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Stacey Barchenger
State Politics Reporter
Stacey is an award-winning reporter who has covered Arizona politics since 2021, focusing her attention on Arizona’s governor and attorney general. In 2022, she was on the campaign trail as Arizonans chose their next governor, Democrat Katie Hobbs, over Republican challenger Kari Lake. Her work has revealed loopholes in campaign finance law that allow officeholders to take money without telling the public about the source of funding and allow long periods without any public disclosure. She revealed Hobbs’ unprecedented fundraising from special interests for the 2023 inauguration, reporting that led to a state law that will limit such fundraising for future governors. Stacey’s 15-year career in journalism has spanned five states and many beats, from chasing breaking news in Oregon to covering politics in New Jersey.