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 revisit some of my earlier reporting on a few notorious homicide investigations in San Diego. 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—and yes, it was a VHS—this story demonstrates the power of a compelling narrative.

Head of the Class

A nice 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.

To Catch a Killer

I've managed to irritate a lot of suits in my career, but nothing else matched their frantic scrambling when I obtained their secret interrogation video of David Westerfield. I was the subject of a departmental investigation and an interview (recorded, of course) with Internal Affairs at police headquarters, plus a subpoena for contempt of court.

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

The Kristin Rossum case started my second career in journalism as a freelancer. With this story, I proved that I was more than a former TV clown. As I said on a Court TV special about the Greg de Villers murder investigation, you can't make this stuff up.

Hoist the Jolly Roger

My Former Students in Print:

In my journalism classes, we turned culminating assignments into published articles, complete with paychecks. That's the whole idea—writing for money. Dr. Johnson already covered this in the 18th century, but it's still true.



Dec. 30, 2022