Anonymous Source Tracker

Daily examples of how major news organizations in the United States use anonymous sources


Report: Student athletes evacuated charter bus in Wilson County ...
One student, who did not want to be identified by name, sent a photo to WRAL and described the horrific scene. He told WRAL that the students had only been ...

Associated Press    February 3, 2019


Blackface photo stirs calls for Virginia governor to resign - The ...
A Northam official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said the governor met Sunday evening with minority officials in his administration. It wasn't  ...

Washington Post    February 3, 2019


Conductor accused of sexual assault lauded on Paris stage - The ...
Both performers spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing professional repercussions. The lead female soloist, Kate Lindsey, said she was aware of the  ...

Washington Post    February 3, 2019


Iraqi novelist gunned down in southern city
He spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations. It was not immediately clear why Mashzoub was killed. Nawfal al-Hamadani, a member of the city's ...

Associated Press    February 3, 2019


Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi could seek to free 2 jailed Reuters ...
“There was virtually no common ground in regard to the journalists,” said a U.S. senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss ...

Washington Post    February 3, 2019


A tip from a 'concerned citizen' helps a reporter land the scoop of a ...
Ralph Northam who acted as a direct result of the recent abortion controversy in the state, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Washington Post    February 3, 2019


Trump Says He Is Not a Target in Investigations, but the Question Is ...
In early 2018, Mr. Mueller's office told Mr. Trump that he was not a target in the investigation, according to a person close to the president's legal team.

New York Times    February 2, 2019


Undocumented Workers Lose Their Jobs at Yet Another Trump ...
No time to find a job,” said one worker, who declined to be named. The worker said that the immigrants had been treated well by the club's management and that ...

New York Times    February 2, 2019


University of Minnesota student goes viral for wearing shorts in bitter ...
“Miles, a University of Minnesota student who declined to give his last name because he said his mom would be mad at him for how he was dressed, crossed  ...

Fox News    February 2, 2019


Houston-area program helps provide housing for the homeless
Joseph declined to give his last name, saying it may hinder his job opportunities. The encampment was cleared out in November after being declared a public ...

Associated Press    February 2, 2019


The Latest: Democrat: Virginia governor will not resign
The Democrat was not authorized to speak on the record to detail a private conversation. Northam is calling state lawmakers Saturday to try and gain support so ...

Associated Press    February 2, 2019


Virginia Democrat says Northam won't resign
The official was not authorized to speak on the record to detail a private conversation. The official told the AP on Saturday that Northam plans to address the ...

Associated Press    February 2, 2019


Thousands protest in Sudan's Kassala as death toll mounts - The ...
... shot in the eye with birdshot and some losing limbs from live ammunition, according to the activists, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Washington Post    February 2, 2019


Sabres place Elie on waivers; Maple Leafs waive Marincin
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Maple Leafs have not announced the move. Elie was placed on waivers for demotion to the minors  ...

USA Today    February 2, 2019


In the Pale of Winter, Trump's Tan Remains a State Secret - The ...
... is that Mr. Trump's glow is the result of “good genes,” according to a senior administration official who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

New York Times    February 2, 2019


State of the Union Will Have Unifying Tone, White House Says - The ...
But the official, who refused to be identified according to the ground rules of the briefing, framed the speech as an opportunity to change the tone of the current ...

New York Times    February 2, 2019


Spotify Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Gimlet in a Quest for More ...
The two people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the talks. Representatives of Spotify and Gimlet Media declined ...

New York Times    February 2, 2019


What Cory Booker's rollout tells us about his 2020 campaign ...
a person close to Booker explained. "It's going to people where they are." As a newly announced presidential candidate, Booker called in to the "Tom Joyner ...

CNN    February 2, 2019


January IPOs Felt Cold Blast of U.S. Government Shutdown ...
Slack Technologies Inc. plans to forgo a typical IPO and pursue a direct listing, a person familiar with the matter said last month. Published on February 1, 2019, ...

Bloomberg    February 2, 2019


Trump facing revived chatter of possible GOP primary challenge ...
A source close to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told Fox News that Hogan, “more than others, is really taking it seriously.” And an email this week by former Ohio ...

Fox News    February 2, 2019


Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank ...
Mr. Trump's loan request, which has not been previously reported, set off a fight that reached the top of the German bank, according to three people familiar with ...

New York Times    February 2, 2019


Herman Cain for the Fed Board?
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations. Cain's potential appointment was first ...

Associated Press    February 1, 2019


Senate Evidence Clarifies Mystery Call Around Trump Tower Meeting
New evidence obtained by Senate investigators appears to have refuted that claim, according to two people briefed on the matter. The investigators have phone ...

New York Times    February 1, 2019


Blocked calls with Trump Jr. around Trump Tower meeting were not ...
... friend of the elder Trump, and the two went to Moscow in 1996 to scout for a real estate deal that never materialized, according to people familiar with the visit.

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


Shortage of Anxiety Drug Leaves Patients Scrambling - The New ...
“I'm trying to take care of my anxiety, and it's giving me a panic attack,” said the woman, a sexual assault survivor who asked not to be identified. A Pennsylvania  ...

