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Joanne Faryon

Investigative Reporter - Contributor through November 2015

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As an investigative reporter, Joanne Faryon worked with the team of journalists at inewsource, a nonprofit journalism enterprise embedded in the KPBS newsroom.

Faryon has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist, working in a print, radio and TV. She previously worked in Canada and the U.S., specializing in investigative reporting.

During her time at KPBS, Faryon served as reporter, host, and producer for both TV and radio. Among her many stories and investigations is the 2010 look into the effectiveness of the Whooping Cough vaccine. The series of in-depth features lead the Centers for Disease Control re-examine their reporting and change their guidelines.

Faryon’s work has been honored by the USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism with the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism. The prestigious honor was for the Envision special, “Who’s Supervising San Diego?” – an in-depth look at the County’s Board of Supervisors. Faryon has also received an honorable mention from the National Press Foundation in 2010 for an in-depth look at the state's prison system as part of the Envision series. In addition, Faryon has earned two regional Emmys and several awards from the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. Her Canadian honors include a Manitoba Human Rights award for meritorious service for her investigative work on the Ku Klux Klan and right-wing extremism in Canada.

Joanne has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Winnipeg and a creative communications diploma from Red River College.

Recent Stories by Joanne Faryon

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Research Uses Music To Reach People With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Jan. 10, 2018
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Steven Nelson had decided he wanted to be a nurse. He had spent his teens in trouble and his early 20s in prison. Finally, in his mid-30s, with a steady job as a receptionist in an urgent care and five kids to support, he believed he had found his calling.

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San Diego Hospice: The End Of A Journey

Sept. 15, 2017
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

It has been a long goodbye for San Diego Hospice, an institution that helped people die with dignity and without pain. When Scripps Health announced last month it was getting out of the hospice business, it was the final chapter in a four-year saga to preserve the venerable institution.

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Apartment Developer Buys Hallowed San Diego Hospice Site

April 21, 2017
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The former San Diego Hospice campus on Third Avenue in Hillcrest has been sold for $20 million to a Houston developer, Camden, USA Inc. Camden has a large apartment complex in Chula Vista.

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ID Of Man On Life Support At Coronado Facility Remains Elusive

Oct. 29, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Nursing home staff wants to identity the man who has been on life support for 15 years so he can be reunited with his family. He's been dubbed 66 Garage.

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Effort To ID John Doe On Life Support In San Diego County May Pay Off

Sept. 18, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

An unlikely alliance of elected officials, border enforcement, the Mexican Consulate and others have banded together to find the true identity of a John Doe on life support.

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More Families Hope Man On Life Support For 15 Years Is Their Lost Loved One

May 4, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Sixty-Six Garage, the random name he was given when he arrived at the UCSD Trauma Center in San Diego in 1999, is a John Doe who has been kept alive with machines since the vehicle he was traveling in crashed near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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ICE Under Fire For Detaining Too Few Immigrants

April 17, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Texas Rep. John Culberson, a Republican, says the federal government is required to hold 34,000 immigrant detainees a day, but the Obama administration disagrees with that interpretation of the law.

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U.S. Government Holding Fewer Immigrants In Detention

April 6, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Federal authorities are holding fewer immigrants in detention, a reversal in a decade-long upward trend of locking people up who are in the deportation process. The detainees are facing deportation for various reasons, including committing a crime or being in the U.S. illegally.

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Exemptions From Vaccines Up Slightly In California Since 1980s

March 2, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The reasons parents in California are choosing not to immunize their kids today is partly due to what they find on the Internet, including a study that incorrectly linked vaccines to autism.

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Man On Life Support For 15 Years In Coronado Dubbed Sixty-Six Garage

Feb. 20, 2015
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The name apparently comes from the garage where a van he was in was taken after it crashed near the Mexican border about 100 miles east of San Diego in June 1999.

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