Seeking Justice Fall Lecture Series 2021 - Laura Gómez
Laura Gómez — “Journalists Reporting on Justice: Who Pays the Price for Righting Wrongs?”
Join us on September 22 for the second event in our 2021 Seeking Justice in Arizona lecture series, “Journalists Reporting on Justice: Who Pays the Price for Righting Wrongs?” presented by Laura Gómez, an esteemed reporter for AZ Mirror. She will cover how journalists play a role in amplifying the voices of those who have been wronged. She believes that since journalists inform the public, they also have the right to demand change and accountability. From Manuel Melendres to Darnella Frazier, social justice is tied to narratives that journalists have the power to frame, and Gómez will cover what often goes underreported after the headlines become history.
Laura Gómez is an investigative journalist covering state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror. Previously, she worked for The Arizona Republic and La Voz Arizona. This year, Gómez won a first-place award for her coverage of the bogus arrests of Black Lives Matter protesters. She reported on charges that were quickly thrown out of court, which resulted in deportation proceedings for several immigrants (where two individuals were ultimately deported). In 2017, Laura traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to report on “The Wall,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning project produced by The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. Additionally, she was named Best Investigative Reporter by Phoenix Magazine in its 2018 newspaper category and has been honored by the Arizona Press Club for politics, immigration and education reporting as well as Spanish-language news and feature-writing. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, and lived in Puerto Rico and Boston before moving to Phoenix in 2014.
Wednesday, September 22 | 3–4:15 p.m. | Location: Bateman Physical Science Building - F Wing - Room 173