Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Daily Star is Tucson's largest newsgathering organization, with a mission to inform and reflect our diverse Tucson community with deep, impactful journalism that sustains the Arizona Daily Star.

Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting is the state’s only independent, nonpartisan and collaborative nonprofit newsroom dedicated to statewide, data-driven investigative reporting. AZCIR's mission is to hold powerful people and institutions accountable by exposing injustice and systemic inequities through investigative journalism.

Bianca Morales

Bianca Nicolle Morales Borges is the cultural expressions and community values reporter for the TucsonSentinel, an online publication in Tucson, Arizona. While Morales worked on earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida, she interned as a reporter for the West Orange Times & Observer. A bilingual reporter, Morales hails from Puerto Rico and has worked as a contributor at the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and a freelance reporter with the Oviedo Community News in Oviedo, Florida. When she’s not reporting she’s dancing, reading, hiking, swimming or surfing.

Lacey Latch

Lacey Latch covers communities in northern Arizona for The Arizona Republic. Previously, Latch was a Pulliam Fellow at the paper. She has covered local and state politics, public safety and local culture for The Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, Colorado, and says that most of her foundation as a journalist was formed while attending DePaul University in Chicago, where she held various positions, including editor-in-chief, on the student paper. Latch holds a master’s degree in journalism from DePaul as well as her bachelor’s. Hailing from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, a small farming town just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Latch has an incredibly cute, very large dog named Deuces who, like her, is always up for a good road trip.

Sarah Lapidus

Sarah Lapidus covers rural communities in southern Arizona for The Arizona Republic, the largest news outlet in the Southwest. Previously, she was a general reporter in rural Alaska for the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Lapidus has traveled around the world, and speaks French and Spanish fluently, and basic Mandarin. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in French, and studied journalism at City College of San Francisco. Her reporting on local politics, policing and housing issues has appeared in a number of San Francisco publications. As an intern at The Bogotá Post in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, Lapidus reported on general news, indie music and the Colombian peace process.

The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic is the largest news outlet in the Southwest, primarily covering metro Phoenix. It leads the USA Today Network's coverage of the western U.S. and is the flagship local newsroom of Gannett Co., Inc.'s 260-plus sites. The Arizona Republic protects public trust, inspires positive change and reflects the news and its diverse community. It has won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one in 2018 for explanatory reporting on the border wall.

The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic is the largest news outlet in the Southwest, primarily covering metro Phoenix. It leads the USA Today Network's coverage of the western U.S. and is the flagship local newsroom of Gannett Co., Inc.'s 260-plus sites. The Arizona Republic protects public trust, inspires positive change and reflects the news and its diverse community. It has won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one in 2018 for explanatory reporting on the border wall.

TucsonSentinel.com

The Tucson Sentinel is a nonprofit independent digital newsroom that informs southern Arizonans about the community challenges and unique culture of this area. It is the only locally-owned source for watchdog reporting. This award-winning newsroom serves readers in Tucson and rural stretches of Pima County, along with the other border counties of Santa Cruz and Cochise.

Bennito Kelty

Bennito Kelty covers the IDEA beat, taking a close look at inclusivity, diversity, equity and access for the Tucson Sentinel, a nonprofit news site in Tucson, Arizona. Before this, he worked for the Yuma Sun in Yuma, Arizona reporting on the Arizona-Mexico border and county government. Kelty calls Aurora, Colorado home and its diverse immigrant community led him to become interested in understanding cultures from around the world that exist in America and how these groups of people live together. That interest, plus growing up in a Mexican American home, influenced his love of languages, including his own native Spanish and English. Kelty started reporting as a journalism student at the University of Missouri, where he won recognition from the Missouri Press Association for a story in the Missourian, the school’s community paper. Kelty has also won an award with The St. Louis American for breaking news coverage.

Shaena Montanari

Shaena Montanari reports on health disparities in Arizona's rural communities for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization. A scientist-turned-journalist, Montanari has been a freelancer since 2017, reporting on science and health. Her work has appeared in Popular Science, National Geographic, among others. She earned her Ph.D. in comparative biology from the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History in 2012. But after an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Mass Media fellowship at National Geographic, Montanari switched from a career in paleontology to journalism. In addition to her freelance work, she was a Pulliam fellow at The Arizona Republic, and holds a master's degree in investigative journalism from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her hometown is Ridgefield, Connecticut.