ProPublica announced on Wednesday the addition of reporter Cassandra Jaramillo, who will join the national team reporting on threats to democracy. She will start Sept. 12.
Jaramillo comes to ProPublica from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she reported on the same topic for Reveal, a weekly investigative public radio show and podcast. She investigated True the Vote, one of the leading organizations pushing myths of voter fraud, and found that the nonprofit had engaged in a series of questionable transactions that sent more than $1 million combined to political insiders.
Jaramillo previously worked as a police reporter at The Dallas Morning News, where her coverage of the Dallas Police Department’s mistreatment of people during the George Floyd protests led to an independent investigation by the district attorney's office. In a deeper probe, Jaramillo exposed the failures in the police disciplinary system that led to a veteran police officer being granted impunity despite more than a dozen complaints over the course of his career. An earlier investigation by Jaramillo revealed how a Dallas police officer who was under investigation in a murder case continued to patrol the streets, raising questions about how the police department's top brass handled the accused officer’s case. Following those stories, the top police watchdog in Dallas called for new policies related to criminal investigations of officers.
Jaramillo is originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and was raised in Texas, where she will be based.