Knight Science Journalism Fellow @ MIT. AP Correspondent.
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Jason Dearen is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and reporter and writer for the Associated Press. His work for AP appears regularly in major publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Guardian. Dearen covers breaking 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 work exposing flooded toxic waste sites in Houston during Hurricane Harvey exposed inaction by the Trump administration's EPA during the storm and led to a $115 million cleanup commitment for a site in the San Jacinto River and was a finalist for a 2018 IRE-NICAR award in investigative breaking news. Dearen was among a team of AP journalists whose work covering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 earned a George Polk Award. His narrative story about the final hours of the doomed cargo ship El Faro won the 2018 APME award for feature writing. Dearen is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.