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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.

Special master chooses experts for ‘audit’ examination of routers and logs

By: and - January 28, 2022

The special master who is overseeing the examination of Maricopa County’s routers as part of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election has selected his team of experts, and the Senate has provided him with a list of questions it wants answered.  The end goal of the examination is to see whether Maricopa County’s election […]

GOP bill would force teachers to out LGBTQ students to parents

By: - January 26, 2022

Arizona Republicans this week lined up behind a measure that would discipline teachers and open them up to lawsuits if they don’t tell parents everything a student tells them — even if the student confides that he or she is gay or transgender. The legislation, House Bill 2161, would make it illegal for a government […]

Republicans advance bill banning descriptions of sex, homosexuality in Arizona schools

By: - January 26, 2022

Republicans on Tuesday backed a bill that would ban books like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “1984” and “The Great Gatsby” from Arizona schools because they contain frank descriptions of sex and sexuality, and that critics say would effectively make it illegal to teach about homosexuality. The legislation bans schools from teaching or […]

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Arizona ties emerge in leak of posts on white supremacist forum

By: - January 24, 2022

Leaked online chat logs show that Arizona members were active in a national white supremacist group.

Bill requiring redactions on all body camera footage is back

By: - January 24, 2022

A GOP lawmaker who spent decades as a police officer is reviving a measure that would heavily redact any body-worn camera footage released to the public, including requiring nearly all faces be blurred.  “This would create a new and different standard that is only for body worn cameras,” K.M. Bell, ACLU Arizona’s Smart Justice campaign […]

Flu is higher this season in Arizona, but COVID-19 is still complicating matters

By: - January 21, 2022

Influenza has seen significant drops in cases since the pandemic began, a trend that has led to many theories among scientists and researchers, but cases this season have seen a small spike and in some areas of the country the two viruses are even sometimes co-infecting people. “I wouldn’t necessarily say it is something of […]

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Ex-cop lawmaker wants to restrict recording videos of cops

By: - January 19, 2022

Videos like those that captured police killing George Floyd and Eric Garner would be illegal in Arizona under a new law proposed by a retired police officer. A bill proposed by Fountain Hills Republican Rep. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as an officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, would make […]

Republican wants all Arizona cell phones and tablets to have an anti-porn filter

By: - January 13, 2022

A Republican lawmaker wants to bar the sale of any computer, smartphone or tablet in Arizona if it doesn’t include a filter that would block children from accessing “harmful content,” and would hold them criminally liable if they fail to do so. The legislation from Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, also would allow parents to sue […]

With Arizona’s health care system at a breaking point, experts plead for vaccinations, mask use and distancing

By: - January 12, 2022

As the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire in Arizona and shatter previous records in the pandemic, health experts are pleading with people to vaccinate, mask up and socially distance themselves.  “You eat a heart healthy diet, you improve your chances of not dying from heart disease by 10 to 15%. The […]

Omicron and no mitigation: COVID-19 cases rocket to record highs in Arizona

By: - January 10, 2022

The omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 in Arizona is reaching record highs at a pace much faster than last year’s winter surge, as hospitals across the state and around the nation begin to feel the strain of record-breaking caseloads.  On Monday, Arizona reported 13,937 cases of COVID-19. And in the week ending Jan. 8, Arizona reported […]

AZ health officials: Unvaccinated more than 31 times likely to die of COVID-19

By: - January 6, 2022

A new report released by state health officials found that unvaccinated Arizonans are 31 times more likely to die of COVID-19 and nearly five times more likely to test positive for the virus than their vaccinated counterparts.  “This is a big change from October, when the unvaccinated were 15.2 times more likely to die from […]

COVID-19 cases rising at ‘fastest rate’ the state has seen, experts say

By: - January 5, 2022

Earlier this week the state posted a nearly record breaking daily number of COVID-19 cases and experts are now warning that the state is seeing caseloads skyrocket at a higher rate than at any other time during the pandemic.  “This is the fastest rate of rise we have seen,” said Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director […]