Kevin Foster Cox

Kevin Foster Cox

My Publications

Los Indocumentados

The last story I wrote for San Diego Magazine, but one of my favorites. Check out the first paragraph. It's non-traditional journalism, but somebody liked it. I received a Diversity Prize from the Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Professional Chapter.

License to Lie

This story allowed me to recycle some of my earlier reporting on a few notorious homicide investigations in San Diego. As I tell my journalism students, work smarter, not harder. I quote extensively from an interrogation video I obtained while I was a reporter at News 8. Even though I'm describing what the tape shows, this story demonstrates the power of a compelling narrative.

Head of the Class

A nice little compilation of interviews, plus another opportunity for me to experiment with narrative voice. I won't pretend this is a great story, but it was fun to write.

Juvenile Injustice

When San Diego Magazine pitched this idea to me, I said yes. I knew exactly how I would approach this story, which might otherwise become a bureaucratic, jargon-filled snoozer. When I was working at News 8, a guy named Robert Billberg used to regale me with examples of an inept county probation department. I talked to him on the phone for hours, yet I could never figure out how to tell the story on television. But it was perfect for print. When a target of your investigation announces his resignation before the story even gets published, you must be doing something right.

Private Eyes (Watching San Diego)

Another fun story. Not an award-winner, but there are more experiments with narrative form and some great moments.

The Price of Paradise

Let the record reflect that one of my sources in this story predicted the great financial crash of 2008--six years before it happened. When I reminded him of his brilliance, he responded, "But did I short Countrywide? Noooooooo."

To Catch a Killer

I've managed to piss off a lot of suits in my career, but nothing else matched their frantic scrambling when I obtained their secret interrogation video of David Westerfield. There were internal investigations, subpoenas and even a little chat (tape-recorded, of course) at police headquarters. Ya got nothing on me, copper.

Anatomy of a Murder

The first story in the two-part series on the Westerfield case. More experimenting with narrative form. In this magazine article, I also incorporated incidents I witnessed as a freelancer for a television network and the tabloids.

A Case of Foul Play

I've had a great run, obtaining information that I wasn't supposed to have. Of course, that's what makes it so interesting. The Rick Post story proves the value of confidential documents and maintaining good relationships with the sources who are able to provide them.

The Case of the Forensic Femme Fatale

Kristin Rossum is my girl. Without her, I wouldn't have been able to publish the story that started my second career in journalism as a freelancer. With this story, I also proved that I was more than a former TV clown. As I said on a Court TV special about the Rossum case, you can't make this stuff up.

Hoist the Jolly Roger

My Former Students in Print:

Culminating assignments in my journalism classes get published all the time as freelance submissions, and the contributors get paid. That's the whole idea--writing for money. Dr. Johnson already covered this in the 18th century, but it's still true.



September 22, 2010