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.
Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read all of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s coverage of the Fairbanks Four.
- Watch a seven-part series on the Fairbanks Four by TV station KTUU.
- See photos of the Fairbanks Four on the “Free the Fairbanks Four” Facebook page.
- Members only: Learn more about how Brian O’Donoghue and his students investigated the Fairbanks Four by reading a questionnaire on their reporting (27662_Q.pdf).