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Donate Now to Double Your Impact

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project is very excited to announce we’ve been accepted into NewsMatch 2020! Between Nov. 1-Dec 31 all donations will be matched up to $5,000 per individual. New monthly donors, or folks who increase an existing monthly donation will have that donation matched 12x Donate now by clicking HERE. This is an...

A second look at Burgess Owens’ Second Chance 4 Youth nonprofit
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A second look at Burgess Owens’ Second Chance 4 Youth nonprofit

The following story was reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah congressional candidate Burgess Owens’ campaign is built largely on the foundation of his personal narrative: The descendant of a slave, he found fame and fortune as a professional football player only to later fall victim to...

Utah Investigative Journalism Project Claims Special Prize in State Contest
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Utah Investigative Journalism Project Claims Special Prize in State Contest

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project took home top honors in the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists statewide competition. We won the special Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award for our report on a previously undisclosed $350,000 loan and plane tickets given to Greg Hughes by influential developer Terry Diehl even...

Kerry Gibson’s time over Utah Agriculture Dept. marked by employee turmoil and spending increases
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Kerry Gibson’s time over Utah Agriculture Dept. marked by employee turmoil and spending increases

The following story was written and researched by Cathy McKitrick of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. During Kerry Gibson’s nine months as commissioner over Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food, staff shake-ups took a toll on morale, travel spending went up and financial audits flagged a spike in...

President’s program to bring business to poor communities skips over west side SLC neighborhoods
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President’s program to bring business to poor communities skips over west side SLC neighborhoods

The following story was written by Eric Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the West View Media.   There’s an old gambler’s expression that “Scared money don’t make no money.” Translation: you can’t win, if you don’t play. In 2017 President Trump created the “opportunity zone” program meant to encourage wealthy...

Utah Investigative Journalism Project Wins Top Honors in Regional Contest
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Utah Investigative Journalism Project Wins Top Honors in Regional Contest

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project took home top honors in the Society of Professional Journalists “Top of the Rockies” regional contest, competing against media outlets in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. We took First Place in the “Investigative/Enterprise Reporting” category for our expose on the student-teacher aide who had been sexually abusing underage deaf...