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Rogue Columnist

The murder of Don Bolles: A players guide

On June 2, 1976, a bomb detonated under the car of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles in Midtown Phoenix. He survived an agonizing 11 days before he died. The closest assassins went to prison. Yet full justice was never served. The real puppetmasters got away with it. Many in high positions wanted it to go away.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

40 years later: Who murdered reporter Don Bolles?

As difficult as it is for some of us to believe, Thursday marks 40 years since the bombing that killed Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. It remains the most enduring mystery and troubling crime in modern Phoenix history.... Read more»

Ally Miller aide linked to imitation news website; alter ego posing as reporter

A communications aide for Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller has been linked to a pretend news site whose "editor" is using a false name. Timothy DesJarlais, who is also running for the Marana School Board, was apparently posting for the "Arizona Daily Herald" while being paid during public meetings.... Read more»4

Book takes intimate look at 19 Hotshots who died battling Yarnell Hill Fire

A new book, The Fire Line, tells the story of how 19 men lived, and how they died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.... Read more»

Could Donald Trump change journalism for the better?

Journalists, as chroniclers of the political system, are confronted with a dilemma. How should journalists cover Trump’s candidacy? Can they – and should they – be objective? Objectivity is a much misunderstood concept and is too often uncritically mythologized as central to American journalistic practice.... Read more»1

Mexican human rights defenders say they are target of smear campaign

With the release of a report investigating a student massacre in 2014, its authors and other human rights advocates fear attempts to pre-empt the findings and discredit the work. ... Read more»

The best reporting on John Kasich through the years

We take a look at the Republican presidential hopeful’s career through accountability journalism and other in-depth reports. ... Read more»

4 UA grads among Pulitzer winners

Four Arizona journalism graduates are among the LA Times team that was recognized with the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Kristina Bui, Stephen Ceasar, Marisa Gerber and Brittny Mejia were among those who covered the Dec. 2 shooting in San Bernardino and the investigation that followed.... Read more»

Gowan backs down on de-facto press ban

The speaker of the Arizona House bowed to widespread pressure and announced Tuesday morning that he is rescinding a background check policy that targeted reporters, keeping media critics from working on the floor of the legislative chamber.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Barr: 'No one fooled' by Gowan's retaliation against reporter

The attorney for the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Dan Barr, blasted Gowan's move to kick reporters off the chamber floor in a letter to the state House speaker, saying, "no one is fooled by what is going on here."... Read more»

As nat'l press groups react, House GOP won’t back down on reporter access

As state and national press advocates reacted Friday to what they called “invasive” background checks for media at the Arizona Legislature, state House Republicans were refusing to back down on an issue they insist is being blown out of proportion.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trigger warning: How to cover Speaker Gowan so he feels safe

Poor David Gowan. He just wants to be safe. He wants to conduct extensive background checks on journalists, after one had the temerity to report that he'd traveled on the taxpayers' dime while pursuing election to Congress. The threat posed by a reporter like Hank Stephenson of the Capitol Times isn't physical. It's existential.... Read more»

Gowan targets legislative reporters with background check

Arizona Statehouse reporters, in protest of a new “invasive” background check instituted by House Speaker Gowan, covered Thursday’s session from the public gallery instead of the House floor. Reporters believe the measures were introduced to target a journalist who has reported stories putting Gowan in an unfavorable light.... Read more»1

Support local independent news on Az Gives Day

On Arizona Gives Day, please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. We'll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin.... Read more»

Obituary

Arizona poet, 'Legends of the Fall' author Jim Harrison dies at 78

Jim Harrison, a writer whose "voice came from the American heartland," died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, south of Tucson. Often likened to Hemingway and Faulkner for his personality and prose alike, Harrison wrote vividly of the outdoors and sharply of man's interaction with the land. ... Read more»

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