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    The Story Behind the Voice

    Launched in 2005, Voice of San Diego was the first digital nonprofit news organization to serve a local community 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 a decade 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.

    To learn more about Voice of San Diego’s values, click here.

    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.

    Voice of San Diego Funding Policy

    Funding Options

    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 and recent graduates 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. Applications for our summer 2016 internship are due March. 1. Please send your resume and three clips via email to Managing Editor Sara Libby.

    Meet Our Staff

    CEO and Editor in Chief

    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.
    Recent Work

    Publisher and COO

    Mary Walter-Brown, Publisher and COO
    Email: mary.brown@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.
    Recent Work


    Erin Zlotnik, Director of Development
    Email: erin.zlotnik@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.550.5664
    Erin is responsible for generating revenue by building relationships and securing partnerships with corporate sponsors, underwriters and major donors.

    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.
    Recent Work

    Engagement Editor

    Kinsee Morlan, Engagement Editor
    Email: kinsee.morlan@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.550.5668
    Kinsee is VOSD’s engagement editor. She handles daily operations, while helping to plan new long-term projects for the news organization as a whole.
    Recent Work

    Staff Writer

    Andrew Keatts, Assistant Editor
    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.
    Recent Work

    Staff Writer

    Lisa Halverstadt, Staff Writer
    Email: lisa.halverstadt@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.325.0528
    Lisa writes about nonprofits and local progress in addressing causes like homelessness and Balboa Park’s needs. She welcomes story tips and questions.
    Recent Work

    Staff Writer

    Mario Koran, Staff Writer
    Email: mario.koran@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.325.0531
    Mario asks questions and writes stories about kids and schools.
    Recent Work


    Staff Writer

    Ashly McGlone, Staff Writer
    Email: ashly.mcglone@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.550.5669
    Ashly is an investigative reporter for Voice of San Diego.
    Recent Work


    Staff Writer

    Ry Rivard, Staff Writer
    Email: ry.rivard@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.550.5665
    Ry is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. He writes about water and land use.
    Recent Work


    Staff Writer

    Maya Srikrishnan, Staff Writer
    Email: maya.srikrishnan@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.550.5671
    Maya Srikrishnan is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. She writes about land use and housing in San Diego county.
    Recent Work


    Tristan Loper, Digital Manager

    Tristan Loper, Digital Director
    Email: tristan.loper@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.550.5667
    Tristan manages VOSD’s technology projects, the website and more. He’s also trying to figure out how to get people to pay for journalism (hint, hint).
    Recent Work


    Christina Shih, ‎Membership and Events Manager

    Christina Shih, ‎Director of Outreach and Special Projects
    Email: christina.shih@voiceofsandiego.org
    Phone: 619.550.5670