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Since our launch nearly five years ago, we've received hundreds and hundreds of emails, comments and actual letters from readers telling us how much they appreciate the quality reporting of

From our reporting on border enforcement and immigration issues as part of "Cuentos sin Cuentos: Unheard Voices and Untold Stories from the Borderlands," to our work digging into the workings of local government and holding politicians responsible, has a growing reputation — both locally and nationally — for providing high-quality, balanced reporting on Southern Arizona.

We've garnered support from national foundations, and we're members of both the Investigative News Network, and Local Independent Online News Publishers (an organization I'm proud to have helped found). Our work has been referenced by ABC, NBC, Radio Melbourne, Sirius, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, the Guardian, the New York Times and many more. USA Today, Agence France Presse and others have written about us as a pioneering startup nonprofit news outlet.

But our focus is local. We're a local news organization, with local reporters and editors, and we rely on you, the local reader here in Southern Arizona, to keep us in coffee and enchiladas and to help keep a roof over our heads.

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The ultimate mission of is to lead to a more informed community making wiser choices. A more immediate goal is to dampen rhetoric and foster a respectful dialogue about local and regional issues through reliable journalism.

Many of you think we're doing a solid job of that.

Whether it's our coverage leading to immediate policy changes at Tucson's largest school district, exclusive interviews with local leaders, our continued reporting on the border, local politics, the environment and other issues, we've had many readers go out of their way to give us a pat on the back. Many of them have donated to support their local independent nonprofit news site. Whether it's a $5 or $5,000 contribution, or a few words of encouragement, the dedicated reporters and editors who bring you appreciate having engaged and informed readers.

We thought we'd share a few of your comments:

"Our nation would be in much better shape if more media outlets took the time to find the facts and report them as you do." — T.E.

"I'm so sick of watching TV news, it's great to know I'm up-to-date with the Tucson Sentinel." — J.O.

"I currently rank yours as the best news outlet in Tucson.... Keep up the good work." — S.J.

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"I like the TucsonSentinel for always following up and following through on stories. Not just grabbing a headline and forgetting." — N.H.

"People are going to be looking more and more to the Sentinel. A new day for solid reporting is breaking." — B.M.

"Good clean reporting." — J.G.

"Rock-solid reporting from the Sentinel on an important story." - L.K.

"I currently rank yours as the best news outlet in Tucson, btw. Keep up the good work." — S.J.

" has been spot-on this entire time." — J.H.

"High five for your reporting efforts. You've been doing one hell of a job." — J.L.

"Fantastic coverage. Thank you for your timeliness and reliability." — T.S.

"You have done a great job covering this story in a respectful and thorough - yes, that's what journalism is supposed to be - manner. Thank you." — J.E.

"The scrappy broke the story very early this morning leaving the MSM in its dust." - M.S.

"Thanks for providing an independent news source for Tucson." — G.C.

"Great work, as usual." — M.E.

"It's so nice to have accurate reporting now days :) Keep it up." — L.M.

"I now know what news source to trust the most in Tucson." — D.G.

"You guys do an amazing job. Thank you." — A.K.

"This is the first major event where I didn't turn the TV on once for news." — A.H.

"Big news, and the Sentinel's there first. (Again.)" — L.K.

"@TucsonSentinel is the only truly independent news source in Southern AZ for news." — T.T.

"Extremely tough but fair and well-done; another first-class piece of journalism." — P.C.

"Thank you Tucson Sentinel - you have done the best job on this story. I now know what news source to trust the most in Tucson. " — D.G.

"The Sentinel wins another local reporting contest. Though they didn’t get the story out first, the Sentinel's piece was far more informative, detailed, and lucid then that of its competitors." - B.L.

"Gotta give credit, Dylan Smith at the Tucson Sentinel provides the best political coverage in town .... All the publications have talent, but by far the editorial decisions nod goes to Dylan, and it ain't close." — T.H.

"Tucson Sentinel, I love and deeply respect your coverage of the real news in our good Old Pueblo. Tucson rocks and so do you. Your reporting of Gabby's progress gets a tear from me nearly every post. Your journalism has heart, courage and lots and lots of love for our beautiful city." — B.V.

"I want you to continue and thrive. I'm telling everyone I know about" — J.O.

Sentiments like that make us want to shuffle our feet and stare at the ground, but they're also very much appreciated. If you haven't chimed in yet, let us know what you think—and please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today. As a locally run nonprofit, we depend on the support of readers like you to continue to bring you solid reporting you can rely on.

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