David Hasemyer
Hasemyer in 2013
EducationSan Diego City College, San Diego State University
EmployerInsideClimate News
AwardsPulitzer Prize

David Hasemyer is an American journalist and author. With Lisa Song and Elizabeth McGowan, he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting,[1] and a 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.[2] He graduated, in 1979, from San Diego State University, with a Bachelor's in Journalism.[3] Hasemyer was raised in Moab, Utah.[4]

Hasemyer was exposed as an alleged child predator by People v. Preds as catch #129, stemming from inappropriate messages to a 14 year-old male decoy in February of 2022.[5]

Hasemyer has worked as a reporter for over 4 decades, including 30-years as an investigative reporter with the San Diego Union-Tribune.[6] He's worked as an environmental reporter with InsideClimate News and does freelance reporting.[7]

Background and education

Hasemyer attended San Diego City College, graduating in 1976.[6] He attended San Diego State University, (1976-1979) where he earned his Bachelor's in Journalism.[3]

His first work in journalism was as a writer while attending City College.[6] While a student at San Diego State University, he served as editor of The Daily Aztec, for 2 semesters.[3]



Hasemyer began working for The San Diego Evening Tribune after graduation; he was there for the 1991 merger, when it became The San Diego Union-Tribune.[4] He finished a 30-year career, as an investigative reporter with the Union-Tribune in 2009, losing his position during a massive lay-off.[4]

During his tenure with the Union-Tribune, Hasemyer covered a wide range of topics. In 1984, Hasemyer, flew to Montserrat, in an attempt to track down and interview J. David Dominelli, working on a tip from Nancy Hoover, Dominelli's girlfriend and one-time Del Mar mayor.[8][9] Hoover told Hasemyer that Dominelli had fled to the Caribbean island, leaving a letter explaining why.[8] Dominelli had cheated investors out of approximately 80 million dollars, in a Ponzi scheme.

Hasemyer spent nearly a week, in an often contentious battle with other reporters, trying to get an interview, promised by Dominelli. However, Hasemyer was turned away the day the interview was scheduled for. In an interview,[8] after learning that Dominelli gave an on-camera interview with another organization, Hasemyer recalled his frustration:

I was at the Vue Pointe when Donley came back and got his cameraman, and this was right after Dominelli told me he wouldn't talk to me. So I called him back and told him I was outraged. You won't talk to me, I told him, "yet you talked to the Times and look what they did to you." [Earlier, Hasemyer had called his office and had both the Times and the Union stories read to him.] I told him, "Listen, I've always been friendly with you. Every time I interviewed you in San Diego and you wanted something kept off the record. I didn't use it," and finally he started vacillating a bit and he told me to call him back. I worked a while and then called him again; this time he said he'd talk, but only with the Union there, too.

Hasemyer continued to cover the events leading up to Dominelli being taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Miami, after the local authorities refused to allow him to remain on the Island.[10] Later, Dominelli was named as one of the top ten swindlers by Time.[11]

In 1997, Hasemyer and Joe Cantlupe, wrote a series of stories exposing police corruption and the prosecutorial misconduct of the San Diego Deputy District Attorney Keith Burt, and District Attorney Edward Cervantes.[4] The stories led to the reversal of the 1994 convictions of four men; the stories were cited in arguments before the court.[12]

In 2013, after the layoffs at the Union-Tribune, he began working as a reporter, and later, a senior correspondent, at InsideClimate News.[7][13] Hasemyer also served as an on-call public information officer, (strategy and messaging specialist) with FEMA, and participated in the response to Hurricane Sandy in New York.[3][14][15]

2013: Dilbit series

During his time with InsideClimate News, he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting with Lisa Song and Elizabeth McGowan, for their reporting on the Kalamazoo River oil spill.[1]

The 3-part series, and follow up stories, were the result of a 15-month investigation on pipeline safety and dilbit, a controversial form of oil. In the cover letter for entry to the prize, dilbit is described as "a thick Canadian hydrocarbon called bitumen that is diluted with liquid chemicals so that it can flow through pipes".[1] The pipeline already had corrosion problems and it was more than a week before the EPA knew that they were dealing with dilbit, because the pipeline operators weren't required to tell first responders in the event of a spill; dilbit is different from normal oil, in that the chemicals evaporate and the thick, different form of oil, sinks to the bottom and is very difficult to clean up. The series and follow-up reporting is listed below.

When the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, InsideClimate News, was one of the least known of the digital news organizations; Politico's headline described the win in their headline, "For a scrappy environmental-news startup, journalism's most prestigious award." Digital-only prizes had only been awarded since 2009 and very few had won.[26] According to the cover letter, in the entry for the prize, the investigations stemmed from research that Lisa Song had originally began, and McGowan and Hasemyer joined in shortly after.[1]

Additional awards are listed below:

2014: Big oil story

In 2014 Hasemyer and his colleagues at InsideClimate, Jim Morris and Lisa Song, received the Philip Meyer Journalism Award for Social Science for "Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas".[29] They also won the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environmental Writing, from the National Press Foundation for the same story.[30]

The story exposed how vulnerable, residents are to health risks of the largely unregulated activities around an area known as the Eagle Ford Shale play, a 400-mile-long, 50-mile-wide area of more than 7,000 oil and gas structures, wells, and drilling sites, from Leon County, Texas, in to the Mexican border.[31] Eagle Ford one of the most active drilling sites in America.[32]

Additional awards for the "Big Oil, Bad Air" series and follow up stories are listed below.

