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 reporting has led to criminal convictions for embezzling taxpayer money, exposed loopholes in the law allowing sex offenders to drive school buses, sparked Congressional and state legislative hearings, prompted new federal and state laws to be written, and multiple Inspector General investigations to be launched.

His reporting on veteran’s issues has resulted in 25,000 veterans across the country being offered care and benefits for traumatic brain injuries previously denied them by the VA, and led Congress to draft new laws to revamp the VA’s organ transplant program.

A.J.’s investigation Double Billing the Badge exposed how nearly every law enforcement agency in Minnesota had been ripped off for years on their purchase of squad cars in a sophisticated double billing scheme. As a result of that investigation more than $800,000 has been refunded to taxpayers.

His stories have earned him many of journalism’s highest honors, including The George Polk, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, IRE, and Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

He’s also received six National Headliners, 19 regional Emmys including three for “Best General Assignment Reporter,” and 16 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.

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.

He joined KARE after more than a decade working in 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.

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 ajlagoe@kare11.com or follow & interact with him on Facebook or Twitter.