April 21, 2017: Cronkite News producer picks of the week

(Photo montage by Erica Apodaca/Cronkite News)

This week’s top Cronkite News stories include reporting on pet prosthetics, the LGBTQ homeless community, growth in the city of Buckeye and a big newsroom high five.

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Moving to Maricopa County, 222 people at a time

Reporter Kennedy Scott took us to the city of Buckeye, which – according to U.S. Census data – is the fastest-growing city in Maricopa County. Population figures have increased from 51,000 people in 2010 to an estimated 62,000 people in 2015. Read what residents have to say here.

No true count of homeless LGBTQ youth makes problem difficult to address

Young people who identify as LGBTQ experience homelessness more than their peers. Digital producer Emily Balli reported on the issue and shared personal stories from several young people who live at a local shelter. Click here to read their stories.


Experts: More pet owners turning to prosthetics to help increase mobility

Adriana Becerra reported on the heartwarming story of 4-year-old Terra, a Siberian husky mix who uses a prosthetic paw. Experts say there has been an increase in demand for animal prosthetics. Click here to read more.

From the broadcast: New composting facility bolsters Phoenix sustainability goals

Emma Lockhart reports on a new composting facility that is giving Phoenix residents an opportunity to make better use of organic waste. The facility comes as part of the City of Phoenix’s plan to achieve zero waste. Click here to watch the full video.

In Focus – Podcast Storytelling from Cronkite News

There are nearly 10,000 homeless people in the state of Arizona. On this episode of In Focus, we explore issues that especially affect two populations of homeless young people: pregnant women and those in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Click here to listen to the episode.

Educators in Arizona: Talk to us about the teacher shortage

Cronkite News is working on a story about the teacher shortage in Arizona. According to the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, there are 2,166 vacant teacher positions open statewide. Are you a teacher? Tell us about your experiences here.

Newscast highlights

This week’s top Cronkite News broadcast stories include coverage of aggressive town hall meetings, deadly drivers in Arizona and more. Watch the full video here.

Social media video of the week

The Cronkite News team celebrated #NationalHighFiveDay from the newsroom with this video created by our social team. Click here to see the tweet and watch the video.