A note: I am headed to Hawaii next week. (Do you know — do you have ANY IDEA — how glorious it feels to type those words?) That means What We Learned This Week will be taking a vacation, too. I’ll miss making a Sunday cameo in your inboxes, but not too much. I’ll see you again in two weeks.
You might’ve heard that our pal Mario Koran has been named Journalist of the Year by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. We’re super proud.
Another journalist, our friend and contributor Ken Stone, reached out a couple days ago to do a write-up of the honor for the Times of San Diego. He sent a few questions to me and Scott Lewis about Mario and his career.
One of the questions he asked was whether we were nervous that Mario would get scooped up by another news outlet. The short answer is yes — I miss working with Liam Dillon, Caty Green, Dagny Salas and all the other great journalists who’ve moved on to awesome gigs, as proud as I am of all of them.
But I initially misread Ken’s question, and thought he was asking whether, as Mario was working on his series of investigative stories surrounding former school board trustee Marne Foster, I was worried about getting scooped by other news outlets — that is, whether we were under pressure to get the stories out quickly before other journalists beat us to the news.