is required to hold 34,000 immigrant detainees a day, but the Obama administration disagrees with that interpretation of the law.

U.S. Government Holding Fewer Immigrants In Detention

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Federal authorities are holding fewer immigrants in detention, a reversal in a decade-long upward trend of locking people up who are in the deportation process. The detainees are facing deportation for various reasons, including committing a crime or being in the U.S. illegally.

Exemptions From Vaccines Up Slightly In California Since 1980s

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The reasons parents in California are choosing not to immunize their kids today is partly due to what they find on the Internet, including a study that incorrectly linked vaccines to autism.

Man On Life Support For 15 Years In Coronado Dubbed Sixty-Six Garage

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The name apparently comes from the garage where a van he was in was taken after it crashed near the Mexican border about 100 miles east of San Diego in June 1999.

Wiping Out Diseases With Vaccines Makes Their Horrors A Distant Memory

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Nearly 51,000 California kindergarteners — in both public and private schools— began the 2014-2015 school year lacking one or more recommended vaccinations against diseases.

More Teens Getting Whooping Cough Since Vaccine Change

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A change in the whooping cough vaccine may be contributing to more teens getting the illness.

Could Man Missing For 14 Years Be In Coronado Nursing Home?

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For Yolanda Ibarra Lara, the possibility that her brother, Gilberto Ceron Lara, is alive is a godsend — even if he's being kept alive by life support.

Whistleblower Nurse Awarded Damages In San Diego Hospice Suit

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A registered nurse who was fired from the San Diego Hospice in 2011 alleges staff were encouraged to find creative ways to admit people into care who weren’t eligible.

Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

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Over the weekend and into Monday, the billionaire Koch brothers and supporters converged on the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough

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Most of the people who got whooping cough in San Diego County so far this year were up to date with their immunizations, according to county data.

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