Sunday Speaker – Michael Kiefer: Poorly Executed, Death Row Executions in Arizona

Michael Kiefer answers the questions he's asked most often as a reporter covering death row and executions in Arizona.

Sunday Speaker Topic:
Poorly Executed, Death Row Executions in Arizona

What does execution look like? What does it feel like? What gets someone there? What did Michael witness as an observer? What could ever go wrong? And… What about the victims?

Michael Kiefer was a reporter at The Arizona Republic/USA Today from 2003 to 2019, covering courts and legal issues, especially as they pertain to immigration and the death penalty. He was part of a team that won the 2015 Hillman Prize for reporting on unaccompanied minors held in immigration camps near the Mexican border. Kiefer followed the court battles over Arizona state immigration law since their inception, and wrote an expose of prosecutorial misconduct in Arizona as part of a John Jay College/Guggenheim fellowship. He led coverage on the trial of celebrity killer Jodi Arias and was one of a handful of journalists to interview her. He reported on the legal proceedings for Jared Loughner, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson that left six people dead and seriously injured former U.S Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; some of that reporting fit into a series that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Kiefer broke the story that Arizona and other states were illegally buying drugs from Europe to carry out executions and witnessed the 2014 two-hour-long botched execution in Arizona. His reporting on erroneously imposed life sentences rewrote Arizona law. Michael has reported extensively from Europe and North and South America. A former staff writer at Phoenix New Times and a former associate editor of Outside magazine, his features, essays and profiles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Self, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. Kiefer has taught Spanish, writing and journalism at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, The University of Michigan, Columbia College and Roosevelt University in Chicago. He speaks Spanish, Italian and French and is the author of eight books.

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April 21st, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
MESA, AZ 85201-4009
United States