Arlyssa Becenti is a Diné journalist with more than a decade of experience reporting on Navajo Nation. She recently placed first for Arizona Press Club’s community investigating reporting for her series on the illegal hemp and marijuana farms in Shiprock, New Mexico. She was also awarded Arizona Press Club’s 2020 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award for community reporting. Before joining The Arizona Republic, she reported for the daily Gallup Independent and weekly Navajo Times. She earned a masters in investigative journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.