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Brad Racino

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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

Air Force veteran Tom Johan is shown at his hom...

A Recap Of Inewsource’s 2020 Investigations Into Mental Health Care Problems Affecting Veterans

Dec. 31, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource

From experimental brain treatments to ketamine therapy, our partners at inewsource have shined a light on what San Diego County veterans have overcome this year

Army veteran Joel Andrews is one of more than a...

More San Diego Vets Say They Are Having Trouble Accessing VA Mental Health Care

Nov. 25, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource

More veterans and therapists are coming forward following an investigation into San Diego VA mental health care.

April Koeberle, a veteran who uses the VA's men...

Outrage Among Therapists And Veterans Over San Diego VA Mental Health Care

Nov. 18, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Amid a worsening pandemic, the San Diego VA is making access to mental health care harder for local veterans, outraging therapists who say the agency’s actions are dangerous and irresponsible.

The Corcoran State Prison is shown in this unda...

UCSD Squashes Attempts To Tell State Prisoners About Privacy Breach

Oct. 27, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Our partners at inewsource say a UCSD review board wanted to tell the prisoners their privacy had been breached, but University of California lawyers said no.

Navy veteran Larry McMinn is pictured at the Ka...

Veterans Voices: Navy Vet’s ‘Unbearable’ Situation With The San Diego VA

Sept. 10, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Zoë Meyers / inewsource

Navy veteran Larry McMinn shares how ketamine treatments affect his depression and what it’s like to fight for health care under the VA.

Army veteran AJ Williams does her hair before l...

Veterans Voices: Army Veteran AJ Williams Tells Of Struggle With Depression

Aug. 18, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource

inewsource’s Veterans Voices series features first-person accounts from veterans suffering from depression who are being taken off an effective drug treatment by the San Diego VA. This post was written by Army veteran AJ Williams and lightly edited by inewsource.

Dr. Kevin Murphy, an oncologist and founder of ...

Investigation Of Prominent UCSD Doctor Finds Multiple Violations Of University Rules

Aug. 17, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

A UC San Diego doctor — who was the centerpiece of an inewsource investigation this year — violated a litany of university policies while developing and researching his experimental brain treatment, according to a recently concluded UCSD and UC Office of the President inquiry.

Army veteran Joel Andrews is shown outside of h...

Veterans Voices: Army Vet Joel Andrews' Fight With Depression

Aug. 10, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource

inewsource’s Veterans Voices series features first-person accounts from veterans suffering from depression who are being taken off an effective drug treatment by the San Diego VA. This post was written by Army veteran Joel Andrews and lightly edited by inewsource:

Marine veteran Kiaya Bender is shown at his hom...

Veterans Voices: San Diego County Veterans Share Their Healthcare Struggles

Aug. 5, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Zoë Meyers / inewsource

The San Diego VA has for years referred veterans suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts for ketamine treatment. Despite the treatment's success, the VA is ending the program and switching patients to a different drug treatment.

The Shiley Eye Institute, which houses the UC S...

Audits Find Repeat Problems At UC San Diego’s Shiley Eye Institute

July 13, 2020
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

Two internal audits found fault with the Shiley Eye Institute’s spending, research awards, clinical operations, inventory maintenance and policies about staff activities outside of the office.

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