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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I was one of the lead reporters when Arizona teachers walked out of the classroom into the largest strike in the state’s history last year. One highlight was focusing on the strike’s impact in a rural mining town. I returned one year later to see how the movement empowered teachers there to try and address a shortage of rural educators.
Arizona was one of at least seven states with a law that limited how educators could talk to students in public schools about LGTBQ relationships. I started covering this story in February. In March, legal rights groups sued the state on behalf of families and less than a month later Arizona legislators repealed the law. Produced for KJZZ and NPR February 2019- April 2019.
Helped found a Hearken-powered reporting project at KJZZ that uses questions from the community as the inspiration for stories. The project launched in August 2018 and is supported by the Community Listening and Engagement Fund. My first stories for the series include a history on Phoenix’s Indian School and a look at the future for land once part of the campus.
I love to collaborate. I pitched this story as an author interview for KJZZ’s public affairs program The Show and reported the accompanying feature about how the novel spurs conversations in Arizona classrooms. Produced for KJZZ March 14, 2019.
Phoenix veterans who fought in World War II organized what would come to be known as the first Latino American Legion Post in the country in 1945. Produced for KJZZ November 9, 2018.
“Arizona’s earliest residents grew teparies for thousands of years, but in recent history, the beans were at risk of shriveling into obscurity.” Produced for KJZZ February 13, 2018. This story also appeared on NPR.org.
This story was born from a call-out on social media. Veterinarian Rebecca Johnson told me “burnout is rampant and veterinary suicide happens all over the country, very frequently.” Research supported Johnson’s claims and veterinary schools are now trying to address these issues with their students. Produced for KJZZ November 4, 2017. Aired on NPR/WBUR's Here & Now.
The World Bank estimates the Dominican Republic will be one of the countries most affected by climate change in the coming decades. Rising sea levels could wash away the Caribbean nation's tropical beaches and the homes of its most vulnerable citizens. Produced for KJZZ April 12, 2017. Aired on NPR/WBUR's Here & Now.
There are some things you don’t put in the trash-- paint thinner, chemicals, an old car. That’s where hazardous waste drop-offs or scrapyards come in. But where do unwanted guns go? It’s not a simple or consistent process in Arizona. Produced for KJZZ November 7, 2017.
A broom. A brillo pad. Goat poop. These are all words young Dominican girls have used to describe pelo malo— bad hair. But what bad hair is really referring to is the kinky-curly hair many women there claim as their natural hair. Meet Carolina Contreras, a woman trying to change the conversation about beauty in the Dominican Republic. Produced for KJZZ April 11, 2017.
An Arizona native will received horse racing’s highest honor, an induction into the sport’s Hall of Fame. But Garrett Gomez wasn't there to accept the award. This profile grew from a news brief after the 44-year-old jockey died in December. Produced for KJZZ August 4, 2017.
Arizona invested $38 million into a new public education database to make keeping track of those students easier and more accurate. Now that progress is at risk of coming to a grinding halt.Produced for KJZZ February 7, 2017.
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.
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.