Recent Projects

Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism President John Dougherty’s documentary film “Cyanide Beach” was released on August 23, 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.

The film shows how the top executives of Vancouver, B.C.-based Augusta Resource Corporation contributed to an unfolding environmental disaster at an abandoned open pit gold mine in Sardinia, Italy.

Augusta Resource owns the Rosemont Copper Company, which is seeking government permits to build an open pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, Arizona.  Rosemont intends to dump waste rock and mine tailings on more than 3,000 acres of public land.

The documentary and supporting documentation posted on Mr. Dougherty’s website provide a prototype of the investigative reporting projects the Center will conduct and how the information will be presented.

“Cyanide Beach” was privately funded through Mr. Dougherty’s company, InvestigativeMedia, LLC.

ACIJ Provides Support for Groundbreaking Coverage of Yarnell Hill Fire

The Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism has provided support to InvestigativeMEDIA‘s ground breaking coverage of the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30, 2013.

Your generous tax deductible contribution is needed to continue ACIJ and InvestigativeMEDIA’s reporting on the environmental, political, economic, tactical and strategic  conditions that contributed to this disaster.

InvestigativeMEDIA’s reporting has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and InvestigativeMEDIA founder and ACIJ President John Dougherty appeared in the Weather Channel’s excellent web-documentary on the fire and its devastating impact on the families of the lost men.

Three lengthy features written by InvestigativeMEDIA were also published in the Phoenix New Times. The paper nominated InvestigativeMEDIA’s reporting for a Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor.

InvestigativeMEDIA has published all of the supplemental documentation from two state investigations into the fire. The Arizona Forestry Division Serious Accident Investigation Report was released in September and includes nearly 80GB of material including photographs, video, interviews, weather data and key communications.

The Arizona Industrial Commission’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health released a separate report in December 2013. The Commission released 18GB of  supplemental data on Feb. 20 that is posted on the InvestigativeMEDIA site.

The ADOSH investigation resulted in the Industrial Commission levying a $559,000 fine against the Forestry Division for mistakes the division made  in managing the fire. The Forestry Division is appealing the fine.

Thirteen families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots have also filed civil suits against the state, the City of Prescott, where the Granite Mountain crew was based, Yavapai County and individuals who were in command positions during the fire.

The Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy has exposed serious problems facing the state and the nation as vast areas of Western forests and wild lands continue to face extraordinary drought conditions, insect infestations that are killing millions of trees and increased use by people that are resulting in more explosive and dangerous wildfires.

The Center will continue to support investigative reporting that provides crucial, unbiased information to assist the public and decision makers to make informed decisions that will help preserve the landscape, protect property and save lives.

Please support the Center in this mission.