Anonymous Source Tracker

Frequently updated examples of the media's use of anonymous sources.


Grandmother of 2 kids shot with dad: 'They are going to be ...
“It's too close,” the older woman said, who asked that her name not be used. “ Anybody's child could have been out there. There's snowballs, there's candy.

Chicago Tribune — July 22, 2017


2 children, dad shot getting snow cones after camp near Columbus ...
"All I know was I heard shots and I grabbed the kids and threw them in the car," said the vendor, the mother of a 6-year-old, who asked that her name not be used  ...

Chicago Tribune — July 22, 2017


The embargo of Qatar is hurting foreign workers more than Qatari ...
Asrar asked to be identified only by his first name out of fear that talking to the media would jeopardize his immigration status. “If the situation stays the same for a ...

Washington Post — July 22, 2017


German runaway girl who converted to Islam found in Iraq | Fox News
Three Iraqi intelligence and investigative sources, who asked to remain anonymous, also confirmed that a number of foreigners were arrested in Mosul — 26 in ...

Fox News — July 22, 2017


Canada, Mexico to discuss how to handle NAFTA talks: sources
The working-level talks are scheduled to take place in Ottawa, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity of the situation. "The two ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


Parolee reportedly makes brief run from justice -- wearing just his ...
“He's been doing good, this is a shock to all of us,” the neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told WCBS. “From what I know, he takes care of his kids.

Fox News — July 22, 2017


Walgreens closing stores in Matteson, Richton Park - Daily Southtown
... Road in Palos Hills. "I think they were on the phone," said an employee, who asked to remain anonymous. Nobody was seriously injured in the crash, he said.

Chicago Tribune — July 22, 2017


As Syria Rebels Learn from Media the CIA Cut Them Off, Al Qaeda ...
A fourth commander, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Daily Beast U.S. officials had not said anything about a cut-off of aid or what would follow.

Daily Beast — July 22, 2017


Indian soldier, young girl, die in Kashmir border clash
A police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said an eight-year-old girl was also killed in an exchange of fire across the Line of Control, and her mother ...

Yahoo — July 22, 2017


Villar appears before judge after arrest in corruption probe - NY ...
The spokesman asked to remain anonymous in line with court policy. Angel Maria Villar has been president of the Spanish federation for three decades.

New York Daily News — July 22, 2017


What In The Name Of All Things Holy Is This Weird Thing People ...
An amateur ornithologist who asked to remain anonymous told BuzzFeed News: "The view of weird ornithology Twitter (seriously) is that it's not a murmuration, ...

BuzzFeed — July 22, 2017


Trump's Decision on CIA Weapons Shipments Dooms Syrian ...
... special operations commander with current experience in Syria, who, like others who spoke to U.S. News for this story, asked to remain anonymous to discuss ...

U.S. News — July 22, 2017


Exclusive: U.S. Cardinal Health Puts $1.5 Billion China Business on ...
The sources declined to be identified because the talks are not public. The planned sale comes after Beijing in January introduced a so-called "two-invoice"  ...

New York Times — July 22, 2017


Landis+Gyr set to opt for IPO over straight sale of company: sources ...
The sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the deal. A spokesman for Landis+Gyr said a simple sale of the ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


The Latest: Susan Rice to talk to Senate intel panel - The ...
The source declined to be identified because the meetings are closed. Clapper testified publicly about the meddling earlier this year. He was part of an extensive  ...

Washington Post — July 22, 2017


Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million - The ...
The buyer declined to be identified. The pre-sale estimate was $2 million to $4 million. The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission had been misidentified and sold at  ...

Washington Post — July 22, 2017


Exclusive: Baidu, JD.com to join others investing $12 billion in state ...
Both sources declined to be identified as the talks are not public. FILE PHOTO: Company logos of China Unicom are displayed at a news conference during the  ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


Exclusive: Baidu, JD.com to join others investing $12 billion in China ...
Both sources declined to be identified as the talks are not public. Baidu and JD. com declined to comment, and China Unicom, Alibaba and Tencent didn't ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


The Latest: Susan Rice to Talk to Senate Intel Panel - The New York ...
The source declined to be identified because the meetings are closed. Clapper testified publicly about the meddling earlier this year. He was part of an extensive  ...

New York Times — July 22, 2017


Fast and furious: Wanda restructures $9 billion deal under pressure
... at the venue for the news conference which was also delayed by an hour, said the source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Reuters — July 22, 2017


Jul 20, 4:12 PM EDT Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for ...
The buyer declined to be identified. The pre-sale estimate was $2 million to $4 million. The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission had been misidentified and sold at  ...

Associated Press — July 22, 2017


PetroChina unloading first Chinese purchase of oil from U.S. ...
He declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak with media. The Mars cargo is not from U.S strategic reserves. PetroChina declined to comment, ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


US to Deploy Officials in Qatar in Counter-Terrorism Accord: Sources
"They will work hand in hand with Qatar to charge individuals accused of financing terrorists," said the official, who declined to be named because of the ...

New York Times — July 22, 2017


Norway salmon price seen dropping to NOK 58-62/kg next week ...
An exporter, who also declined to be named, expected prices to drop as well, but by a smaller margin. "We are at about 62 crowns in Oslo for 3-6 kilos salmon," ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


Island v megacity: the Cairo islanders fighting violent state evictions ...
“They want to remove us, so a rich investor can come to build skyscrapers and malls,” said one island resident, who declined to be named for fear of government ...

