A.J. Lagoe is the investigative reporter for 8News.
A.J.'s stories have uncovered fraud, opened police investigations, had convictions overturned, exposed sex offenders, targeted businesses ripping off customers and prompted legislators to write new laws. Those accomplishments that make our community just a little better are how A.J. measures success.
His stories have earned him numerous awards; he has received five Emmys including two for the regions "Best General Assignment Reporter" (2011 & 2012). In 2012, A.J. was a finalist for the Livingston award which recognizes the best journalist in the country under the age of 35. He has been recognized with eight prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards including one for his investigation uncovering widespread voter fraud. Citing "Superb investigative and storytelling skills" The Virginia Associated Press has presented him several times with their top reporting award. He's received more than two dozen AP awards including Best Investigative Reporting, Best In-depth Reporting, and Best Reporting in the Public Interest.
In 2011, A.J. garnered national recognition with a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his breaking news coverage and subsequent investigation into a mass shooting in Louisa County.
A.J. began his journalism career as a radio reporter for WSYR in Syracuse, N.Y. From there he moved on to WSTM-TV also in Syracuse. He joined 8News in February of 2004. During his time here A.J. has worn a lot of hats; from weekend anchor to noon anchor and even a stint helping out in the sports department.
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). Here in Virginia he loves being outdoors and is an avid hunter. His other hobbies include sampling Richmond's cuisine with his wife and watching the Yankees beat the Red Sox.
If you want to blow the whistle on government waste and corruption, or have the inside scoop on illegal or unethical activity, contact 8NEWS Investigative Reporter A.J. Lagoe. You can email him at email@example.com or follow and interact with him on Facebook or Twitter
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