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Joe Hong

Education Reporter

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Joe Hong has spent the past two years covering education for national and local publications. Most recently, he covered three school districts for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. He has written about school finance, negligence in special education, and school board misconduct. Previously, he covered equity issues and historically black colleges and universities for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine based in Fairfax, Virginia.

Before a career in journalism, he was pursuing a doctorate in comparative literature at Rutgers University. He pivoted to journalism in 2016 and earned a master's degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2017, specializing in investigative reporting. In September 2019, he completed The Data Institute, a two-week workshop for journalists of color taught by ProPublica in collaboration with the Ida B. Wells Society.

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San Diego mayoral candidates Cory Briggs, Peter...

Three Candidates Face Off For San Diego City Attorney

Jan. 23
By Joe Hong

Transparency advocate Cory Briggs and Peter Mesich, a former deputy city attorney, are challenging incumbent Mara Elliott in the March primary.

Dylan Hernandez in an undated photo uploaded to...

SDSU Student Autopsy Report Released, Safety Task Force Announces New Rules

Jan. 24
By Joe Hong

The Medical Examiner's report found alcohol and cannabis in his system at the time of his death.

Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld met...

Republican Challenging Trump Visits San Diego, Meets With African American Leaders

Jan. 24
By Joe Hong

The former Massachusetts governor held a roundtable meeting at Bowlegged Barbecue in Southeast San Diego to discuss everything from homelessness to criminal justice reform.

Construction at Hoover High School on El Cajon ...

Proposition 13 Would Issue $15 Billion In Bonds For School Renovations

Jan. 22
By Joe Hong

The $15 billion statewide bond would fund facility improvements for schools and colleges across the state, prioritizing the neediest schools with the most serious safety concerns. But these benefits come at a cost for taxpayers.

Dylan Hernandez in an undated photo uploaded to...

New Details Emerge On Investigation Of SDSU Student's Death

Jan. 20
By Joe Hong

A report from the San Diego Union-Tribune found that the police did not interview key potential witnesses to the death of Dylan Hernandez.

Students in the Neighborhood House Associations...

San Diego Preschools Will Benefit From Proposed State Budget

Jan. 17
By Joe Hong

San Diego preschools and child care centers have big expansion plans thanks to a surge in funding for early childhood education.

Residents of Broadway Heights celebrated Martin...

Broadway Heights Community Celebrates MLK's 91st Birthday

Jan. 15
By Joe Hong

The Broadway Heights community wants younger generation to continue Martin Luther King's fight for freedom.

Preschool students at the Jeff and Deni Jacobs ...

Supporting Working Parents Can Boost Economy, Pair Of Studies Find

Jan. 13
By City News Service, Joe Hong

Two new reports found that child care options can be scarce for working parents in San Diego County. The good news is most employers want to help.

Rancho Bernardo High School on Jan. 8, 2019.

Poway School District Hopes To Repair Classrooms And Reputation With $448 Million Bond

Jan. 10
By Joe Hong

Ten years after the district passed a $105 million bond that ended up costing nearly $1 billion, new leadership is urging the community to renovate aging facilities.

Volunteers prepare to serve food for the Christ...

Father Joe's Villages Serves Up Traditional Holiday Meal For Those Less Fortunate

Dec. 24, 2019
By Joe Hong

Father Joe's Villages hosted a Christmas Eve meal service Tuesday for people who are homeless.

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Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

Santa Ana Winds, Warmer Temperatures Expected In San Diego County

Jan. 6
By City News Service

Gusty winds are expected in San Diego County Monday and could prove hazardous for high-profile vehicles traveling through mountains passes, according to the National Weather Service.