For a local sheriff, Joe Arpaio can’t seem to stay out of the national news. The longtime Maricopa County Sheriff made headlines again this summer when, in the wake of a criminal conviction, he was was pardoned by President Trump. But Arpaio’s story goes back nearly two decades. On this episode we’re turning back the clock to the late 2000s, when reporter Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribunethe launched an investigation into some of the questionable things happening in Arpaio’s office. Their investigation would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize and change the conversation around “America’s toughest sheriff.”
Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read “Reasonable Doubt” on the East Valley Tribune’s website or on DocumentCloud.
- Read some of Ryan’s ProPublica stories about Arpaio.
- Members only: Download the tipsheet on Criminal Justice/Immigration Reporting by Jude Joffe-Block.
- Members only: Download audio from “Cultivating Sources,” a 2015 panel with Ryan Gabrielson and Bernice Yeung.
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Abby Ivory-Ganja reported this episode. Erin McKinstry is our host. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. Blake Nelson draws our episode art. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.