Contributor through February 2013
Kevin Crowe served as an investigative reporter and database specialist for Investigative Newsource, a nonprofit journalism enterprise embedded in the KPBS newsroom. Together they produce investigations and data analysis.
Prior to joining Newsource, Crowe worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reporting on campaign finance and donation limits, phantom real estate buyers, school test scores and local government spending. Kevin helped expose enormous differences in how states – and counties – investigate mysterious infant deaths for the award-winning series “Saving Babies” while at Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.
A native of Missouri, Kevin spends much of his free time in the great outdoors, mostly in the pursuit of big bass. He is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Recent Stories by Kevin Crowe
In California, school districts borrow from one account to pay back another while they wait for payments the state is obligated to provide.
Poway’s superintendent, John Collins, talks about Poway Unified’s use of Mello-Roos fees to build new, top-flight schools.
A lot of those voters were in neighborhoods such as La Jolla, Bay Park, Bay Ho, North Clairemont and University City south of UCSD.
Some San Diego homeowners are willing to pay hundreds of dollars extra in property taxes every month for newer and better-equipped public schools.
If all politics is local, all fundraising isn’t. Councilman Carl DeMaio headed north to Orange County last week to raise money for his mayoral campaign in San Diego.
Two years after a KPBS/Investigative Newsource investigation posed serious questions about how well the whooping cough vaccine works, new research confirms the vaccine is failing at a higher rate than expected. Troubling news as the country is on track to experience its worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. Health officials are looking at recommending a seventh dose of vaccine to control the outbreak.
Councilman Carl DeMaio outspent and outraised Congressman Bob Filner in the primary election for San Diego mayor, but pro-Filner forces are lining up to make the runoff in November competitive and expensive.
Although expulsion and suspension rates overall are falling across San Diego County, middle schools are the exception. Their suspension rates are holding steady. Experts say this is no surprise. As children grow into adulthood, challenging authority and breaking the rules are part of the transition.
Bob Filner definitely got the most bang for his buck in Tuesday’s primary. The Democrat congressman spent just $8.75 per vote to make it into the general election for mayor of San Diego against Republican councilman Carl DeMaio.
On Tuesday's ballot, voters will choose whether to approve two propositions involving city labor agreements and workers' pensions.