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Utah Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transparency
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Utah Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Transparency

The following was written by Utah Investigative Journalism Project board member Cathy McKitrick. It’s a win! My three-plus years battle to obtain government records culminated Thursday in a Utah Supreme Court decision that deflated the arguments of Peter Stirba, attorney for former Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson. Gibson had been the subject of a months-long...

Utah High Court Considers Records Dispute Over Investigation Report
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Utah High Court Considers Records Dispute Over Investigation Report

The following was written by Cathy McKitrick, a freelance journalist and board member of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project. The following was published in conjunction with Utah Political Underground. When I filed my May 2018 GRAMA request seeking the contents and findings of the criminal probe into former Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson, I had...

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...

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...

Motion Denied But Fight for Weber County Investigation Records Continues
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Motion Denied But Fight for Weber County Investigation Records Continues

The following was written by Utah Investigative Journalism Project board member Cathy McKitrick. OGDEN — Timely access to government records is fundamental to journalists doing their jobs with any precision and accuracy. Otherwise, news reports can easily deteriorate into he-said, she-said mode, leaving the public to speculate and possibly draw misleading conclusions. That is one...

Donate $2 and become an honorary Muckraker!
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Donate $2 and become an honorary Muckraker!

This month we’re holding a summer membership drive and we’re looking to recruit 500 new “muckrakers” who will commit to a $2 monthly donation to The Utah Investigative Journalism Project. Of course larger monthly donations are also welcome, and can easily be arranged by the click of a button through the PayPal link on our...

Utah Investigative Journalism Project Awarded Top Honors at State Journalism Competition
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Utah Investigative Journalism Project Awarded Top Honors at State Journalism Competition

  The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded The Utah Investigative Journalism Project several awards for 2018 reporting, including the state’s top investigative reporting prize at its annual banquet last night. Project founder and reporter Eric Peterson was awarded the Don Baker Investigative Reporting Award for the two part-series “Who Killed...

Own Your Democracy
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Own Your Democracy

There’s an old saying that “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its shoes on”—that was a saying true to the last century. Nowadays a lie has circled the globe dozens of times and been clicked, shared, liked, and re-shared again millions of times while the truth is...