ProPublica announced today that Robert Faturechi of The Los Angeles Times will be joining its staff on Aug. 25 as a reporter focusing on campaign finance.
In his reporting at The Times, which he joined in 2009, Faturechi exposed inmate abuse, cronyism, and wrongful jailings at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. His work helped lead to sweeping reforms at the nation’s largest jail system, the federal indictments of two deputies, and the resignation of the sheriff.
“I've admired ProPublica's commitment to aggressive but fair accountability reporting for years,” Faturechi said. “I can't wait to join the team.”
Before working at The Times, Faturechi was a reporter at the Sacramento Bee.
Faturechi grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 2008. As a reporter for the Daily Bruin, he won a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for stories based on emails and other internal documents showing that donors secretly paid $500,000 to $1 million to the UCLA School of Dentistry in order to get their children accepted.
“Campaign finance is one of the biggest stories of our time, and Robert’s fearless muckraking shows that he’s the right reporter to take it on,” said Robin Fields, ProPublica’s managing editor. “We look forward having him on board so we can continue to keep our political system accountable.”
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