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I was the first TIME reporter in Tucson to cover the tragic shooting deaths of six people and the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on January 8. This was an international story that generated considerable news coverage and analysis of why the shooting occurred.
The photo you saw is from the cover of TIME magazine for the week of January 24. The face is that of Jared Loughner, 22, the accused shooter. The coverline read, “Guns. Speech. Madness. Where we go from Arizona.”
I spent the first two days reporting from Tucson. I visited the shooting scene, interviewed Loughner’s neighbors, shot photos and filed stories from the driver’s seat of my Toyota 4Runner while using my cellphone as a wireless hotspot.
The following week I filed more stories about Giffords’ traumatic brain injury and the political fallout on Arizona’s gun culture. Here is the list of stories to which I contributed:
- What Motivated Giffords’ Shooter?
- Tragedy in Tucson: Details on Giffords’ Brain Injury
- The Face of the Accused: Jared Loughner Goes to Court
- After Tucson, Can Arizona Mellow Its Wild West Image?
Some of my original reporting was also included in other stories on TIME’s website and in the magazine, including this mention in the opening letter from TIME Editor Richard Stengel. (Many thanks to Mr. Stengel and to my editor, Howard Chua-Eoan.)