Lorie Hearn

Executive Director, Watchdog Institute
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imageLorie Hearn is executive director of Watchdog Institute, a nonprofit, data-driven investigative journalism organization based at San Diego State University. Prior to founding the institute in the summer of 2009, Hearn was the senior editor for Metro and Watchdog Journalism at The San Diego Union-Tribune.

She had been a reporter at five newspapers on both coasts before moving into editing at the Union-Tribune. Hearn was metro editor at a critical time in San Diego County history. 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 in a year on San Diego's near-bankruptcy, as well as covering myriad breaking news events, including the historic wildfire of 2007 that caused the evacuation of more than 500,000 people.

Hearn is journalist-in-residence at San Diego State University where she teaches a course in investigative journalism. She was a Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard University in 1994-95. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware.


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