KJZZ News

KJZZ News Director Peter O’Dowd finds something alluring about Phoenix and public radio, as if they have always been a part of his destiny.O'Dowd, who oversees all daily editorial direction of the KJZZ newsroom, took on the role of news director in February 2011, after serving as an assignment editor and reporter for the station since 2009.
April 27, 2012
KJZZ’s Managing Editor Al Macias is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.When he’s not investigating, reporting, producing or helping KJZZ News Director Peter O’Dowd determine which stories the news team should pursue, Macias helps oversee daily operations for the KJZZ newsroom and Fronteras: the Changing America Desk.
April 27, 2012
Mesa is moving ahead with plans to bring another college to that city. The Mesa City Council met Thursday to formally approve negotiations with Westminster College. The goal is to bring a branch campus of Westminster College to downtown Mesa by the fall 2013 semester.
April 26, 2012
The Mesa Arts Center is getting a $58,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As KJZZ's Terry Ward reports from Phoenix, the money will help fund the Center's 'Jazz from A to Z' program.TERRY WARD: 'Jazz from A to Z' promotes music courses for junior high and high school students, funds workshops for teachers and students and will sponsor a jazz festival next April.
April 26, 2012
Home prices are up, foreclosures are way down, and new home sales have spiked in the East Valley. That's according to the latest housing report from Arizona State UniversityPETER O’DOWD: The biggest surprise came in Gilbert, where new home sales in March outpaced all other sectors, including foreclosures and short sales, for the first time since the housing crisis began in 2008.
April 26, 2012
The Arizona House of Representatives narrowly rejected a move aimed at disbanding the police department in a polygamist town. A bill before the House would have created a process to replace local police agencies with the county sheriff’s department if at least half of its officers lost their law enforcement certifications during an eight-year span.
April 25, 2012
Hundreds of people marched in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon in protest of SB 1070. An SB 1070 protester in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez) The group gathered after the U.
April 25, 2012
The state legislature has approved a bill that would allow more employers to deny contraceptive coverage as part of their health benefits. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The original version of this measure would have allowed any employer to deny contraception.
April 25, 2012
Todd Walsh of Fox Sports Arizona and the Coyotes Radio Network talks about why this season of hockey has been different for the Phoenix Coyotes.Walsh says goaltending has made a huge difference for the Coyotes.
April 25, 2012
Phoenix Police Officer Stewart Martz is back on the job after undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation to treat Parkinson's disease. (Photo by Terry Ward - KJZZ)In November of last year, we did a story about Stewart Martz, a 42-year-old Phoenix police officer diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
April 25, 2012
Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, talks about the process of adding conditions to the list of ailments that can be treated by medical marijuana.Humble says in order to get conditions like PTSD, general anxiety,and migraines treated by medical marijuana, people have to go through a hearing process.
April 25, 2012
A bevy of political experts give analysis of the Supreme Court's reaction to SB 1070 and the arguments for and against it. They also discuss the political ramifications of supporting or overturning the bill.
April 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this morning about Arizona’s controversial anti illegal immigration law. A crowd of SB 1070 opponents outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. (Photo by Victoria Pelham - Cronkite News Service) A supporter of SB 1070 outside the U.
April 25, 2012
Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Arizona's tough immigration law commonly known as SB 1070. Some court observers felt that the justices appear to favor at least some of the state law.
April 25, 2012
(Tempe, AZ) - Brazilian trumpeter and flugelhorn player, Claudio Roditi talks to Blaise about the difference between the horns and how his records developed. Hear how love at first sight influenced his career.
April 24, 2012
(Tempe, AZ) - Brazilian trumpeter and flugelhorn player, Claudio Roditi talks to Blaise about the difference between the horns and how his records developed. Hear how love at first sight influenced his career.
April 24, 2012
Arizona will defend its controversial piece of immigration legislation before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. At issue is whether the state law complements or conflicts with federal law. From Phoenix, Devin Browne reports.
April 24, 2012
Maricopa County Public Health has announced the first recorded death of an infant from whooping cough since 2009.  According to the county health department, almost 700 cases of pertussis – or whooping cough – were recorded in 2011, a 40 percent increase over the previous year.
April 24, 2012
The state senate has voted to prohibit state money or contracts from going to organizations that perform abortions. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The bill would limit where public money for family planning could go: to state-owned health care facilities, hospitals, rural health centers and primary care physicians.
April 24, 2012

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