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Leonardo Castaneda

San Diego, California
Reporter — inewsource

Reporter @inewsource, @NAHJSDTJ treasurer @SDSU grad, @TheDailyAztec alumnus, GIF wrangler, pun purveyor, spreadsheet slayer

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I'm an award-winning investigative reporter in San Diego covering topics ranging from the opioid epidemic, education and campaign finance. My stories have been published for radio, TV and online, and they have been recognized locally with awards for investigative reporting and audio storytelling.

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@LeoMCastaneda — 913 followers, 2,631 tweets

Nov 22, 2017

RT @inewsource: Help support investigative journalism and inewsource on #GivingTuesday! If you give at least $100 between now and Nov. 28,…

Nov 21, 2017

RT @inewsource: The state agency that will investigate potential fraud involving two former top administrators at the San Ysidro Sc…  https://twitter.com/i/web/status/933089302396805120 

Nov 21, 2017

“(An extraordinary audit) isn’t a fishing expedition or a hunting expedition. It’s to respond to a specific allegation.” https://t.co/25pJA5qg7L

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How is social media changing news?

Social media is allowing reporters to connect with sources a readers in ways that are opening doors we didn't even know existed.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

I like pitches that are concise and tell me why the story you're pitching me is relevant to my readers and fits into my coverage area.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Excel, OpenRefine and SQLite are my go-tos for data analysis. Tableau, Go and Highcharts help me make that analysis beautiful and meaningful.

San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

2017 - Audio, Investigative/Enterprise
First place award for the story “Portable classrooms, despite heat and noise, find permanent home in San Diego County.”

San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

2017 - Audio, News or Feature Series (any subject)
First place award for “Sedated in San Diego,” an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic in San Diego County.