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A position of trust: How loopholes in state law allow teachers accused of sexual misconduct to stay in the classroom

Arizona has inspected only 1 school for building deficiencies in 3 years

How a community in the Tohono O’odham Nation fights chronic absenteeism

Squeezed by declining enrollment, Arizona’s rural schools are suffering

Inside a ‘D’ school: An Arizona junior high grapples with its state letter grade

Thousands wait for a spot in Arizona adult education programs 

Teens say a Mesa man lured them on Instagram and sexually assaulted them

Mesa officer gives up badge after sexual misconduct investigation

The human cost of heat: Phoenix’s heat killed more in 2016 than ever recorded

Renters displaced by LDS church in anticipation of sweeping redevelopment

Arizona’s teacher walkout, day 3: Educators dig in 

Meet the volunteers making sure 600,000 kids don’t get hungry in AZ teacher walkout

Walkers say goodbye to Fiesta Mall 

Backpage founders have become political donors in Arizona as allegations increase


Addicts say they are trapped in a vicious cycle of dependence (also published in The Arizona Republic)

Hopi school hires investigators to examine special education (Placed in Arizona Press Club and Native American Journalists Association awards)

Foster parents adapt to tougher DCS safety regulations, worry that it could deter prospective parents

Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States


School takeovers leave parents without a voice in education

The culmination of an eight-month long investigation, I led a team in examining state takeovers of school districts. We traveled to New Orleans, Mississippi, Arkansas and Michigan to speak to community members affected by these kinds of takeovers. And, after making over 100 records requests, we also found that 5.6 million people live in places where a state has taken over a school or school district in the past six years. Republished by NBC News, The Hechinger Report and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Project the winner of the 2016 Investigative Reporters & Editors award in the student reporting category. Individual story winner of regional SPJ Mark of Excellence Award.

(Lily Altavena/News21)
(Lily Altavena/News21)

From the Democratic National Convention: Puerto Rican delegates talk about their voting rights

(Lily Altavena/News21)
(Lily Altavena/News21)


Fight or Flight: An Arizona Teacher’s Dilemma 


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La Cruda: Phoenix’s Only Brick-And-Mortar Clamato Shop Explains Its Signature Drink

How Four Peaks Brewery Fights the Valley’s Hard Water

Six Things to Eat and Drink in Detroit

Maricopa County Ditches Food Service Workers Card


The Secret Industry That Meddles With Your Medications

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Degrees (Without the Work) For Foreign Students at a North Dakota University

4 out of 5 Community College Students Want to Transfer, Says Report

When a Part-Time Job Is Your Extracurricular Activity

When Chronic Illness Interrupts the Rhythms of College

Creating Your Own Major: From ‘Keeping it Real’ to ‘Grand Romantic Gestures’

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The Washington Square News wiped its archives in a redesign a few years after my time there as city/state editor, deputy investigative editor and investigative reporter. I’ve got a few clips saved, but if you’re interested in seeing more work from the student newspaper, send me to New York for a few days and I’ll gladly raid the office archives for stories.

University missing important year of foreign donation records

Hurricane Sandy: Students Forced to Relocate from Dorms