Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey represent courageous journalism at its best. Investigative news journalists have always been the target of corrupt people. Threats and intimidation are common problems encountered. It takes conviction of one’s beliefs to keep up the spirit of honest reporting, in the face of such challenges. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have staunchly stuck to their scruples and called out corruption in the form of former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pardon by president Donald Trump.
Joe Arpaio is the former sheriff of Maricopa region. He was well-known for his sadist approach to inmates during his time as jailor. He used torture, brutality as his methods for dealing with prisoners and indulged in acts against humanity as well. He created a tented area to house prisoners where the faced extreme heat conditions. Inmates were often denied necessary medical care and amenities.
Joe Arpaio was also biased against immigrants and racial minorities and often expressed his prejudice towards them. His cultivated approach of toughness and barbarity was brought to light several times by New Times reports.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey published about the shady real estate transactions of Joe Arpaio. Police officers soon arrested them for their bold news articles on Joe Arpaio. This arrest was a breach of democratic rights of these journalists and was resisted by the media.
The arrest was withdrawn. However, Larkin and Lacey counter-filed a case against Joe Arpaio. They later won the case and were given over 3. million dollars as compensation. They used this award money for the aid of the Hispanic population. This was done through the initiation of the Frontera Fund. These Hispanic sections had been unjustly targeted by Joe Arpaio and were victims of discrimination.
Lacey and Larkin have a long career in news publishing, spanning several decades. Michael Lacey entered the world of journalism in Arizona through his first publication called Arizona Times, which was rechristened as New Times soon after. The New Times was published once every week, starting in 1970. Jim Larkin from Phoenix joined Lacey’s team. Larkin’s entry helped New Times grow in numbers.
New Times continued to remain afloat even as other similar publications ceased to exist. New Times became a significant player in the world of journalism when they published a controversial piece on the alleged killing of a fellow journalist, Don Bolles. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
This news account catapulted New Times into a large scale publication with a renewed readership. The New Times not only publishes facts, but it also promotes art, music, food, and culture by giving these ample space on its pages.
The Phoenix New Times has now expanded into a widely read paper with several subsidiary periodicals, which include the LA Weekly and the Village Voice. The journalists of Larkin and Lacey owned publications have been the recipients of several awards over the years.
These include the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Pulitzer Prize, the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Livingstone Awards for Young Journalists, Journalist of the Year, and the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards.