Dougherty Resume



John E. Dougherty III

Phoenix, AZ


[email protected]

Investigative Reporter
The Revelator
Jan. 2017-April 18, 2018

My stories include a four-part series on Hilcorp Energy Company and investigative features on Bears Ears National Monument, Cliven Bundy, Trump’s proposed offshore oil and gas plan, delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears a three-part series on collapsing wastewater infrastructure on the U.S.-Mexico border, and a story about Interior Secretary Zinke’s top aides.

InvestigativeMedia, LLC
Editor and Owner
Freelance Journalism
September 2006 to Present

The New York Times,, CBS News,
The Arizona Republic, High Country News, Phoenix New Times
and select private clients.

For several years, I served as the primary Arizona freelancer for The New York Times and covered high profile events including the trial of polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs.

I also produced two documentary films for a private client that is opposed to construction of the Rosemont Copper Mine in southeast Arizona. I have extensive experience in reporting on mining in the United States, Canada, Guatemala and Peru. In April, 2017 I was detained by immigration police and Peruvian National Police for screening my film Flin Flon Flim Flam to local communities. I was subsequently banned from re-entering the country. My case is on appeal.

I was named first runner-up for Arizona Journalist of the Year in 2014 for my reporting on the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  The stories appeared on my website and several were published in Phoenix New Times. I contributed on Yarnell Hill Fire stories for the New York Times.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix, Arizona
Staff writer 1993-2004
Staff columnist 2004 – 2006
March 1, 1993 – September 1, 2006

During the first 11 years as a feature writer I produced one major story a month ranging between 4,000 and 8,000 words plus one news short up to 1,500 words. My stories covered a wide range of topics including business, environmental, politics, government corruption, financial scandals, personality profiles, economic trends and land development.

Major investigations included the financial background of former Arizona Governor J. Fife Symington that uncovered widespread financial irregularities in his real estate business and unusual connections with a Mexican farmer who’s US visa had been suspended after cash was found in his jet. Symington was indicted and convicted on federal charges and resigned from office in Sept. 1997. He was later pardoned by President Clinton.

My investigation into fundamentalist Mormon polygamist Warren Jeffs exposed the widespread abuses in Colorado City, Arizona years before Jeffs was indicted on federal charges. The multi-part investigation exposed financial fraud through the government operations in Colorado City, including the public-school district. My probe also uncovered a genetic defect called fumarase deficiency spread by inbreeding that inflicted horrific birth defects.

During this period, I was named Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year twice and runner up twice.

In the early 2004, I started writing a news column and frequently reported on financial issues related to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. My reporting on Arpaio’s extensive land holdings that were hidden from the county’s Recorder’s records led to the sheriff and former Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas to launch a grand jury investigation into my reporting.

I won first place for column writing from the Arizona Press Club in 2006 and second place in the “Best of The West” contest. I resigned from New Times in September 2006.

The Southwest Sage
Flagstaff, Arizona
Founder, Owner, Editor and Publisher of a free weekly newspaper distributed in Northern Arizona
August 1, 1992 – February 28, 1993

I handled all aspects of producing the paper including editing, reporting, writing, photography, layout, designing and building ads, distribution and business operations. The Sage was named Arizona’s best weekly paper by the Arizona Press Club and my cartoonist won first place in editorial cartooning competing against all newspapers in Arizona.

East Valley Tribune
Mesa, Arizona
General assignment and political reporter
August 1, 1991 –July 31, 1992

I focused on the scandal erupting around Arizona Governor J. Fife Symington and his real estate business. I wrote a series of stories that foreshadowed the financial and political problems that would engulf Symington later in his tenure as governor. I was named Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year for my Symington coverage.

Half Moon Bay Review
Half Moon Bay, CA
Managing Editor and staff writer
August 1, 1990 — July 31, 1991

I edited all news copy, assigned art, wrote headlines, designed pages, reported and wrote stories, wrote editorials and conducted several major investigations of the city’s relationship with a non-profit farmer’s organization that held a multi-million-dollar arts festival each year. During my tenure, The Review was named California’s second best weekly newspaper.

Dayton Daily News
Dayton, Ohio
Business reporter/Environmental reporter
January 15, 1989 – August 1990

I covered banking and the automobile industry. I wrote a front page, Sunday story that was later credited during Senate Ethics Committee hearings for triggering the Keating Five investigation. I was an environmental reporter during the latter part of my tenure and completed a major computer-assisted project on toxic releases from Ohio industries that focused on the role of coal- fired power plants contributing to acid rain.

East Valley Tribune
Mesa, Arizona
Business reporter
April 1, 1988 –January 15, 1989

I wrote a wide range of stories about the collapse of the commercial real estate market and the Arizona thrift industry, including stories documenting major federal law suits filed against thrift executives.

The Phoenix Gazette
Phoenix, Arizona
Business reporter
June 1984 -April 1988

I primarily covered agriculture and water issues in Arizona. I focused on the widespread abuse of federal subsidy payments to corporate farmers, the degradation of millions of acres of grazing land by livestock interests and the complexities of Arizona’s water delivery system that is heavily subsidized by federal projects including the Central Arizona Project and hydroelectric power plants on the Colorado River. I also reported on the state’s high-tech industry and military bases.

The Washington Post
Washington, DC
September 1978 – March 1984.

Sports desk: I worked nights and weekends on the sports desk as a copy aide. I also
covered high school, college and amateur sports.

Financial Desk: I was a regular contributor to Washington Monday, the Post’s business news tabloid where I wrote on a range of topics from United Nuclear Corporations nuclear accident in New Mexico to the business interests of members of the 1972 Washington Redskins Super Bowl Championship team.

The State Press
Arizona State University
Staff reporter
August 1977-December 1977

Sports Editor
January 1977-May 1977


B.S. Journalism, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1978
B.S. Economics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1981


Inducted into The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Hall of Fame, Arizona State University


John Broder
Staff writer
The New York Times
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John Mecklin
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Jeremy Voas
Former Editor
Phoenix New Times
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Jon Talton
Former Business Editor
Dayton Daily News, Charlotte Observer, Denver Post
Financial columnist Seattle Times
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