A.J. Lagoe joined KARE 11 to help launch the investigative team in June of 2014.
Stories that make our community a little bit better place to live are his passion.
During his time at KARE, A.J.’s stories have led to criminal convictions for embezzling taxpayer money, exposed loopholes in the law putting children at risk, sparked Congressional hearings and Inspector General investigations. His most important stories to date resulted in nearly 25,000 veterans across the country being offered care and benefits previously denied them by the VA.
A.J. joined KARE after more than a decade working in Richmond, Virginia. During his time in the Commonwealth, his stories uncovered fraud, opened police investigations, cleared the names of those wrongfully accused, exposed sex offenders preying on kids, targeted businesses ripping off customers and prompted legislators to write new laws.
His stories have earned him numerous awards, including one of investigative journalism’s highest honors; The IRE Award in 2016 for KARE 11’s investigation that exposed the Department of Veterans Affairs using unqualified doctors to diagnose veterans suspected of having brain injuries.
In 2011, the Society of Professional Journalists presented A.J. with a Sigma Delta Chi Award for his breaking news coverage and subsequent investigation into a mass shooting in rural Virginia. He’s also received three National Headliner Awards, ten regional Emmys including three for “Best General Assignment Reporter,” and 13 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
In 2012, A.J. was a finalist for the Livingston award which recognizes the best journalist in the country under the age of 35.
Citing "Superb investigative and storytelling skills" The Virginia Associated Press presented him four years in a row with their top reporting award. He’s received more than three dozen AP awards including Best Investigative Reporting, Best In-depth Reporting, and Best Reporting in the Public Interest.
A.J. began his journalism career as a radio reporter for WSYR in Syracuse, N.Y. From there he jumped to TV at WSTM also in Syracuse and later moved to WRIC in Richmond, Virginia.
A.J. has a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University and still closely follows the Orangemen. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the globe (if you've got a while ask him for the list of countries he's visited). He loves being outdoors and is an avid hunter.
If you want to blow the whistle on government waste and corruption, or have the inside scoop on illegal or unethical activity, contact Investigative Reporter A.J. Lagoe. You can email him at email@example.com or follow & interact with him on Facebook or Twitter.