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Arizona Mirror wins 1st place awards for reporting on the ‘audit,’ QAnon

By: - October 10, 2021 8:35 am

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The Arizona Mirror took home 5 awards in the Arizona Newspaper Association’s annual journalism contest, including top honors for news and investigative reporting.

The Mirror was the first media outlet to report on the troubling background of the man hired to lead the Arizona Senate’s so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. The story by Associate Editor Jeremy Duda and Editor-in-Chief Jim Small exposing Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan’s deleted tweets promoting baseless election conspiracy theories won 1st place for “Best News Story” by non-daily publications with a circulation greater than 10,000.

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And reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy’s deep dive into how Arizona Republican legislators were promoting the violent QAnon conspiracy theory won 1st place for “Best Investigative Reporting.” The story revealed that one powerful GOP lawmaker was an adherent of the quasi-religious conspiracy, which is rooted in the belief that a cabal of child sex-traffickers runs the world — and that only Donald Trump can stop it. 

Duda also took home two awards for “Best Enterprise Reporting,” which honors journalism that is generated by a reporter’s inquisitiveness, not an event or announcement. His story on the history of the Confederate monument that was at the Arizona Capitol for decades won 2nd place, while his exposé on how the Arizona Department of Health Services was shielding hospital data during COVID-19 took home 3rd place.

The Mirror also won 1st place for “Best Website.”

The Arizona Newspaper Association Awards follow the 11 awards that the Mirror won earlier this year in the Arizona Press Club’s annual contest, which honored its work on immigration, public safety and investigative reporting.

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