Journalist. Staff writer at SLO New Times. Bylines in VICE/ The Trace/ MEL/ NYMag online. Opinions are my own.

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Biography

Chris McGuinness is an award-winning journalist and writer currently working as a reporter for the New Times, an award winning weekly newspaper in San Luis Obispo California. He previously worked at newspapers in Texas and New Mexico.

Chris writes aggressive, data­-based investigative stories th...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

My first "official" job as a journalist was working as a freelance reporter for the AV News, an online news site in Palmdale and Lancaster CA

What does it mean to be a journalist?

Being a journalist isn't just about chronicling big events or issues, but exploring how they impact people in their everyday lives.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

I prefer to have someone simply present me with the info, data, documents or tips, and let the story tell itself.

Awards

1st Place National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest

2016 - Best Education/Literature Story
1st place for "Pushing Transition" a story about transgender youth in San Luis Obispo County's schools and colleges.

3rd Place, Texas APME Awards

2014 - Specialty Reporting
Award for specialty reporting on crime and criminal justice for the KIlleen Daily Herald.