For nearly 15 years, a journalism professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been investigating the case of the Fairbanks Four, a group of men convicted in the 1997 beating death of a teenager. And he hasn’t been working alone. Each year, students in Brian O’Donoghue’s investigative reporting class picked up the case. Their work had a huge impact: In December 2015, the Fairbanks Four were exonerated, freed after nearly two decades behind bars. On this episode, Brian takes us through the investigation.

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CREDITS

Aaron Pellish reported this episode. IRE Web Editor Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.

 

MUSIC

Satellite Bloom (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Cylinder Six (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0
Keep The Car Running (Alex Fitch) / CC BY-NC 3.0