AZCIR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to statewide investigative reporting
The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting is an independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to statewide accountability journalism in Arizona. AZCIR’s mission is to produce, foster and promote investigative journalism through original and collaborative reporting, public events and trainings, for the betterment of our communities.
We accomplish this through innovative, interactive and in-depth investigative reporting that incorporates data analysis and visualizations, multimedia gathering for publication in all news mediums and interactive digital content such as geographic mapping and spatial analysis. We publish our content digitally on AZCIR.org and through partnerships with Arizona news organizations.
AZCIR seeks to establish itself as a voice for investigative reporting in Arizona, serving as a content producer and collaborator, as well as an organization that highlights and discusses exceptional accountability journalism in our state. We are working to build an environment of collaborative investigative journalism, by which newsrooms can combine resources for greater impact. AZCIR will serve at the core of those collaborations, in addition to providing original content for statewide distribution.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDITOR
Brandon Quester is the co-founder of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, where he served as executive director and editor from 2012 through January 2017. In a short time and with limited resources, he built AZCIR into an award-winning newsroom, becoming a regional hub for original and collaborative accountability journalism that is best known for its deep reporting on important public policy issues in Arizona and the Southwest. He now works as Director of Data and Visuals for inewsource, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in San Diego, California.
Jude Joffe-Block is a Phoenix-based journalist. From 2010 to 2016, she covered border and immigration issues as a correspondent for Phoenix’s NPR station, KJZZ. Her stories have aired all over public radio airwaves, including on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and The World. Jude began her journalism career in Mexico City. She is currently co-authoring a book with Terry Greene Sterling about former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unprecedented immigration crackdowns, the Latino-led movement that organized against him and the legal battles that culminated in the historic Trump pardon. Joffe-Block is a New Arizona Fellow with New America.
Terry Greene Sterling is a Phoenix based journalist. Her work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Slate, The National Journal Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Salon.com, High Country News, Arizona Highways, and The Guardian. She’s the winner of 54 international, national and regional journalism awards, including three Virg Hill Journalist of the Year Awards, The Don Bolles Award for Investigative Reporting, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Greene Sterling is writer-in-residence and affiliated faculty at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She’s the author of “Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone,” and is currently coauthoring a book with journalist Jude Joffe-Block. The book, under contract with the University of California Press, tells the story of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unprecedented immigration crackdowns, the Latino-led movement that organized against him and the legal battles that culminated in the historic Trump pardon.
Valeria Fernández of Uruguay is a contributing journalist for AZCIR who brings more than a decade of experience as bilingual documentary producer covering Arizona’s immigrant community and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Her award-winning, independent reporting has taken her throughout the world, and has focused on topics ranging from migrant kidnappings to racial profiling. Fernández also contributes to CNN Spanish and Al Jazeera English, and has been published by newsrooms such as The Associated Press. In 2012, she produced the documentary “Two Americans,” which contrasts Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9-year-old U.S. citizen trying to stop her parents’ deportation. In 2014, she helped produce the international web documentary, “Connected Walls,” about life along the Arizona borderlands.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Adam Goodman, president and CEO of Goodmans Interior Structures, is the third generation to lead the family business. Following the tradition of innovation established by his father and grandfather, Adam has used his leadership roles to help Goodmans adapt to changing markets and anticipate opportunities for growth. Under Adam’s leadership, Goodmans has developed many innovative programs to give back to the community. These programs include Office Chair Hockey, Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy, AIM to Make a Difference, Rooted in Good, GoodInc, GoodART, GoodTHREADS and more. Adam has held leadership positions with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Phoenix, Young Presidents Organization, Phoenix Country Day School, CEO’s Against Cancer, Conscious Capitalism, the Jewish Community Association, First Place AZ, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Phoenix Symphony and Independent Newsmedia. Adam has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Paradise Valley with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children.
Josh Hoffner has worked at The Associated Press for 15 years in several senior-level editing jobs in New York City and Phoenix, including his current position as the AP’s Southwest News Editor. Previously, Hoffner worked on the national editing desk at AP headquarters in New York from 2001 to 2005 and then as NYC metro editor from 2005 to 2009. In New York, he directed coverage of stories from the Bernard Madoff and Eliot Spitzer scandals to the Sept. 11 aftermath. He also led the team of reporters that won the APME award for breaking news for its coverage of the Hudson River splashdown of a US Airways jet. Hoffner has been sent to lead coverage of major stories such as the 2006 Winter Olympics and domestic coverage of the 2004 election, including serving as an editor at the Republican National Convention in New York. He also co-authored a book on the Jodi Arias story with a fellow AP reporter. Hoffner and his wife, Anna Jo, live in Phoenix.
Brandon Quester is the co-founder of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, where he serves as Executive Director and Editor. In a short time and with limited resources, he built AZCIR into an award-winning newsroom, becoming a regional hub for original and collaborative accountability journalism that is best known for its deep reporting on important public policy issues in Arizona and the Southwest. Prior to his work with AZCIR, Quester focused his journalism career on issues such as children living along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. soldiers serving in Kuwait and Iraq and street children living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He also worked as the Multimedia Editor for the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a nationwide investigative journalism project headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. His work has appeared in news organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Center for Public Integrity.