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So, after a hiatus of a year and a half or so, I am back at voiceofsandiego.org.
I hope that some of you remember me. I’ve already been in touch with a few of you, but I’d like to hear from a lot more of you.
I’ve been hired as VOSD’s new investigative reporter. That means I will be spending much of my time doing what I have done here in the past: Digging into complex, in-depth stories that often require a lot of legwork and a lot of patience.
It also means I’m going to need your help.
All of the past major investigations I have worked on, from 2009’s four-month probe into a real estate swindle to the two years I spent investigating the Southeastern Economic Development Corp.’s opaque land deals and secret bonuses, began with tips from sources or readers.
I believe VOSD does the best investigative journalism in the region. That’s why I’m back here. When Andrew Donohue offered me the chance to get back to pursuing the sort of local stories that result in FBI investigations, public apologies and policy change, I jumped at the chance.
This is an exciting opportunity for me. It will be the first time I have been focused entirely on investigations, without the distractions of covering a “beat” or daily news.
But it’s also an exciting opportunity for you.
Civic-minded San Diegans, insiders, hat-tippers, moles, informants, confidential sources, inside-men, inside-women, whistleblowers, bean-spillers or just regular old Joes and Janes with information and a conscience, I’m talking to you. Get in touch.
I’m also calling on all my old sources. You know who you are. Drop me a line. Send me an email. Let’s have coffee, do lunch, grab a beer. Let’s talk. I’m hungry for information and I’ve been given free rein to attack stories with the sort of passion and vigor I believe I’ve always had for this type of work.
I’ve been living in deepest, darkest Java for the last 18 months. I’ve been working on a few investigative stories for VOSD from Indonesia, I did some foreign correspondence for The New York Times and Global Post and I even produced a piece for PBS television after a volcano started erupting on my house (literally).
But, now, I feel I’m back where I belong. Back in San Diego, among the most talented journalists I’ve ever met, doing good work.