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Jacob Aere

Freelance Reporter and Web Producer

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Jacob Aere reports on many beats including health, politics, sports, arts and culture and breaking news.

While born in Vancouver, Canada, Jacob grew up in San Diego and is bilingual in English and Spanish. He is a graduate from the University of British Columbia and uses his educational background to incorporate data visualizations into news stories.

Jacob is also an adept play-by-play broadcaster and radio host and his work has been recognized for multiple San Diego Press Club awards in politics and sports.

Recent Stories by Jacob Aere

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San Diego's Tourism Industry Has Long Road To Recovery, With Latinx Workers Hurting Most

May 12
By Jacob Aere

The COVID-19 pandemic took a major toll on the region's tourism industry. And a recent report shows that half of the job losses among Latinx workers were suffered by those in the tourism sector.

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Border Patrol Investigating Body Found On Beach In Encinitas

May 4
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

Border Patrol agents and investigators from the San Diego Fire-Rescue team were at Stonesteps Beach on Tuesday looking for evidence related to a man's body that was found on the beach.

Plants burn from the Southern Fire in the Shelt...

Southern Fire 90% Contained As California Braces For Another Active Wildfire Season

May 3
By Jacob Aere

Firefighters are continuing to battle a brush fire east of Julian that broke out over the weekend.

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Man Who Was Fatally Shot By Police In Escondido Is Identified

April 27
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

Authorities Tuesday publicly identified a homeless man who allegedly approached Escondido police officer last week with a 2-foot-long crowbar, prompting the officer to fatally shoot him.

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More Than Half Of Eligible San Diegans Receive First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

April 26
By Jacob Aere

Over 50% of San Diego County’s eligible adult population has now received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but there are still obstacles on the road to herd immunity.

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San Diegans Clean Up State Beaches On Earth Day

April 22
By Jacob Aere

To mark the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, some San Diego County organizations have been cleaning up state beaches and parks in coastal areas.

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Carlsbad Banks On Legoland Reopening To Boost The Economy

April 16
By Jacob Aere

With the reopening of Legoland, there is hope that tourists coming to the amusement park will boost businesses across Carlsbad.

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Legoland California Reopens After 13-Month Closure

April 15
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

Following two weeks of a limited reopening, Legoland California officially reopened Thursday, allowing access to Sea Life aquarium, Lego Chima Water Park and some of the park's more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.

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Padres Pitcher Joe Musgrove Is Celebrated In Mural At Alma Mater Grossmont High School

April 14
By Jacob Aere

San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove is now enshrined in art form at the San Diego county high school where he played baseball.

Juan Carlos Padilla gets his COVID-19 vaccinati...

San Diego County Nearing 25% Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

April 9
By Jacob Aere

With California set to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on April 15, San Diego's supply is partially stunted by national shortages.

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Mayor Signs Exec Order Allowing Gyms, Churches, Salons To Expand Outdoors

July 20, 2020
By City News Service

The order comes a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all indoor operations would be shuttered at a wide variety of recently reopened businesses due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.