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  • Hate in America

    Hate in America,” an investigation examining intolerance, racism and hate crimes, is the 2018 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates. Journalism students from 19 universities traveled to 36 states, conducted hundreds of interviews, and reviewed thousands of pages of federal-court documents, FBI data and state and federal statutes.
  • Sins of the Family

    Arizona is a state not that far removed from the frontier. It is a place to which someone can move and establish themselves anew, a place where a boy can come for college, make a fortune in business, enter politics, and be elected governor, without having to talk about his past. In Doug Ducey's case, it was as if his life began when he first signed up for classes at Arizona State University. Ducey, the Republican who became Arizona governor in November, talked continually during his campaign about his Midwestern family values, but even under questioning, only provided scant details about his upbringing. The Toledo-reared Arizona state treasurer at the time never talked about his family, except to say his father was a police officer and his mother was a homemaker back home. In their report, headlined "Sins of the Family," Phoenix New Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting discovered that Ducey's maternal relatives made up a powerful, organized-crime family in Toledo, Ohio, some having served prison time for their crimes. Indeed, his uncle has fled to a Caribbean island to escape prosecution. To this day, Ducey has not talked about his maternal family's criminal endeavors, though his reluctant campaign confirmed the facts of New Times and CIR's report after it was published. The report established that his convicted maternal grandparents played a big role in his upbringing. While running for governor, he said repeatedly that they taught him the meaning of family. This is a story of obfuscation by a political candidate, who claimed that everything about him was transparent, not of political corruption, since no evidence was uncovered that candidate Ducey benefited financially from the family business.
  • Who Can Vote? Comprehensive Database of U.S. Voter Fraud Uncovers No Evidence That Photo ID Is Needed

    “Who Can Vote?” is the 2012 project of News21, a multimedia investigative reporting initiative funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Twenty-four students from 11 universities across the country worked on the project under the direction of journalism professionals. The project, launched just before the 2012 political conventions, consists of more than 20 in-depth reports and rich multimedia content that includes interactive databases and data visualizations, video profiles and photo galleries. Student reporters conducted an exhaustive public records search and built a comprehensive data base of voter fraud cases that revealed: • Since 2000, while fraud has occurred, the number of cases is infinitesimal. • In-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. Only 10 such cases over more than a decade were reported. • There is more fraud in absentee ballots and voter registration than any other category. The analysis shows 329 cases of absentee ballot fraud and 364 cases of registration fraud. A required photo ID at the polls would not have prevented these cases. • Voters make a lot of mistakes, from people accidentally voting twice to voting in the wrong precinct. However, few cases reveal a coordinated effort to change election results. • Election officials make a lot of mistakes, giving voters ballots when they’ve already voted, for instance. Election workers are often confused about voters’ eligibility requirements.
  • A risky game

    "Arizona State University performed emergency repairs to its Sun Devil Stadium to repair rusting beams that posed serious risks to fans. Crews worked 24 hours a day on a first round of repairs while the university did not disclose the risk to the public." The damage was not caused by the fans who spilled their drinks, but because the university had not waterproofed the stadium correctly.
  • In The Pursuit Of Truth: Remembering Don Bolles

    To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the murder of investigative reporter Don Bolles, students in the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication put together a package to remember who Bolles was and what his place is in the history of journalism. In addition, there are stories about the investigation that followed Bolles' death from a car bomb, and a feature about the fact his damaged car will be displayed in Washington D.C.'s Newseum. Bolles' death also led to the Arizona Project, in which journalists from across the nation came to Arizona to investigate organized crime.
  • Indian Givers

    Without permission, an ASU research project used blood obtained from a local Indian tribe years earlier for a new project which detailed their genetic origins and showed links to schizophrenia. This investigation shows how that project was misleading to the tribe and also how it was insulting and against tribe religious belief.
  • Packed Parking

    This Arizona State University student newspaper exposes the shortage of parking space at the institution. The story investigates "money taken in and spent by parking services." The student reporter finds that "from a commuter standpoint, parking facilities are inadequate," although "citations generate nearly $1 million per year for Parking and Transit Services."
  • The selling of ASU football

    No matter what happens on the field, Arizona State University athletics hits pay dirt every game -- with a nonstop stream of advertisements. New Times examines the only tally that appears to matter to the ASU athletic department -- the more than $2 million it rakes in each year from "corporate partners" whose jingles, slogans and come-ons bombard Sun Devil football fans.
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    Village Voice (New York) details a racial riot at Arizona State University that went mostly uncovered by the Arizona press and was entirely missed on the national level, Sept. 26, 1989.
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    New Times (Phoenix) finds that Arizona State University football players have poor graduation records, Dec. 17, 1986.