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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

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Controversial UCSD Genital Mutilation Study Keeps Getting Rejected

Sept. 11
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.

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

Aug. 14
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.

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

July 25
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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UCSD Doctor Resigns After inewsource Raised Questions About His China Business Ties

July 8
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

A renowned UCSD eye doctor who is part of a Chinese recruitment program under FBI scrutiny has resigned amid inewsource's questions about his foreign government affiliations and businesses.

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Blood Samples From San Diego Veterans Used In Research Article, Despite Investigation Into Unethical Study

May 30
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

Two prominent doctors associated with the University of California San Diego and the local VA used blood and stool samples taken from sick veterans to bolster a paper published this month in an academic research journal.

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Human Research Violations By UCSD Eye Doctor Showcase A National Problem

April 18
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

Tens of millions of people have volunteered their time and bodies to help create breakthroughs in medicine. You see the results with the pain relievers in your medicine cabinet, the vaccines that protect you from disease, the pacemakers that keep your heart beating and the innovations happening now with stem cells.

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SDSU President Addresses Complaints Over Noxious Fumes, Promises Better Communication

April 4
By Brad Racino / inewsource

More than 75 faculty members, staff and students at San Diego State University packed an open forum Wednesday to demand answers of campus leadership about noxious odors that have sickened many since January.

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County Sends Violation Notices To SDSU, Contractors Over Noxious Odors

April 3
By Brad Racino / inewsource

San Diego County issued violation notices Friday to San Diego State University and its contractors for releasing volatile chemicals that students and faculty said caused nausea, headaches and nosebleeds.

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Report: San Diego VA Took Liver Samples From Veterans Without Their Consent

Feb. 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

An internal report from the San Diego VA obtained by inewsource reveals liver samples were taken from sick veterans without their permission for a study that provided no benefit to the patients.

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Congress To Hold Hearing On Allegations Of Dangerous Human Research At San Diego VA

Feb. 1
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

A federal report describes one San Diego VA patient returning from a procedure “oozing with blood” and in need of an emergency transfusion.

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