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Will Tucker

Investigative Reporter, Hearst Newspapers

Washington, D.C.

Will Tucker

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

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Lawmakers' trips to Baku conference raise ethics questions

Security guards were posted outside the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, the site of the 2013 conference organized by Houston businessman Kemal Oksuz. In May 2013, Richard Lugar, former U.S. senator and onetime chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, took the podium at a sleek, modern convention center in the capital of Azerbaijan and urged the U.S.
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Stockman's filings don't explain his income

Both as a candidate and as a congressman, Rep. Steve Stockman of Clear Lake has failed to make federally required disclosures about business affiliations that stretch from Texas to the British Virgin Islands, and has provided no details about the business he claims as his sole source of income. Stockman returned to office in 2013 after 16 years away from Congress - crediting a low-budget, come-from-behind campaign to which he claimed to have lent more than $100,000 of his own money.
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Stockman aide's ties to sales and nonprofit raise flags

A nonprofit corporation managed by Jason Posey, a longtime aide to U.S. Steve Stockman, made money on an unorthodox real estate deal shortly before Posey made prohibited donations to Stockman's re-election campaign.
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Chronicle exclusive: Campaign finances dog Stockman

Steve Stockman has fired two congressional staffers after disclosures that both made prohibited contributions to his campaign. The incident is the latest in a string of controversial episodes that have dogged Stockman's political campaigns over the past two decades. Both this year and in the 1990s, his campaigns were investigated for issues relating to campaign materials made to look like newspapers.
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About

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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Skills

  • Spanish
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Long-form editing
  • breaking news
  • Google Maps
  • Nexis
  • DocumentCloud
  • Social Media
  • Google Anayltics
  • PGP