2016: Exxon series

In 2016, Hasemyer, and his fellow journalists were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[37] The series of stories were the result of an 8-month investigation into Exxon's climate change stance.

After conducting dozens of interviews and examining company memos from as far back as the 1970s, and hundreds of internal documents, InsideCimate published a series of 9-stories, "Exxon: The Road Not Taken". The publication of the series, resulted in the Attorney General of New York, issuing a subpoena to Exxon, in order to look into the possibility of fraud.[37][38][39] They were also finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.[40]

They received the following awards for the same series:

For the past 20 years Exxon has worked to discredit climate science. But, as we learn from InsideClimate News' compelling series, the company had evidence suggesting the opposite was true. From its own scientists. For years.

The ExxonMobil climate change controversy is still ongoing. As of 2020, ExxonMobil still denies any wrongdoing in voicing their opinion on climate policy, claiming that activist organizations are seeking to punish the company, and coordinating an attack campaign on social media, using the hashtag #ExxonKnew.[48]

An ExxonMobil website disputes the reporting, citing several law experts, news reports, and opinion columns, including New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, The Dallas Morning News, Bloomberg View, USA Today, and Boston Herald. Exxon also has its own timeline of events on their website.[48]

The series of reports by the staff of ClimateChange News, including the documents they used, are listed below.



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  14. ^ Department of Homeland Security. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Public Affairs Division. 3/1/2003- (September 26, 2016). Forest Hills, N.Y., April 15, 2013 -- Strategy and Messaging Specialist, David Hasemyer is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize award for national affairs. David is part of the InsideClimate News Team that did a seven month investigative report on the Kalamazoo River oil spill of 2010. Ashley Andujar/FEMA. Series: Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1956 - 2008.((cite book)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  17. ^ "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of, Part 2". InsideClimate News. June 27, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  18. ^ "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of, Part 3". InsideClimate News. June 28, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  19. ^ "Epilogue: Cleanup, Consequences and Lives Changed in the Dilbit Disaster". InsideClimate News. June 29, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  20. ^ "New Pipeline Safety Regulations Won't Apply to Keystone XL". InsideClimate News. July 26, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  21. ^ "Angry Michigan Residents Fight Uneven Battle Against Pipeline Project on Their Land". InsideClimate News. September 12, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  22. ^ "Few Oil Pipeline Spills Detected by Much-Touted Technology". InsideClimate News. September 19, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  23. ^ "EPA Worries Dilbit Still a Threat to Kalamazoo River, More Than 2 Years After Spill". InsideClimate News. October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  24. ^ "Keystone XL Would Not Use Most Advanced Spill Protection Technology". InsideClimate News. December 20, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  25. ^ "Little Oversight for Enbridge Pipeline Route that Skirts Lake Michigan". InsideClimate News. December 27, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  26. ^ Pompeo, Joe. "For a scrappy environmental-news startup, journalism's most prestigious award". Politico. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  27. ^ Foundation, The Scripps Howard. "Scripps Howard Awards Honor Nation's Best 2012 Journalism". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  28. ^ "Aronson Awards". Aronson Awards. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  29. ^ "Awards". Center for Public Integrity. Archived from the original on September 25, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  30. ^ "Lisa Song, David Hasemyer, Jim Morris, Greg Gilderman". National Press Foundation. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  31. ^ "Big Oil, Bad Air". eagleford.publicintegrity.org. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  32. ^ "Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: 6 Graphics". InsideClimate News. February 16, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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  35. ^ "Winners: SEJ 14th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment". SEJ. July 15, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  36. ^ "The Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism, Stanford University". knightrisser.stanford.edu. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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  39. ^ "BUSINESS: Original subpoena finally surfaces in Exxon case". www.eenews.net. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  40. ^ "ICN's Exxon Series Named Finalist for Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting". InsideClimate News. February 2, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  41. ^ "Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer and Lisa Song". National Press Foundation. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  42. ^ "InsideClimate News Wins Stokes Energy Award". National Press Foundation. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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  49. ^ Banerjee, Neela; Song, Lisa; Hasemyer, David (September 16, 2015). "Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago". InsideClimate News. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  50. ^ Banerjee, Neela; Song, Lisa; Hasemyer, David (September 17, 2015). "Exxon Believed Deep Dive Into Climate Research Would Protect Its Business". InsideClimate News. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  51. ^ Song, Lisa; Banerjee, Neela; Hasemyer, David (September 22, 2015). "Exxon Confirmed Global Warming Consensus in 1982 with In-House Climate Models". InsideClimate News. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  52. ^ "Exxon's Business Ambition Collided with Climate Change Under a Distant Sea (Part 4) – Advanced BioFuels USA". Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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  55. ^ "Exxon Made Deep Cuts in Climate Research Budget in the 1980s". InsideClimate News. November 25, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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  61. ^ Song, Lisa; McGowan, Elizabeth; Hasemyer, David (October 19, 2016). The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill Youve Never Heard of. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1-5390-0959-7.
  62. ^ Banerjee, Neela; Hasemyer, David; Lavelle, Marianne; McClure, Robert; Wieners, Brad; Hoyt, Clark (March 22, 2018). Choke Hold: The Fossil Fuel Industry's Fight Against Climate Policy, Science and Clean Energy. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1-9837-1098-8.