I'm happy to say that I am now the data reporter on the investigative team at the Arizona Daily Star. Please check out our last project, State of Confusion, about Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070. As a result of our finding that few agencies were tracking their compliance, several departments have changed their data-collection requirements.
For that project, we negotiated with 13 police agencies over public-records policies, and I requested that the Arizona attorney general clarify what agencies can charge for records and whether the public can scan documents that they have asked to inspect. On Dec. 2, Attorney General Tom Horne issued an opinion very favorable to my cause. For my persistence, the Arizona Press Club gave me the Sledgehammer Award in May.
My first project as part of the Star's investigative team was Losing Ground: Tucson Kids Pay Poverty's High Price, a series that revived my interest in the effects of poverty and addiction. That series won the Arizona Press Club's 2014 public service award. There are more stories on those subjects to come.
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