Lorie Hearn

Hearn is executive director of inewsource, a data-driven journalism nonprofit based at San Diego State University. inewsource opened in October 2009 under the name Watchdog Institute. Prior to founding the nonprofit, Hearn was the senior editor for Metro and Watchdog Journalism at The San Diego Union-Tribune. She had been a reporter on both coasts before moving into editing at the Union-Tribune. As Metro Editor, her reporters and editors joined the newspaper’s Washington bureau in the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning stories that exposed the bribery of now-imprisoned Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. They also published more than a dozen investigations on San Diego’s near-bankruptcy, as well as covering breaking news events, including the historic wildfire of 2007 that caused the evacuation of more than 500,000 people. Hearn was a Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard University in 1994-95. She is a Journalist in Residence at SDSU where she teaches Investigative Journalism.