SNC Tahoe grad earns journalism award for investigative reporting |

SNC Tahoe grad earns journalism award for investigative reporting

Special to the Sun
Jason Paladino
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Society of Professional Journalists recently awarded Truckee native Jason Paladino, an SNC Tahoe graduate, its NorCal 2016 James Madison Freedom of Information Student Award for his investigation into the Navy’s Sea Dragon program.

Paladino’s investigative work, which he began as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, resulted in an NBC Nightly News story entitled “Sea Dragon Down, The Human Cost of the Navy’s Most Crash-prone Chopper.”

Beginning with Navy data, Paladino found that the Navy used the Cold War-era Sea Dragon helicopter for years, despite lacking proper maintenance and replacement parts. Records showed the Sea Dragon was frequently involved in crashes and fires, costing sailors their lives.

Paladino, who graduated from SNC Tahoe in 2012 with a Interdisciplinary BA in Journalism and Outdoor Adventure Leadership, went on to earn his MA in Journalism in 2015 from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. While at SNC Tahoe he was the news editor and then managing editor for the Eagle’s Eye.

Visit the following links —;; and — to read Paladino’s stories on NBC News.

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