Guardian — July 22, 2017


Western Digital CEO meeting Japan officials over Toshiba: sources
It is unclear whether Milligan will meet Toshiba executives, said the sources, who declined to be named because the talks were private. A Western Digital ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


Zimbabwe's evicted white farmers dispute government ...
Another CFUZ official who declined to be named said the last time the government paid a substantial amount of compensation was to a citrus company,  ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


Obama officials meeting with Senate intelligence panel | Fox News
The source declined to be named because the interviews are closed. President Donald Trump has argued that Rice may have committed a crime when she ...

Fox News — July 22, 2017


Qatar LNG company postpones layoffs amid diplomatic crisis
No reason was given," said one of the employees, who declined to be named. A Rasgas spokeswoman was not available to comment. Qatar Petroleum's chief ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


Adnoc hires banks for fuel retailer IPO -sources
The sources declined to be named as the matter is not public. An Adnoc spokesman declined to comment. The banks were not available for immediate comment ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


China reaps payoff from hand-picked team placed in Macau in 1990s
"I think Macau is losing that autonomy quite fast. I think we have lost two thirds of it in fifteen years,” said a civil servant who declined to be named due to the ...

Reuters — July 22, 2017


China Disrupts WhatsApp Service in Online Clampdown - The New ...
The blocks against WhatsApp originated with the government, according to a person familiar with the situation who declined to be named because they were not ...

New York Times — July 22, 2017


Sorry Wall St. bros, the ladies don't want you anymore | New York Post
Anna, who declined to give her last name for personal reasons, is now currently single and dating men who work in any profession but finance, including a ...

New York Post — July 22, 2017


'He was safe before we removed our shirts': protestors target Trump ...
A Trump supporter named Victoria K, who declined to give her last name saying the “fake news media” would distort her remarks, shouted over members of the ...

Guardian — July 22, 2017


10 rescued after seaplane headed for Hamptons lands in East River ...
“I feel very lucky and grateful, everyone worked really hard.” Kendall, another passenger on the downed plane, who declined to give her last name, was rattled.

New York Daily News — July 22, 2017


Protesters descend on Trump's Bedminster golf course at the US Open
She declined to give her last name to reporters, saying that "fake news" would twist her comments. President Donald Trump waves to supporters as he arrives at ...

USA Today — July 22, 2017


Venezuela crises set to escalate as general strike begins | World ...
... called strikers “puppets and zombies”. “The ones supporting this strike don't understand anything,” said the woman, who declined to give her name. Topics.

Guardian — July 22, 2017


Waltham woman found dead Saturday is identified - The Boston Globe
“I'm just a friend of the family, and all I know is that she was loved,” said the friend, a woman who declined to give her name. “She's going to be missed by her ...

Boston Globe — July 22, 2017


Man accused of subway-shove murder cleared of all charges - NY ...
... I worry that they have a box cutter or an open bottle," she said. Juror 7, a woman who declined to give her name, said the question of justification was key.

New York Daily News — July 22, 2017


Black valedictorian at Mississippi school endures racism | Daily Mail ...
'Dr. Shepard is just dragging up the past,' said one who declined to give her name. 'Cleveland is past all that now.' But African Americans largely disagree.

Daily Mail — July 22, 2017


Driving While Undocumented, and Facing the Risks - The New York ...
Alberto, who declined to give his last name because of his immigration status, said in a recent interview that he was arrested that night in Georgia. His car was ...

New York Times — July 22, 2017


One shot in Dorchester - The Boston Globe
A young man who declined to give his name said he had been in his home on Talbot Avenue and had come outside after police arrived. “I heard something, but I ...

Boston Globe — July 22, 2017


Foreign-born recruits, promised citizenship by the Pentagon, flee the ...
One Chinese national, who declined to give his name, enlisted in the program and expected to leave for training in July 2016, but the program's suspension and  ...

Washington Post — July 22, 2017


Honolulu fire: At least 3 dead in high-rise; fears that residents are ...
One resident who declined to give his name said he made it to safety after climbing the stairs from the 29th floor. The man said there was so much smoke, ...

MSN — July 22, 2017


Honolulu fire: At least 3 dead in high-rise; firefighters going door-to ...
One resident who declined to give his name said he made it to safety after climbing the stairs from the 29th floor. The man said there was so much smoke, ...

Fox News — July 22, 2017


Kermit the Frog Performer and Disney Spar Over an Ugly 'Muppet ...
The producer declined to speak for attribution, however. For Mr. Whitmire, who didn't respond to the criticisms leveled by the Hensons or Disney, this is the end ...

New York Times — July 22, 2017


Questions Surround Foreign Teen Found After ISIS Defeat in Mosul ...
"This girl is not Iraqi and security officials are working to identify her nationality," an officer from Iraq's Joint Operation Command, who did not want to be identified  ...

NBC News — July 22, 2017


Person shot by police during traffic stop on Northwest Side ...
A woman who did not want to be identified stood outside her home with her adult son near the crime scene. She woke her son up after hearing the gunshots.

Chicago Tribune — July 22, 2017


International conwoman jailed in Sydney
Azzopardi's mother, who did not want to be identified, told AAP her daughter was a "sweet, adventurous and independent" child growing up. Speaking outside ...

MSN — July 22, 2017


'It was like the Wild West': Chicago police officer shot in leg ...
“It was like the Wild West,” said the man, who did not want to be identified by name. A taquero closed down their outdoor grill during the shooting and did not ...

Chicago Tribune — July 22, 2017


Media tracked*

Click to view outlet


* An outlet that published an anonymously sourced story isn't necessarily the outlet that produced it. Some stories are wire service stories published by multiple outlets.


About this: