AP reporter based in Florida.
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Jason Dearen is a reporter and writer for the Associated Press whose work appears regularly in major publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Guardian. Dearen covers breaking and spot news, writes features, and conducts data-driven investigations on the environment, criminal justice, and technology. Dearen’s accountability journalism has led to policy changes at both state and federal levels. His investigation into a forgotten California mine leaking mercury into a rural community's water supply spurred a cleanup by the Environmental Protection Agency. His exposure of oil companies quietly fracking off the coast of California sparked new federal rules for reporting the release of fracking chemicals into ocean waters. His explanatory reporting on investment firms’ exploitation of public land grants for renewable energy projects led the Bureau of Land Management to cancel lease applications. Dearen was among a team of AP journalists whose work covering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 earned a George Polk Award. He was also among the AP team whose coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting won an APME award in 2017. Dearen is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.