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Sam Kmack/AZCIR

Sam Kmack/AZCIR

Sam Kmack is an investigative reporter for AZCIR, covering a range of topics across Arizona for a yearlong fellowship supported in part by the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship. He’s a recent graduate from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. While at USC he was an editor at the university’s student-lead newsroom, Annenberg Media, where he oversaw coverage of South L.A. In 2019 he worked on The Beacon Project, USC’s award-winning student investigative reporting team, where he reported on topics such as the admissions scandal and inequities in disability accommodations for the SAT. His work has been published in LAist, Annenberg Media and Intersections South L.A.

Hundreds of Arizona schools violate federal law by reporting inaccurate civil rights data

By: - June 15, 2021

Hundreds of Arizona’s public schools failed to report accurate civil rights data to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year, a violation that can result in a loss of federal funding.

Students at whiter, wealthier schools have more access to federal disability protections

By: - June 15, 2021

When two police officers found Dante Butzberger sitting in a walk-in closet at his family’s Scottsdale home, the 14-year-old refused to leave. Dyslexia and ADHD had made his time in eighth grade so miserable that not even the police could convince him to attend school.

State, county policies impact rejected ballot rates in November election

By: - December 21, 2020

Election officials didn’t count 27,327 ballots cast by Arizona voters in the November election, rejecting more than twice the 10,457 votes that flipped the state for President-elect Joe Biden – the closest raw vote margin of any state in the nation.