To complete this story, my reporting partner and I combined data reporting and an understanding of Arizona's property tax system while also humanizing this issue. We analyzed government data for trends but also used it to find people who had lost their primary residences to tax lien foreclosures. Eventually, public records and social media led us to our primary interview subject.
This project involved more than a year of data analysis looking into asset forfeitures by law enforcement agencies across the state. It was also published on the front page of the Arizona Republic. Our report was cited in the debate surrounding a bill to reform Arizona's asset forfeiture laws in the state legislature, which passed just months after publication.
I managed a team of reporters to analyze changes to all 50 states' voting laws which made voting more difficult. I also traveled to four states and the Republican National Convention to conduct interviews, some of which were included in other stories throughout the News21 project. This story was picked up by more than 20 outlets across the U.S.
For this in-depth story looking at anti-Roma and Gypsy discrimination, I traveled to Hungary and Slovakia as part of a Cronkite reporting program. I interviewed residents of impoverished villages as well as top Hungarian diplomats after researching race relations for months.
This story began out of covering government accountability and ended up being a long-term project that investigated Arizona law enforcement's use of the federal arm of asset forfeiture, called Equitable Sharing. This story led to the follow-up forfeiture investigation for AZCIR.