New York Times    February 1, 2019


China Is Said to Snap Up U.S. Soybeans a Day After Trade Talks ...
State-run buyer Sinograin and top food company Cofco Corp. bought at least 1 million metric tons Friday, said the people, who asked not to be named because ...

Bloomberg    February 1, 2019


Apple Shows Facebook Who Has the Power in an App Dispute - The ...
Two Google employees, who declined to be identified because they were not allowed to speak publicly on the matter, said iPhone apps for internal services like ...

New York Times    February 1, 2019


Papa John's reportedly aims to sell equity stake after rejecting bids
Citing sources who declined to be named, Reuters reported Friday that a possible deal "could be structured as a private investment in public equity" and " would ...

USA Today    February 1, 2019


Trump administration to expand wait-in-Mexico measures for asylum ...
... Homeland Security official, who insisted on anonymity to tell reporters about the Trump administration's plans for further implementing what it calls the “ Migrant ...

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


The Latest: Racist photo prompts candidates to address issue - The ...
The Democrat was not authorized to speak on the record to detail a private conversation. Northam is calling state lawmakers Saturday to try and gain support so ...

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


Trump administration withdraws from U.S.-Russia nuclear weapons ...
A senior administration official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said the Pentagon has started to conduct research and development of ...

USA Today    February 1, 2019


AP source: Reds working to complete deal with LHP Zach Duke
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal, first reported by The Athletic, was subject to a successful physical and has not been ...

USA Today    February 1, 2019


Steely huntsman at helm of embattled US Embassy in Caracas - The ...
... latest U.S. policy moves to his staff, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss U.S. planning on  ...

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


'You are not defined by your criminal history': City program takes ...
The Washington Post attended the graduation and agreed to not reveal the identities of the graduates, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because, ...

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


Response to first full Pentagon audit delayed amid staff shake-up ...
A Defense Department official speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal staffing issues said Norquist is “still driving the audit” even as he takes ...

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


Trump to offer 'aspirational,' 'visionary' path in State of the Union ...
... Trump plans to say, according to an excerpt of his prepared remarks offered by a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump calls wall talks a 'waste of time'; Lib ...
... family friends – Brian France, chief executive of Nascar, and investor Howard Lorber, the New York Times reported, citing two people briefed on the matter.

Fox News    February 1, 2019


McConnell privately cautions Trump about emergency declaration ...
... a face-to-face meeting with the president Tuesday at the White House, according to the Republicans, who requested anonymity to describe the encounter.

Washington Post    February 1, 2019


How Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant could be Knicks come summertime
The executive requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about potential future trades involving players from other teams. But the fact NBA  ...

USA Today    February 1, 2019


South Korea's glass ceiling: the women struggling to get hired by ...
The woman -- who requested anonymity because she fears career repercussions -- was shocked, but not that surprised. She told CNN that during a group ...

CNN    February 1, 2019


Second Trump-Kim summit planned for Vietnam, source says ...
The source said there are no discussions right now for Trump to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping around the summit, but the source says Xi is very ...

CNN    February 1, 2019


Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon Compensation: $23 Million ...
They are Blankfein and former vice chairmen Michael Sherwood and J. Michael Evans, according to a person briefed on the matter. Sherwood was co-head of ...

Bloomberg    February 1, 2019


Jussie Smollett: 'Empire' star breaks silence after vicious attack
A person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it confirmed Smollett's performance plans to USA TODAY. Jussie Smollett: Police ...

USA Today    February 1, 2019


New York Knicks are long-term losers after Kristaps Porzingis trade
What I'm Hearing: USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt spoke with a source close to the Dallas Mavericks following a blockbuster trade which landed them Kristaps ...

USA Today    February 1, 2019


Vice, BuzzFeed and the Reckoning for New-Media Companies - WSJ
... but is credited with being disciplined about costs and running at or near an operating profit for several years, according to a person familiar with the company's ...

Wall Street Journal    February 1, 2019


High-Frequency Options Firm Fined by Cboe in VIX-Trading Case ...
Akuna's motivation, according to a person familiar with the exchange's findings, was to use the auction to move its market hedge from one set of contracts to ...

Bloomberg    February 1, 2019


Deutsche Bank in Late 2016 Raced to Shed Loan It Made to ...
A separate effort by Deutsche Bank to sell about $280 million of the VTB loan to Citigroup Inc. C -0.53% fell through, according to people familiar with the matter.

Wall Street Journal    February 1, 2019


Investigators Expected to Probe Deutsche Efforts to Shed Loan to ...
A separate effort by Deutsche Bank to sell about $280 million of the VTB loan to Citigroup Inc , fell through, according to people familiar with the matter.

Wall Street Journal    February 1, 2019


Natixis Said to Seek Sale of Korean Derivatives That Blew Up ...
The exact size of the portfolio is unclear, although it could have a notional value of several billion dollars, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg    February 1, 2019


Ahead of Qatar World Cup, a Gulf Feud Plays Out in the Shadows ...
The New York Times itself received several batches of documents from an anonymous source last year. Over a period of several months, the source, claiming to ...

New York Times    February 1, 2019


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