In the 2010s, the Foghorn honed in on investigative reporting on the Hilltop. Miles Herman, the Foghorn’s layout editor from 2017 to 2019, recalls Katie Ward, the editor-in-chief his freshman year, as “set[ting] the groundwork for people to start, like, you know, caring about what you’re writing in the Foghorn.” This continued, Herman noted, under the tenure of subsequent editor-in-chiefs Ali DeFazio and Gabriel Greschler. “We had a really good run of kids who were really interested in doing legit journalism at the school,” Herman said. “We had a good string of editor-in-chiefs that kind of built off of each other.”
Gabriel Greschler worked on the Foghorn’s staff from 2016 to 2019. He worked as opinion editor and news editor before taking on the role of editor-in-chief. For Greschler, the Foghorn “was the thing that made college really worth it for me,” he said. “I loved the camaraderie that came with it. Like it sort of felt like we were this force, and we had to, you know, sort of uncover things.”
One of the most notable stories from this era was Herman’s Oct. 2018 article “USF Bought a Farm,” which investigated the finances and campus politics around the University’s purchasing of Star Route Farms in 2017. He began the story in a Journalism I course the semester prior. “I came back in the fall, and I was like, ‘oh, you know, I should check in on this and then maybe we put it in the Foghorn,’” Herman said. The piece was finalized while Herman was taking Investigative Reporting. The response was powerful for Herman. “It’s hard, even though you’re doing real journalism to be like, feeling like it’s a significant thing, or it’s causing any change,” he said. “With that story, for sure, it did feel like it changed stuff, which was nice.”
Greschler said, “I hope that the Foghorn continues to hold the University accountable and shed light on issues that are important.”
Today Greschler is the San Jose City Hall reporter at the Mercury News, a San Jose, Calif. based newspaper, and Herman is a commerce producer for Dotdash Meredith, America’s largest digital and print publisher.