The Story Behind the Voice

Founded in 2005, Voice of San Diego was the first all-digital nonprofit news organization in the country. Its founders, longtime columnist and editor Neil Morgan and entrepreneur Buzz Woolley, felt the region desperately needed more reporting, analysis and journalistic competition.

VOSD made a name for itself by producing hard-hitting investigative reports along with civic engagement opportunities that gave San Diego residents a new platform to discuss and debate the issues that impact their quality of life.

Fast forward 10 years and VOSD is widely regarded as a pioneer in the nonprofit news industry that has built a sustainable business model based on the support of individual members, sponsors and the investment of local and national foundations.

Our approach is a little different than traditional newsrooms. Check out our reporter guidelines to get a sense of our reporting style.

Most important, VOSD gives concerned residents the tools to engage in important conversations about their community. We are building a community of educated San Diegans who dare to ask tough questions and demand answers. Raise your voice by becoming a member today. Find out more now.

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 Funding
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are fully funded by individual members, 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. 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.

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Interested in supporting Voice of San Diego? Learn about about funding options including sponsorships and underwriting.

 


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VOSD Content Sharing Policy
Voice of San Diego openly shares its staff-produced content with community organizations and publications. But there are some restrictions. Check out our guidelines.

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.

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.

Meet Our Staff

CEO

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Senior Reporter

Liam Dillon, Senior Reporter and Assistant Editor
Email: liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org
Phone: 619.550.5663
Liam leads Voice of San Diego’s investigations. He writes about the ways regular people interact with local government.
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Staff Writer

Lisa Halverstadt, Staff Writer
Email: lisa.halverstadt@voiceofsandiego.org
Phone: 619.325.0528
Lisa breaks down bold statements and complex processes as our Daily Facts reporter. Hear something that seems off or more confusing than it needs to be? Give her a call.
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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.
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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.
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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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