About Us

Bill Loving, Editor

Professor Loving earned his B.A. in broadcast journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1979. He earned his law degree at Southern Methodist University in 1991. His areas of primary interest are media law, First Amendment law, and media writing and reporting. He has extensive teaching and publication experience, along with a solid background as a working journalist. In the spring of 2005 and 2006, Bill was a visiting professor at Tianjin Foreign Studies University in the People’s Republic of China. Bill joined the faculty at Cal Poly in 2008.

Bill is the co-author of one of the most recognized texts on mass media law: ‘Law of Mass Communications: Freedom and Control of Print and Broadcast Media.’ The 12th edition of this book has just been released.  Bill welcomes your e-mails: bloving@calcoastnews.com.

Karen Velie, Investigative Reporter

Karen is a professional journalist who has interviewed national figures such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. She founded CalCoastNews with Dan Blackburn in an effort to bring investigative news to the Central Coast. E-mail Karen at velie@calcoastnews.com.

Daniel Blackburn, Senior Correspondent and Co-Founder

Daniel Blackburn co-founded CalCoastNews in January 2008. A veteran journalist, best selling author and former capitol bureau chief for the Orange County Register, expect to see Dan’s videos in The Screening Room. Dan can be reached at dblackburn@calcoastnews.com.

ABOUT US CalCoastNews is San Luis Obispo County’s  on-line independent news source producing in-depth investigative news in the public interest. We do this by preparing articles on issues ranging from government schemes to financial fraud, from the fleecing of the American taxpayer to the plight of the homeless. Our work helps shine a light on injustice and abuse of power.

WHAT WE WILL DO CalCoastNews will continue to focus on truly important stories — stories with a public interest. By investigating unsavory business and government practices, we will stimulate positive change. We are non-partisan and adhere to the strictest journalism ethics and standards. Our objective is for advertising to become a source of sustainable funding.

WHY NOW Investigative journalism is at an impasse. Today’s newspapers are suffering from time and fiscal constraints. As a result of numerous layoffs and budget cuts, investigative reporting has been squeezed down and, in some cases, out. The watchdog function of the media is increasingly perceived as a thing of the past. This is a time when new models of journalism are being created to help maintain the media’s important watchdog function. The trend is clear: on-line journalism is the future. However, the bulk of news sources on the Web rely on unoriginal news and opinion. CalCoastNews has expanded to provide readers with calendar, news briefs and features, but with an ever-vigilant emphasis on investigative reporting.

Floyd Norris How to Go Broke, in Style, The New York Times November 18, 2009