Arizona Storytellers: Alfredo Gutierrez

Published: Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:21am
Updated: Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:17am
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Former Arizona Senator Alfredo Gutierrez tells his story to Arizona Storytellers "Estamos Aqui/We Are Here" at South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center on March 31, 2016.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Alfredo Gutierrez is an immigration activist. For seven years he hosted a Spanish-language talk show in Phoenix. Many people would bring Alfredo purses, or IDs, or photos that had been found in the desert near the Arizona-Mexico border. Alfredo would describe the items on the air in hopes that someone would recognize them or confirm that they had made it across the border safely. One day, a man named Cesar came to the studio.

Alfredo Gutierrez is an author, immigration activist, former state senator and president of the Governing Board of the Maricopa Community College District.

The next storytelling event is Monday, July 11 at the Crescent Ballroom in Downtown Phoenix. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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