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Brad Racino

Multimedia-Based Investigative Reporter

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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

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San Diego Airport Authority Possibly Violated Open Meeting Law In Suing Port

Aug. 6
By Brad Racino / inewsource

When the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority decided in July to join an ongoing lawsuit against the San Diego Unified Port District, it may have violated the state’s open meeting law.

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San Diego Business Transparency Measure To Go On November Ballot

Aug. 1
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to put an amendment before voters on Section 225 of the City Charter – a vaguely worded and long-ignored transparency law requiring anyone doing business with the city to disclose their identities.

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San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Sued For Sexual Harassment Records

July 27
By Brad Racino / inewsource

An open-government advocacy group sued the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office on Friday for records of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations within the department.

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Critics Accuse HiCaliber Of Questionable Fundraising Campaign Built Around A Dead Horse

July 13
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Despite statements from the founder of HiCaliber Horse Rescue that the Valley Center nonprofit is closing, it continues to take in animals and was accused by critics this week of misleading fundraising campaigns, including one built around a dead horse.

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HiCaliber Horse Rescue Set To Close Saturday As Investigations Of Nonprofit Continue

June 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource

State and local agencies are continuing to investigate allegations of fraud and improper veterinary practices at HiCaliber Horse Rescue as the Valley Center nonprofit approaches its voluntary closing date Saturday.

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Earthquake Safety: Touring A Few Of San Diego’s Most Iconic Buildings

June 11
By Brad Racino / inewsource

It doesn’t take much to draw Pat Abbott out of semi-retirement. The San Diego geologist has a flair for explaining complicated seismic topics and an overwhelming interest in earthquake safety.

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San Diego’s Downtown Earthquake Fault, Kept Quiet For Years, Now Surfaces

May 2
By Brad Racino / inewsource

San Diego government agencies discovered an active earthquake fault nearly 10 years ago on the downtown waterfront, yet they didn’t alert the public.

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Investigations Continue Into HiCaliber Horse Rescue Despite Closing Announcement

April 24
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Local and state agencies are continuing their investigations into HiCaliber Horse Rescue, despite an announcement over the weekend that the Valley Center nonprofit is closing.

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HiCaliber Horse Rescue Shutting Down Amid Investigations

April 23
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Nicole Tyau / inewsource

HiCaliber Horse Rescue, a Valley Center nonprofit at the center of an inewsource investigation and multiple government investigations over allegations of fraud, animal abuse and improper veterinary practices, is closing, according to a Facebook post on Saturday.

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HiCaliber Horse Rescue Back To Fundraising After Filing Financial Paperwork

April 18
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The action comes about a month after the Attorney General’s Office prohibited HiCaliber from soliciting donations because it hadn’t submitted 2016 paperwork.

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