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NBC 7 Investigates. Exposing, Digging, and Uncovering. Asking hard questions and demanding the truth. Making San Diego a better place to live. 2013 - 2014 Awards NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter EMMY – Investigative Series – 'Aristotle University Series'; NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter EMMY – 'Daycare Death'; Society of Professional Journalists 1st PLACE – Investigative – 'Daycare Death'; Society of Professional Journalists 2ND Place – Investigative – 'Aristotle University Series'; 2013 The Associated Press, Television-Radio Association Award – 'Aristotle University Series'; Taxpayer’s Assoc Nomination – 'Watermain Breaks'

  • Mari Payton

    Mari Payton is a senior investigative reporter leading the award winning NBC 7 Investigates team. She is also a fill-in anchor weekdays on NBC7 and has been with the station for the past decade. She has won numerous Emmy awards for her investigative stories and for her live reporting on the 2007 San Diego wildfires. She's reported breaking news live on the TODAY show, MSNBC, and other NBC stations across the country throughout her career. Before working in San Diego, Mari worked at WLBT, the NBC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi. While at WLBT, she was sent to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she rode out the storm and covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She also won an Associated Press award for a piece on the obesity epidemic in the state of Mississippi. Mari graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She was a Renaissance Scholar and graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication. Mari is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). She and her husband, co-own a restaurant in downtown’s East Village. Together, they have a daughter. Drop Mari a line: Follow her on Twitter at More »

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  • Tom Jones

    Tom Jones is an Emmy award-winning journalist and NBC’s Executive Investigative Producer. Tom began his career in his native Central Coast of California, and has been investigating stories that impact San Diegans for the past five years. Tom sits on the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists board and enjoys fighting for access to public information. He is always looking for a new way to tell a story, a fresh dataset to analyze, or to broadcast a community’s voice that is not being heard. You can follow Tom at @TomJonesNBC or if you would prefer encrypted communication he’s available on


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  • Jay Yoo

    Jay Yoo is a five time Emmy-award winning photojournalist for photography and editing, whose work has also been recognized by the National Press Photographer’s Association. He joined NBC 7 in 2005 from Palm Desert, where he worked as a general assignment photojournalist for KESQ. Prior to that, he served as a photographer and editor at KSCI in Los Angeles. Jay was born in Seoul, Korea then moved to Orange County when he was 16. Jay graduated from Biola University with a degree in Communication.


  • Paul Krueger

    Senior Field Producer Paul Krueger has 20 years of experience reporting on investigations including pieces on medical malpractice, consumer protection and truth in advertising. His work has earned him honors such as the Golden Mike Award and numerous Emmy awards as well as San Diego Press Club's Harold Keen Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2010. He has served as a board member for the Society of Professional Journalists and is an active member of San Diego and North County Bench/Bar/Media Committees. More »

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  • J.W. August

    J.W. August’s 36-year journalism career has included stints as a stringer for wire services, as a reporter for community newspapers, as an assignment editor, producer and managing editor in broadcasting. Among his honors, the National Society of Professional Journalists awarded him its “Sunshine Award” for efforts on behalf of open government. The Freedom Foundation recognized his reporting on hate groups operating in San Diego County. He received the National Press Club award for consumer reporting on a religious based charity fraud and the Investigative Reporters and Editors certificate for outstanding investigative reporting on illegal waste dumping. August has won 33 Emmys for investigative reporting, writing, and journalistic enterprise. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also recognized him for his career in broadcasting. The San Diego Press Club recognized him with two lifetime achievement awards, one as a reporter/producer and one as news manager. The California Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the City of San Diego have each honored August. He was named Citizen Diplomat of the Year by the Diplomacy Council for his willingness to work with journalists and policy makers from around the world on shared subjects of concern. The U.S. Attorney’s Office recognized August for his efforts in exposing fraud, he received the public service award from the National Highway Traffic Administration for series of stories on safety issues and San Diego advocacy groups have recognized his reporting efforts on vulnerable populations including the Environmental Health Coalition and San Diego Hunger Coalition. August is past president and current board member of the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists. He's also president of a non-profit combating sex and labor trafficking, the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition and is president emeritus of CalAware (Californians Aware) which advocates for transparency and open government in California.

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