Arizona Storytellers: Rafael Carranza

By  KJZZ News
Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:42am

(Photo by Michael Chow- AZ Republic)
Rafael Carranza is a reporter at the Arizona Republic covering the U.S.-Mexico border.

KJZZ is partnering with the "Arizona Republic" to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them. Megan Finnerty is the creator of the series.


In 2009, Rafael Carranza landed his first reporting job on the Texas-Mexico border.

His parents wanted to meet his boss on the first day. At one point, Rafael’s mom, concerned for his safety, said in Spanish, “Tell them, that I don’t want them to send you to the border.”

Rafael was mortified, but his boss assured her that they wouldn’t send him to Mexico on a story.

One day, Rafael was covering a funeral. A police chief at the funeral told Rafael there was a shooting on the Mexican side of the border, so he decided to go. Traffic was stopped before he got to the border so Rafael spoke to a local police officer who told him the border was closed.

Rafael Carranza is a reporter at the Arizona Republic covering the U.S.-Mexico border. His mom is proud of him.

The next storytelling event is Wednesday, June 28 at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix.

To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit storytellersproject.com.

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