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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

Budget bill provision allows DPS to block release of all video records

By: - June 28, 2021

Tucked into a budget bill on criminal justice is a provision that would allow the Arizona Department of Public Safety to outright deny releasing any video records the agency possesses and to heavily edit any videos it chooses to make public. 

Years of raging Arizona wildfires bring focus onto climate change, drought

By: - June 28, 2021

There are two dozen wildfires raging across Arizona that have burned more than 366,000 acres so far, putting this year’s wildfire season on a similar trajectory to the past two years — a trend that experts worry is likely only to get worse as the effects of climate change become more acute.

Audit leader Doug Logan appears in conspiracy theorist election film

By: - June 26, 2021

The CEO of a Florida-based firm chosen to conduct the review of Maricopa County’s election results appeared in a conspiracy theorist film riddled with falsehoods about the 2020 election and directed by a man whose previous work claimed aliens were behind 9/11.  Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan had previously been speculated to be the voice […]

New audit concerns: Cellphones, guns, WiFi microscopes and software glitches

By: - June 24, 2021

Observers sent by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to monitor the Arizona Senate’s election audit say they’ve raised a litany of concerns about security, equipment, communication, policies and procedures over the past month.

Documents shed light on security at Arizona audit

By: - June 23, 2021

Documents released by the Arizona Senate shed new light on agreements between the legislative chamber and the groups providing private security services to the audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results. 

The Arizona audit ties to the conspiracy theory film debuting this week

By: - June 22, 2021

A conspiracy theory film that portrays the Arizona audit as critical in proving widely debunked election fraud claims and that was filmed in part at the Arizona audit features several people involved in the audit, including those funding it. 

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Unvaccinated Arizonans made up 95% of COVID-19 cases in May

By: - June 18, 2021

More than 95% of COVID-19 cases in May were Arizonans who were not fully vaccinated against the virus, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday. 

Ducey signs $100 million in emergency funding to fight wildfires

By: - June 18, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed off on $100 million in emergency funding aimed at alleviating the impact of wildfires that have ravaged rural Arizona this month. 

Auditors promised to screen workers, but QAnon promoters and Capitol rioters were hired

By: - June 17, 2021

The Arizona election audit has employed a failed candidate who has espoused QAnon beliefs and a man who was at the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot of Donald Trump supporters who tried, but failed, to overturn the election.

Finchem recall campaign pulls the plug on trying to force an election

By: - June 15, 2021

The recall campaign against Oro Valley Republican lawmaker Mark Finchem has ended after the group conducting the recall determined it would not be able to collect the needed signatures by the looming July 8 deadline. 

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Poll: Arizona voters don’t trust the Senate’s election audit

By: - June 9, 2021

A poll of Arizona voters finds that more than half don’t trust the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County’s election, and almost half of voters say they’re less likely to vote for a senator who backed the audit.

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Inspired by Mike Lindell, Republicans demand information from elections officials

By: - June 8, 2021

Fantastical and baseless claims of voter fraud made in a video last week by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are the basis for a series of public records requests two Republican state legislators have filed with elections officials across Arizona.