I was an un-willing "backseat baby." After four years of producing public radio, I've had to eat those adolescent complaints. It's good to be wrong sometimes.
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Tucson's largest school district is one of few in the Arizona with an in-house instrument repair shop. A small team of employees, volunteers –and one doctor– keep the district's more than 13,000 instruments in tune. Meet Ned Bloomfield. Produced for Arizona Public Media, February 19, 2016.
A summer 2015 Teamsters Union strike crippled the bus system for more than 60,000 riders in Tucson. Recently unemployed, but mobile, Lynne Knuckle's started offering rides to strangers on Reddit. Produced for Arizona Public Media August 13, 2015. This story was one of the most-read on AZPM's website for two weeks running.
Southern Arizona school districts travel across the country to find teachers and other staff to fill hundreds of vacancies. For some, the trips are a tool to find fresh talent, but others say it's not worth the investment because most new recruits leave the classroom in less than five years. Produced for Arizona Public Media March 25, 2015.
Construction technology students hone their skills on one of Vail's few remaining founding buildings. Produced for Arizona Public Media August 25, 2015.
What can you learn by listening to the sounds of a person’s day? What does a reporter learn in recording the unfiltered moments of her own life? This piece focuses on the research of Matthias Mehl, a University of Arizona psychology professor, who has spent almost 20 years decoding what candid moments of daily life can teach us. Produced for Arizona Public Media September 4, 2015.
What happens when you task someone with telling the story of another person, nine times their age? Meet the students of Vail Academy’s Through Our Eyes club. Produced for Arizona Public Media, April 1, 2016.
The conversation about education in Arizona is dominated by what goes on inside the classroom. But budget cuts have also made it more difficult to maintain school grounds. Produced for Arizona Public Media December 17, 2015.
A burgeoning group of Tucson residents is bringing traditionally rural practices to residential neighborhoods. In many cases, the city code hasn’t kept up. Produced for Arizona Public Media May 8, 2014.