Kristina Davis joined The San Diego Union-Tribune in 2006 as a crime and public safety reporter and now covers federal courts and criminal justice issues. Raised in Tucson, Ariz., Davis began her career at Phoenix’s two daily newspapers after graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism. She has gone on countless police ridealongs, spent 24 hours with a firefighting crew, trained with snipers and been shot with a Taser (yes, it hurt!). Her toughest assignment? Completing a grueling two-week SWAT academy alongside 60 officers. Her reporting has earned her several first-place journalism awards for breaking and criminal justice news in San Diego and Arizona, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best in Show for her 2009 story on using live pigs for military combat casualty care training.