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.
GOP lawmaker wants Brnovich to investigate collusion to block ivermectin as a COVID treatment
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - January 4, 2022
Skull Valley Republican Rep. Judy Burges wants Attorney General Mark Brnovich to weigh in on whether doctors and pharmacists can prescribe unproven COVID-19 treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine without being punished by state regulators. And she wants the Republican AG to launch an investigation into what she says is a wide-ranging conspiracy by the the […]
With 14,000 new COVID-19 cases, Arizona sees a repeat of 2021’s winter surge
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - January 3, 2022
The number of daily reported COVID-19 cases soared to more than 14,000 Monday, the second-most since the pandemic began, surpassed only by the 17,000 reported exactly one year ago. The large number of cases amid the surge of the omicron variant, which has been escalating in recent weeks, but the Arizona Department of Health Services […]
2021 saw a rise in antisemitic and hate incidents, ADL reports
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - December 30, 2021
Antisemitic and hate incidents in Arizona this year saw a 26% increase from 2020 and a 41% increase from 2019, according to a year-end report by the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.
Turning Point USA event brought extremists and politicians together in Phoenix
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - December 23, 2021
Far-right extremists, some with white nationalist beliefs, converged and met with politicians from across the country and state at Turning Point USA’s “AmericaFest” just before Christmas in downtown Phoenix for four days. Turning Point, which is headquartered in Phoenix, is a right-leaning organization that aims to mobilize young conservatives, primarily on college campuses, but the […]
Court says AG has enough information for case against Google
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - December 22, 2021
How do this winter’s COVID numbers compare with last winter’s toll in Arizona?
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - December 20, 2021
Arizonans may be getting that old feeling again as COVID cases surge much like they did last winter, but this time there are some important differences.
‘Social equity’ marijuana licenses were meant to right a wrong. Critics say they’ll just make cannabis giants even richer.
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - November 17, 2021
When Arizona voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2020, the new law included provisions that aimed to give the opportunity of a lifetime to people most harmed by the War on Drugs: a chance to win a coveted license to operate a dispensary. Now, the final licenses to sell marijuana in Arizona are set to […]
Fraudsters stole $4.4 billion from DES, and it could happen again
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - November 10, 2021
During the pandemic, fraudsters stole $4.4 billion in federal COVID CARES Act unemployment money from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, and experts say it is bound to happen again. “This was a completely preventable issue and it was not hard to fix,” Haywood Talcove, CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Government Group, a public records […]
Paul Gosar has a history of posting far-right memes on Twitter
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - November 9, 2021
Paul Gosar has stoked national outrage for a Tweet depicting himself as an anime character killing and attacking prominent political figures, the latest in a string of posts from the Republican congressman that draw on far-right and racist memes and imagery. On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the House Ethics Committee and law […]
Biden appoints state Rep. Charlene Fernandez to Department of Agriculture post
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - November 4, 2021
President Joe Biden announced he will be appointing Tucson Democrat Rep. Charlene Fernandez to become the next State Director of Rural Development for Arizona for the Department of Agriculture Thursday. . On Twitter, Fernandez said she is choosing to continue to support communities by accepting the role, adding “I look forward to continuing to prioritize […]
Ducey’s top COVID-19 advisor urges parents to get the ‘safe’ vaccine for their kids
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - October 29, 2021
Pediatricians across the Valley are beginning to schedule appointments for vaccinations for COVID-19 and the Arizona Department of Health Services is emphasizing the safety of the vaccine as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve it for ages 5 through 11 as soon as next week. “This will help to prevent your child […]