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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...

San Diego VA Offers Conflicting, Untrue Statements About Drug Treatment For Suicidal Vets

June 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource

More suicidal and depressed veterans are coming forward to share their anger and desperation over the San Diego VA’s decision to take them off a drug treatment they say helped them.

Army veteran AJ Williams of El Cajon becomes em...

House Panel Investigates San Diego VA Decision To Stop Treatment That Helps Suicidal Vets

June 17
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Following an inewsource report that the VA San Diego Healthcare System has stopped paying for a drug treatment that helps suicidal veterans, a panel of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has begun investigating the decision.

Navy veteran Larry McMinn relaxes before receiv...

'A Train Wreck In Slow Motion': San Diego VA Takes Suicidal Vets Off Treatment

June 4
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Ketamine has shown promise in derailing suicidal thoughts among patients resistant to other treatments. The San Diego VA has started pulling veterans off the drug to treat them instead with a controversial nasal spray promoted by President Trump.

Respiratory therapist Gus Naranjo, left, adjust...

Health Experts, Residents Worry South Bay Not Ready To Reopen As COVID-19 Worsens

May 11
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is the epicenter of the COVID-19 fight in San Diego County. The hospital is caring for more coronavirus patients than anywhere else in the county.

Walter Egger reads a newspaper in the common ar...

Where Are The Region’s Population Clusters With Highest Risk Of COVID-19 Complications?

April 2
By Brad Racino / inewsource

As novel coronavirus cases rise in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that certain populations are at higher risk of developing severe illness if they contract the respiratory virus.

David Haworth looks into the supply hold of one...

Economics Of Coronavirus Slam California’s Commercial Fishermen, Including In San Diego

March 25
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Zoë Meyers / inewsource

Coronavirus isn’t the first thing to test the fortitude of San Diego’s commercial fishermen.

A photo illustration shows UCSD Dr. Kevin Murph...

The Navy SEAL And His Doctor: An Experimental Brain Treatment Blows Up Two Lives

Feb. 12
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

inewsource spent more than 13 hours interviewing Dr. Kevin Murphy over several days to understand his history with Navy SEAL Johnathan Surmont and the basis behind his sweeping statements regarding PrTMS. In the end, much of what he said crumbled when confronted by facts.

This photograph from Oct. 15, 2007, shows a Maa...

Controversial UCSD Genital Mutilation Study Keeps Getting Rejected

Sept. 11, 2019
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

For years, a distinguished UC San Diego economist has wanted to stop young girls in Kenya from undergoing genital mutilation by offering them and their families money toward education.

The UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translatio...

A UCSD Whistleblower Alleges Problems With University’s Human Research Protections Program

Aug. 14, 2019
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

A UCSD whistleblower claims the research university is putting thousands of research subjects at risk each year because it’s not following basic rules and values money over safety.

This undated illustration shows an eye and a pe...

Eye Experts Around The World Question Experiment On Babies In China Involving UCSD Researchers

July 25, 2019
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

Twenty-one researchers from the University of California San Diego were involved in a study performed on babies in China that has been called unethical, risky and misleading. Experts say the experiment likely would not have passed an ethics review in the United States.

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