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Ryan Gabrielson

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Ryan Gabrielson covers public safety for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a 2009-2010 investigative reporting fellow at UC Berkeley. His reporting on an in-house police force at California's board-and-care institutions for the developmentally disabled exposed how officers routinely failed to do basic work on criminal cases, including suspicious deaths. Previously, he was a reporter at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz. In 2009, he and Tribune colleague Paul Giblin won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that showed immigration enforcement by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office undermined investigations and emergency response. Ryan’s work has received numerous national and state honors, including two George Polk Awards, an Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. A Phoenix native, he studied journalism at the University of Arizona and began his career at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas.

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Recent Spotlight Articles

Head of California’s troubled developmental services agency to retire
For more than a year, Terri Delgadillo has dealt with revelations of egregious violence and shoddy investigations into crimes at the state's five board-and-care institutions for about 1,500 patients with cerebral palsy and other severe developmental disabilities.
California auditor: Developmental center police failed to protect patients
The in-house police force at California’s developmental centers has frequently neglected to interview victims of abuse, photograph crime scenes or collect statements from suspects and witnesses, according to a state audit released today that confirms the key findings detailed in a series by The Center for Investigative Reporting.
Police ignored, mishandled sex assaults reported by disabled
Developmentally disabled patients at California’s board-and-care centers have accused caretakers of molestation and rape 36 times since 2009.
Video: In Jennifer's Room
A young developmentally disabled woman just wanted to be left alone. What happened next shattered a family.
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