Honest, Irreverent and Engaging

The Spirit Behind The Voice

one-voice-cindy-marten-0013 Voice of San Diego is a member-based nonprofit investigative news organization that gives concerned citizens the tools they need to engage in important conversations about their community. We are unlike any news outlet in San Diego because we dig deeper to uncover the truth and devote the time necessary to turn the chaos of news into a story people can access and understand.

Our reporting might look a little different. Check out our new reporter guidelines to get an idea of what we’re all about.

We believe concerned citizens are the true Voice of San Diego and it’s their collective voice we represent in our honest and irreverent approach to reporting. We are building a community of educated San Diegans who dare to ask tough questions and demand answers. Join our community and Raise Your Voice by becoming a member today. Find out more now.

Our Funding

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are fully funded by individual donors, major charitable gifts, foundations and community partnerships. We depend on these contributions to continue our mission. Our most recent 990 can be viewed here. The donors, sponsors, grantmakers, partners, board members and thousands of individuals who support this service financially do not influence day-to-day coverage, stories or investigations. The board of directors sets the operation’s budget, determines the CEO and keeps the organization focused on its mission to do investigative journalism and help residents get the information they need to become advocates for good government and social progress. The staff and board continually review priorities and broad areas of editorial focus. On this page is an updated list of our donors, our most recent financial statements and our contact information. We are building a community of educated San Diegans who dare to ask tough questions and demand answers. Join our community and Raise Your Voice by becoming a member today.

Our Mission

To consistently deliver ground-breaking investigative journalism for the San Diego region. To increase civic participation by giving residents the knowledge and in-depth analysis necessary to become advocates for good government and social progress.

Our Approach to News

Voice of San Diego doesn’t cover every news story in San Diego. You won’t find breaking news like car chases and house fires on our website. We know other news outlets in town have that covered. Our mission is to tell the stories no one is telling or to tell them in a way that’s not being told. We also believe that, most of the time, you can’t tell complex stories in one day. That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to in-depth, investigative reporting that provides an ongoing narrative. The narrative has become our signature reporting style because it allows us to follow stories like the crisis at San Diego schools, the skyrocketing cost of affordable housing and the city’s pension problems as long as necessary. While our reporters have beats they typically cover like Politics, Education, Economy and Arts, they are not defined by these beats. They have the freedom to follow their narratives wherever they lead.

We’re Hiring

Voice of San Diego is hiring an investigative land use reporter. Check out the requirements here.

Got a Freelance Story to Pitch?

We love to hear from local journalists with ideas brewing. If you have one that fits into our scope of coverage, shoot Managing Editor Sara Libby a note: sara.libby@voiceofsandiego.org.

Want to Intern for Us?

We make a point of offering a worthwhile internship to college journalism students interested in real newsroom experience. You’ll tackle a narrative of your own while contributing regularly to our online content. You won’t be making copies or getting us coffee. Plus, we pay. Interested? Email Deputy Editor Catherine Green: catherine.green@voiceofsandiego.org.


In 2004, when the Union-Tribune unceremoniously dismissed longtime columnist and editor Neil Morgan, he and entrepreneur Buzz Woolley decided to launch a digital news effort. They felt the region desperately needed more reporting, analysis and journalistic competition. Voice of San Diego was born from that vision.

Image - Neil Morgan Neil Morgan Neil was the author of 12 books including “Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel” (with Judith Morgan), and “Westward Tilt.” As a journalist, his decades of prodding regional efforts have helped to make San Diego a center of higher education and scientific research. Neil passed away in February, 2014. The Neil Morgan Fund for Investigative Reporting was created in his honor.
Image - Buzz Woolley Buzz Woolley Buzz Woolley is a retired venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is President of Girard Foundation which has provided funding for K-12 education projects in San Diego County since 1986.

Board of Directors

Image - Blair Blum Blair Blum Blair is VOSD’s newest board member. Blair also serves on the boards of the National Conflict Resolution Center and the Point Loma Garden Club. From 2005-2011 Blair served as senior vice president, external relations, at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute; she is currently a fundraising consultant.
Image - Reid Carr Reid Carr Reid Carr is the President & CEO of Red Door Interactive. Named a Top Small Company Workplace by Inc Magazine, Red Door works with clients such as Petco, Cricket Wireless and Rubio’s. In 2011, iMedia Connection named Reid one of the 25 Hottest Digital Marketers. His civic involvement includes membership in Rotary International’s Club 33 and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a 2010 graduate of INFLUENCE San Diego.
Image - Eugene Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell Mitch Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. Based in Sacramento, Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities.
Image - Bob Page Bob Page Bob owns a media management company which is actively engaged in newspaper and magazine consulting. Prior to forming his own company, he owned three community newspapers in suburban San Diego. He is a former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Boston Herald. In 20 years with United Press International, he rose through the ranks to become executive vice president and general manager.
Image - Buzz Woolley Buzz Woolley, Chairman Buzz Woolley is a retired venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is President of Girard Foundation which has provided funding for K-12 education projects in San Diego County since 1986.

Staff Directory

  • Scott Lewis, Editor in Chief
  • Email: scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.325.0527 (office) or 619.701.6664 (cell)
  • Scott oversees Voice of San Diego’s operations, its website and daily functions. He also writes about local politics, where he frequently breaks news and goes back and forth with local political figures.
Vice President
  • Mary Walter-Brown, Publisher and COO
  • Email: mary@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.550.5673 (office) or 619.208.7510 (cell)
  • Mary oversees VOSD’s operations and revenue focusing on raising awareness, building a strong community of members and developing innovative new products and engagement experiences.
Emily Tillson
  • Emily Tillson, Director of Corporate Development
  • Email: emily.tillson@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.550.5664 (office) or 513.257.9725 (cell)
  • Emily is responsible for generating revenue by building relationships and securing partnerships with corporate sponsors, underwriters and major donors. Emily brings 20 years’ experience in customer service, sales and management. She is an established team player with the ability to develop and cultivate long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.
Managing Editor
  • Sara Libby, Managing Editor
  • Email: sara.libby@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.325.0526
  • Sara is VOSD’s managing editor. She oversees VOSD’s newsroom and its content. Have a question about Voice of San Diego or one of its stories? Give her a call.
Engagement Editor
  • Catherine Green, Deputy Editor
  • Email: catherine.green@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.550.5668
  • Catherine is VOSD’s deputy editor. She handles daily operations, while helping to plan new long-term projects for the news organization as a whole.
Senior Reporter
Staff Writer
Staff Writer
  • Andrew Keatts, Staff Writer
  • Email: andrew.keatts@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.325.0529
  • Andrew sees land use coverage as a way to make sense of the complex land-use decisions governments make while explaining how those decisions affect the daily lives of San Diegans.
Staff Writer
  • Mario Koran, Staff Writer
  • Email: mario@vosd.org
  • Phone: 619.325.0531
  • Mario reports on hospitals, nonprofits and educational institutions, digging into their impact on the greater San Diego community.
Paula Moore, Membership
  • Paula Moore, Membership and Events Manager
  • Email: paula.moore@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.550.5670
  • Paula manages the member community and oversees planning our regular events.
Sofie Casillas, Development Specialist
  • Sofie Casillas, Development Specialist
  • Email: sofie.casillas@voiceofsandiego.org
  • Phone: 619.550.5666
  • Sofie assists our development team, including managing relationships and writing promotional stories for our Partner Voices initiative.



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