How to send tips and documents to our reporters

The Sacramento Bee believes in journalism that illuminates critical problems facing the public – the waste of public resources, government and corporate fraud, abuse of power, corruption, and injustice in all its forms. We have a commitment to telling stories that make a difference. We conduct journalism without fear or favor.

Our reporters require hard evidence of wrongdoing to tell these stories. That means relying on documents and interviews with multiple sources. If you have evidence for a story that needs to be told, please let us know. The following is a step-by-step guide on how to communicate with reporters and editors as safely and securely as possible.

Email

If you want to share a document or story idea with a reporter, send an email by clicking on his or her name on top of the story. If you don’t know who to contact, send tips and documents to the email address below using your personal or anonymous email account. This account will be checked by an investigative editor, and we will try to respond within 72 hours.

Email: tips@sacbee.com

We recommend never using work equipment – computers, WiFi networks, email addresses or phones owned by your employer – to communicate with our reporters and editors.

You can also use an encrypted email service called ProtonMail to communicate securely. Create your own account on ProtonMail, and email us at mcclatchytips@protonmail.com.

On your phone

Our tipline is checked by an investigative editor and passed along to the appropriate editor and reporter. Text and voicemail messages will be checked daily, and we will try to respond within 72 hours. You can text or call the following number. Tipline: 916-584-4153

On our website

You may also submit general news tips or news releases at this form.

Secure services

For more secure communication, download a free messaging and voice app call Signal to your iPhone or Android phone. This allows for encrypted voice and texting to our tipline number. It also allowed texts to self-destruct after a preset period of time. Open the app and enter our phone number, which is below. Please note: Signal will tell us the number you are calling from; we will keep that information confidential.
Signal number: 916-584-4153

You can also use WhatsApp, another free messaging service that provides end-to-end encryption for calls, messages, photos, videos, and documents. Only the sender and user can see these messages. Please note, this app will also reveal your phone number to us. WhatsApp also keeps a record of the phone numbers and some metadata, such as timestamps on messages. WhatsApp number: 916-584-4153

U.S. Postal Service

Often the most efficient and anonymous way to send documents is through the mail. For anonymity, we recommend dropping your envelope in a public postal box without a return address.

Investigative Editor
2100 Q St.
Sacramento, CA 95816