Will Tucker

Investigative Reporter, Hearst Newspapers

Washington, D.C.

Will Tucker

Caught up in the current of journalism, the daily opiate of the restless.


FEMA on the ground in Alabama

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's first wave of responders is on the ground in areas across Alabama, according to FEMA spokesperson Tim Tyson. The second wave, Tyson said, is currently being scheduled for arrival.
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Twitter played key role in days following tornado | The Crimson White

ABC 33/40 weatherman James Spann would have you know he's no genius-he just had an idea that worked. Spann, a self-proclaimed social media geek, said he did indeed start the Twitter hashtag "WeAreAlabama." "I remember that when Nashville had really bad flooding a year ago they used the phrase 'We Are Nashville,'" Spann said.
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EMA: Credentialing volunteers to begin Saturday | The Crimson White

The Tuscaloosa Police Department is starting to turn away volunteers who don't have a clearly defined mission in most affected areas. However, those with a clear mission don't necessarily need a wristband to access those areas, according to volunteer coordinators at St. Matthias Episcopal Church on Skyland Boulevard.
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Department chairs check in with students

On Monday, the City of Tuscaloosa provided a missing persons list-the first of its kind from the city since the storm on April 27 tore through the area. "I don't think we can get this list all the way down to zero," Mayor Walt Maddox said in a Monday press conference.
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Greeks organize relief efforts

The Delta Kappa Epsilon Psi Chapter on the University of Alabama campus began asking for frozen foods-anything that can be baked, heated, or cooked-from other fraternity houses and the community to help the fraternity's disaster relief effort on Friday, junior fraternity member Patrick Morris said Friday morning.
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Saban, Community Service Center address student volunteers

Word of mouth and social media led about 300 volunteers, including Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, to the Ferguson Plaza at 10 a.m. Thursday, despite the fact that no official University meeting was actually planned.
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Will Tucker

As Hearst Newspapers' first investigative fellow, I've become fluent in the use of open records requests, the DOJ’s FARA database, Congressional disclosure records, Lobbying Disclosure Act records and Nexis. I've investigated international lobbying and NGOs, Congressional ethics violations, tax-exempt organization abuse and campaign finance.

At the University of Alabama, I served as editor-in-chief of The Crimson White, the University community's daily newspaper with a print circulation of 15,000 and an average 130,000 web sessions per month. For my work directing the coverage of hazing in UA's fraternities and racial segregation in UA's sororities, the Southeastern Journalism Conference named me Journalist of the Year in February 2013. For my team's work covering a shooting near the University in July 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded us a first-place national Mark of Excellence.

And, in March 2014, the Columbia School of Journalism awarded me and the Crimson White team I led a Gold Crown, a major college journalism prize.

My résumé and personal recommendations available upon request. For anything--tips, comments, opinions on college football--drop me a line at wjtucker1 at gmail dot com; talking to people is my job. (You can find my PGP key beneath the photo to the left.)



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