Have a news tip or want to share important documents? Here’s how to reach me:
Office phone and fax:
My work email: jtedesco @ express-news.net
Social media, for networking and routine communications:
Protecting your privacy: Many companies and government agencies flat-out prohibit employees from talking to the press. If you have an important story to tell, please don’t call me from a work phone or email me from a work computer. Depending on the story, calling me from your personal phone might not be a good idea, either.
Here are some safer methods to reach me and send me documents:
Snail mail: An old-school but relatively secure way to send messages and documents is using the U.S. Postal Service. Don’t put your return address on the envelope and don’t go inside the post office to send it. My address:
San Antonio Express-News
301 Avenue E
San Antonio, TX 78205
On your computer or smartphone: Avoid emailing me from your workplace computer, your workplace phone or with commercial services such as Yahoo! that aren’t very secure.
If you want to use email, an easy, safer way to reach me is creating a free account with ProtonMail, an email service based in Switzerland that’s obsessed with privacy.
Select the free plan and create an email address that doesn’t include your real name. Use a good password that’s different from your other passwords and keep it safe. You’ll see the option to provide a secondary email address; don’t do that. Click continue and then you’ll have to prove you’re a human being by completing a CAPTCHA test. Don’t select the other options, such as using a secondary email or text message.
After that, you’re all set. Once you create an account, email me using ProtonMail at my own ProtonMail account at jtedesco @ protonmail.com.
ProtonMail says no one — not even ProtonMail — can read the contents of our encrypted messages. ProtonMail works in your browser and it has smart-phone apps for Android and iPhone. It also encrypts documents you send me via ProtonMail.
Keep in mind emails create digital bread crumbs known as metadata. ProtonMail keeps an unencrypted record of “sender and recipient email addresses, the IP address incoming messages originated from, message subject, and message sent and received times.” So don’t use your name when you create your email address, avoid sending emails from your workplace, and be prudent when writing the subject line of the email.
If you’re already familiar with encryption keys and use a different email service, here’s my public key. My fingerprint is 0523 34A6 D4D8 C8AE 246B BCCE 1791 8EF8 007C AEBF. You can use my public key to send an encrypted message to my ProtonMail account. If you’re interested in using this method, check out Mailvelope, a Chrome and Firefox extension that encrypts messages for a wide variety of email services.
If you want to avoid communicating by email altogether and you’re comfortable using free, open-source software, I’m also on the encrypted chat service Ricochet at ricochet:7wynfwvlp3y66psp, which leaves no metadata and offers anonymity. I’m also on messaging services that offer encryption and anonymity but leave behind metadata. Check out Peerio, where I can be contacted at my username jtedesco.
Once you reach me, we can discuss other secure ways to communicate or talk by phone if the need arises.
Thanks for visiting my site and keep in touch.