Ric Stevens is a Multimedia Journalist specialising in Open Justice reporting at Hawke's Bay Today.
I have worked in journalism for about 40 years, including as a political reporter at Parliament and in senior roles at a number of daily newspapers. In the course of my career I have met 10 prime ministers and covered topics as diverse as riots, earthquakes and murder trials, among many other things. I stepped aside from daily journalism for a while in 2016 to complete a master's degree and then found myself working for four years on the front line of the criminal justice system, as a probation officer. This has helped inform my current reporting on crime and justice. I was delighted to be able to come back to journalism as a member of NZME's Open Justice team in 2022.
Murder at the Racecourse Hotel: Can a 90-year-old cold case be solved today?
Inspector clears up detective grandfather's unsolved cases.
Notorious gang member faces lengthy prison sentence after violent assault on elderly man
Mobster Puk Kireka kidnapped partner and attacked good samaritan.
Police raid several properties in meth ring crackdown
People arrested include patched members of the Mongrel Mob and associates.
Police actions in shooting and wounding armed carjacker 'justified'
One officer's shot wounded a man who had a pistol pointed at a carjacked driver's head.
Do not approach high-risk violent and sexual offender, police warn
Criminal history includes kidnapping, rape and wounding with intent to injure.
'Very high risk' violent sex offender on the run after cutting off ankle bracelet
Leslie Peter Ross' history includes kidnap, rape and wounding with intent to injure.
Nigerian man who played 'vital role' drug smuggling cartel wants to stay in NZ
He claims deportation will separate him from his Australian-based daughter.
'I miss her hugs, her kisses' - Mum of six stabbed to death in Napier sleepout
The man who stabbed Arohaina Henare to death has been jailed for life.
Murder at the Racecourse Hotel: Unused pillow provides clue in cold case
Shot man's widow claimed to have been asleep in bed alongside her husband.