Jason Paladino is an investigator at POGO. Previously, he worked at Grid News, where he helped launch the news startup’s investigative team. Prior to that, he worked for POGO as a national security investigative reporter covering military waste, fraud, and abuse. He also served as an investigative fellow at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, a nonprofit newsroom.
While at the Investigative Reporting Program, his investigation into a troubled Navy and Marine Corps helicopter program led to the grounding of the fleet and won a variety of top national journalism honors across broadcast and print, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Investigative Reporting. That reporting laid the foundation for a feature-length documentary film, Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?, which received accolades at film festivals across the country, and is streaming on Sundance Now. Jason has experience working with whistleblowers from government, law enforcement, and private industry, and is always open to new tips.
Jason’s work has appeared in the Intercept, the Atlantic, the Daily Beast, Grid News, NBC News, Huffington Post, the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal, KQED, the Virginian-Pilot, and more.
Jason is a 2015 graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on investigative reporting. He has expertise in the Freedom of Information Act, military aviation and strategy, contracting, federal law enforcement and surveillance technology, and far-right extremism.
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