In his 40-year journalism career, Ken Stone excelled at fact checking and copy editing at 10 newspapers (ending with The San Diego Union-Tribune for 24 years) and several websites (including three years with the Patch hyperlocal network). His 20-year-old hobby site, masterstrack.com, won the Track and Field Writers of America’s inaugural prize for online excellence in 2009.
Kersey faces carpetbagger claim in District 5: Incumbent city councilmember now has two Democratic opponents
Published February 10, 2016 San Diego City Beat
Mark Kersey attended Northwestern University in the 1990s along with future Late Night host Seth Meyers. Kersey is no TV funnyman but did win his seat on the San Diego City Council in a laugher. The video-tech researcher ran unopposed in 2012—the first time a non-incumbent did that since World War II, he’ll tell you.
The Case of the Missing Alpine High School
Published May 12, 2015 Voice of San Diego.org
Tiny Alpine has begged for its own high school since the late 1990s. It thought it would finally get one when a campus was mentioned in two winning school bond measures. It still hasn’t, and the culprits blocking the school range from various district officials to President Ronald Reagan.
What I Learned Covering San Diego at the Hyperlocal Level
Published August 27, 2013 Voice of San Diego
Was I invading privacy? Or was I exposing a legitimate news story? By revealing in July 2011 that “a member of a longtime La Mesa pizza family” faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, I revived the age-old debate: What should media report?