Are you interested in learning how investigative reporters get the goods on public officials and figure out who is
doing what with your tax dollars? If so, get ye over to the University of Arizona tomorrow night and hear from two of the best.
Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin, who together won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in April, will be speaking about investigative journalism at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 211 of UA’s Education Building. They won the Pulitzer for a five-part series investigating the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Their work demonstrated how Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s near single-minded focus on detaining and arresting illegal immigrants in his county had resulted in a lack of enforcement of other crimes. The public, in other words, was paying taxes for slower response times to any number of 911 calls while Arpaio directed those funds to hunting down illegal immigrants.
Timing is everything, and today the Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the Obama administration is now limiting Arpaio and his deputies’ ability to use federal immigration law to arrest suspected illegal immigrants.
Gilbin is a UA grad and Gabrielson attended the school before beginning his award-winning journalism career. You can read all about the men here, but don’t pass up the chance to hear them speak in person, especially if you want to learn how reporters keep an eye on government for the rest of us.