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Ever since TucsonSentinel.com began publishing full-time in early 2010, we've worked hard to bring you news you can trust. And we'd venture to guess that you've come to rely on our reporting because no one covers Tucson & Pima politics and border/immigration news with the same persistence and integrity as we do.

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Approaching the end of the year, we've been blown away by the generous outpouring of support by our readers! Since the start of this year's NewsMatch challenge campaign, we have seen so many of you step up, and give to support the important work of TucsonSentinel.com's nonprofit newsroom.

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"This kind of reporting is urgent... working to rebuild journalism that serves the public interest."

We're in the final hours of the special NewsMatch campaign, and we're ever-so close to our year-end fundraising goal. We still need to raise about $4,500 before midnight.

But even when we meet that initial goal, it's not over yet.

We're also working to raise the local contribution necessary to fund our new IDEA reporter from Report for America next year. That Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access journalist will dig into truly untold stories in Southern Arizona — with half of their salary covered by the national RFA nonprofit program. But we (and that means all of us in Tucson) need to step up and cover the other costs of that big step for our nonprofit watchdog newsroom.

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By giving today, you are making sure that TucsonSentinel.com continues to report on Tucson and Pima County with the integrity and tenacity you've come to expect from us.

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P.P.S. We've been around for a decade (10 years!) — yes, our 11th birthday will be in January. And we want to grow, and bring you and the rest of Tucson and Pima County even more deep-digging, bone-gnawing watchdog journalism. This year, we were among three finalists for Publisher of the Year among small local news websites across the country. And we were finalists for national awards for Breaking News and Investigative Journalism from LION Publishers. And it's with your help that Sentinel senior reporter Paul Ingram was named the top community government reporter, best community investigative reporter, and won other awards for breaking news, photography, and community journalism from the Arizona Press Club. Editor Dylan Smith was named a national investigative reporting fellow by the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida, and was recognized for his Public Service Journalism by the state Press Club.

And we've got even bigger plans — there are so many other untold stories we'd dig into if we had even more reporters. Help us grow!

This is the type of journalism that just cannot wait. If we don't tell these stories, who will?

Your donation before the end of the year will power more investigative reporting, more deeply researched examinations of border and immigration issues, more watchdog journalism about our local officials, and more context about the unique character and culture of our borderlands.


This important initiative to strengthen selected nonprofit newsrooms is funded by a group of national foundations including the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Facebook Journalism Project, Google News Initiative, Abrams Foundation, Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, Inasmuch Foundation, Independence Public Media Foundation, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation, Natasha and Dirk Ziff, Present Progressive Fund at Schwab Charitable, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation.


This is an impressive list, but we need to add your name to our roster of supporters, too.

If you've already donated, thanks so much for your support. If you haven't yet, please join recent donors like Edna Gray, Bill Roe, Melissa Vito, Beth Borozan, Sharon Bronson, Newt & Sunny Ashby, Luise Levy, Abby Okrent, Bill Buckmaster, Alan Fischer, Vicki Gotkin, Chuck Huckelberry, Evelyn Lathram, Michele Manos, John Bernal, Michael Green, Laura Conover, Gregg Garfin, Jeffrey Ingram, Carlos Arzate, Rick Unklesbay, Laurie Jurs, JD Wallace, Joe Ferguson, George & Margie Cunnigham, Wiliam Ganoe, Pamela Hyde-Nakai, Frances Valiente, Bryn Bailer, Elain Nathanson, Tom Zoellner, Sandy & Maureen Salz, Berle Clemensen, Susan Luebbermann, Donna Mabry, Andrew Greenhill, Baird Thompson, Corinne Cooper, Michael Brewer, Caren Zimmerman, David Wohl, Melanie Larson, Greg McNamee, Joseph Tully, Jane Poliakoff, Scott Neeley, Linda Seberger, Devlin Houser, Marian Hill, Kathleen Dubbs, Bill Epstein, Alyson Ball, Mohur Sidwa, Diane Maddex, Sierra Yamanaka, James Malusa, James Hays, Chris Hostetter, Nancy Bennett, Tom Stauffer, Claire Wudowsky, James Cochran, Larry Hecker, Malena Loucks, Kathleen Ligon, Inez Savage, Mark Stegeman, Cynthia Williams, Kostas Kalaitzidis, Regina Suitt, John McNiece, Barbara Bancroft, Amy Barron-Gafford, David Burke, Tanya Ahern, Anne Stericker, Janelle Howard, Ronald Spark, Elizabeth Cherry, David Schaller, Inez Savage, Tom Collier, R. Scott Roy, Si Schorr, Judith Bird, Jeffrey Grubic, Joel Smith, Gregory Hill, David Higuera, Tom Volgy, Simon Rosenblatt, Joni Jones, Andrew Quigley and so many more, and give your gift today!

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NY Times publisher: Support local journalism like TucsonSentinel.com

Earlier this year, the publisher of the New York Times is urging people to donate and subscribe to local news organizations in their communities — including TucsonSentinel.com.

"Local journalism is in crisis and at risk of disappearing," the Times said. "These vital resources are critical to the safety, security and knowledge of our communities, never more so than in these difficult times. On World Press Freedom Day and every day, we encourage you to find a local news organization you trust and support it."

The Times created a database of trusted local news outlets, vetted by organizations like Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION) — a group I served as the founding national chairman — and the Institute for Nonprofit News, to which the Sentinel belongs. That resource was published in May, with the announcement that "News organizations near you are at risk. Support them today."

We're honored to be chosen. TucsonSentinel.com has built a national reputation for fearless, hard-hitting investigative reporting and solid breaking news.

That's why the late Pima County Chairman Richard Elias, joined by the Board of Supervisors, proclaimed our 10th birthday as "TucsonSentinel.com Day" in the county — and why Tucson Mayor Regina Romero joined in making the same proclamation in the city.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we quickly began tracking data on a daily basis. Early on, we set up the Tucson Coronavirus Updates group on Facebook to facilitate a community conversation — it now has nearly 9,000 members taking part in a vital daily discussion.

We broke the national story that the military was calling on retired medics to return to fight the coronavirus outbreak. We were the first to report that Arizona's state prison system was clearing out a storage building to use as a COVID-19 ward. We spent a week digging into why testing was so delayed here. And we've shared the stories of ordinary Tucson residents as they live through the outbreak.

Senior reporter Paul Ingram and I joined the CovidTracking.com team, an independent group of professional journalists and data experts who banded together at the beginning of March to track COVID-19 testing and track cases across the country. That project has been cited by government and journalism sources — from the CDC to White House Coronavirus Task Force to Gov. Doug Ducey — as an invaluable resource.

We've provided an constant stream of updates about the latest local and state government responses, with hundreds and hundreds of reports on the coronavirus outbreak in Arizona, dating back to January.

Also this year, our original investigative reporting into the deaths of two men in the custody of Tucson police — Carlos Ingram-Lopez and Damien Alvarado — went first national and then caught international attention. Without our digging, these deaths may have remained swept under the carpet, and never been brought to the attention of the public.

And we're dedicated to keeping our work going, with your help.

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