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Get the story behind the story every weekday. Host Kristy Totten interviews Union-Tribune reporters about what matters in San Diego.

    The Backstory: The reasons why prosecutors opted not to file criminal charges in SDSU rape case

    The Backstory: The reasons why prosecutors opted not to file criminal charges in SDSU rape case

    Rarely, if ever, is the public made aware of the reasoning behind a District Attorney’s Office’s decision not to file charges in a case.
    The Union-Tribune obtained an audio recording of a meeting between the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the 18-year-old woman who said she was raped by three now-former San Diego State University football players. The recording provides insight into why the DA’s Office decided not to file criminal charges.
    Union-Tribune public safety editor Dana Littlefield, public safety reporter Teri Figueroa, public safety reporter and Saturday editor Lyndsay Winkley, managing editor Lora Cicalo, and editor and publisher Jeff Light discuss the latest developments in the case.

    • 20 min
    The Backstory: The Poway case being heard by the Supreme Court

    The Backstory: The Poway case being heard by the Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will take up a case from Poway Unified School District that tackles a contentious area of social media — when, and if, public officials can block people from their Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts.
    The case concerns a former Poway school district trustee, T.J. Zane, and a current member, Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff, and their Facebook and Twitter pages. At issue: whether public officials with social media pages where they discuss public business can block individuals, or if doing so violates the First Amendment.
    Union-Tribune criminal justice and legal affairs reporter Greg Moran, enterprise editor Kristina Davis, editorial and opinion director Matthew T. Hall, managing editor Lora Cicalo and publisher and editor Jeff Light discuss the case.

    • 24 min
    The Backstory: The Union-Tribune’s Community Voices Project

    The Backstory: The Union-Tribune’s Community Voices Project

    The Union-Tribune’s Community Voices Project is an online platform for civil discourse about news of the day and matters of the community. It brings dozens of thought leaders together with the goal of sharing diverse points of view to move toward a stronger, more inclusive San Diego region.
    Union-Tribune editorial and opinion director Matthew T. Hall, deputy editorial and opinion editor Laura Castañeda, managing editor Lora Cicalo and publisher and editor Jeff Light discuss the origins and goals of the Community Voices Project.

    • 26 min
    The Backstory: Behind the Union-Tribune’s 72 Hours project

    The Backstory: Behind the Union-Tribune’s 72 Hours project

    San Diego County, like many places nationwide, faces a mental health crisis.
    For three days last year, nearly two dozen journalists with The San Diego Union-Tribune followed patients, police, clinicians, dispatchers and a host of others struggling for help to create a minute-by-minute account of our overwhelmed system.
    Union-Tribune public safety editor Dana Littlefield, communities editor Tarcy Connors, managing editor Lora Cicalo, and publisher and editor Jeff Light discuss this in-depth multi-media special report.

    • 18 min
    The Backstory: Customers are steamed over SDG&E’s rate-hike proposal

    The Backstory: Customers are steamed over SDG&E’s rate-hike proposal

    San Diego Gas & Electric is making a case before the California Public Utilities Commission to increase rates starting next year. SDG&E says it needs money for critical projects, like wildfire safety and pursuing clean energy goals. But many San Diegans are frustrated with rising gas and electric bills. The average price for electricity in the San Diego metropolitan area is currently higher than anywhere else in the country. Given that tension, could asking for higher rates right now backfire? Union-Tribune money reporter Roxana Popescu, topic editor Dan Beucke, managing editor Lora Cicalo, and publisher and editor Jeff Light discuss some of the challenges of reporting on this story.

    • 26 min
    The Backstory: The San Diego Union-Tribune stops running ‘Dilbert’

    The Backstory: The San Diego Union-Tribune stops running ‘Dilbert’

    Hundreds of newspapers across the country – including The San Diego Union-Tribune – have either stopped or will stop running the “Dilbert” comic strip after its creator made racist comments during a YouTube livestream Feb. 22.
    Angela deJoseph, founder of Women of Color Roar, a nonpartisan multimedia organization that supports, nurtures and encourages Black women to seek careers in public service and run for political office; Michael Cavna, visual artists and comic art writer at The Washington Post; Union-Tribune managing editor Lora Cicalo; and publisher and editor Jeff Light discuss the offensive remarks and the decision to stop running the “Dilbert” comic strip.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

ScottJN92078 ,

Pretty good

Pretty good but not without some left bias. Pandering to their perceived audience?

JeffersonStatePatriot ,

Asks Brian Dahle loaded questions

Continually asks Dahle Loaded questions. Tries to get him to disagree with his constituents constantly, all while agreeing with everything Newsom says, and asking him weak questions.

PamintheNW ,

Tasha Williamson

Nothing like throwing an entire metropolitan area under the bus because of the racist comments of one person towards an elected official. I’ll repeat, an elected official. If this was “the Mississippi of the south” she would not be our mayor. Racism should never be tolerated, but neither should we categorize an entire population based on the behavior of one or a few or even several people. He’s an outlier which is evidenced by our mayors election.

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