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Lucia Walinchus

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Lucia Walinchus is an award-winning journalist, author and ice hockey addict. She has written more than 500 articles for various publications throughout her career and was named a 2016 Fulbright Berlin Capital Program Scholar. She has been featured as a guest speaker on CNN and was a contracted freelancer for the New York Times. By investigating police practices throughout Oklahoma, she was able to write an exposé detailing how infrequently Oklahoma police fingerprint evidence, especially in rural areas, even if possession is an issue. For another story, she scoured 5,000 records to determine that Oklahoma City Landlords win 95 percent of contested case. For another story, she exposed a little-known law— still enforced in Oklahoma— that singles out full-blood Native Americans. Walinchus has a degree in Journalism from American University and a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law.