Cronkite News is the news division of Arizona PBS, the world’s largest media organization operated by a journalism school. With reporting bureaus in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, we deliver important, impactful Arizona news to 1.9 million homes and news organizations across the state.

Cronkite News is a product of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The school has 15 full-time editors/professionals and more than 120 students who produce daily news content on TV and digital platforms for Arizona audiences. They pitch story ideas, get assignments and report and produce multimedia stories on deadline under the direction of professional editors for Cronkite News – all while meeting the expectations of this professional news organization.


Phoenix bureau: 602-496-5050 or [email protected]
Washington, D.C., bureau: 202-684-2400 or [email protected]
Sports desks: 602-496-5020 or [email protected]


Mark Lodato, associate dean and associate general manager, Arizona PBS: 602-496-9415 or [email protected] | @marklodatoasu
Christina Leonard, executive editor for Cronkite News: 602-361-5893 or [email protected] | @caleonard
Sadie Babits, content director for sustainability: 208-409-5437 or [email protected] | @sadiebabits
Paola Boivin, director for digital content, Phoenix sports bureau: 602-496-5233 or [email protected] | @PaolaBoivin
Christy Bricks, executive producer for broadcast: 602-908-8150 or [email protected] | @christybricks
Steve Crane, director for Washington, D.C., bureau: 202-684-2398 or [email protected] | @cnscrane
Heather Dunn, content director for education, government and justice: [email protected] | @heatherdunn12
Valeria Fernandez, director for Noticias: 480-414-0826 or [email protected] | @valfernandez
Jim Jacoby, director for studio production: 602-496-7313 or [email protected] | @J_Jacoby
Venita Hawthorne James, content director for consumer, health, money and social justice: [email protected] | @venitajames
Brett Kurland, director for Phoenix sports bureau: 602-496-5134 or [email protected] | @brettkurland
Frank Mungeam, director of TV news innovation: [email protected] | @frankwords
Eric Newton, innovation chief: [email protected] | @ericnewton1
Vanessa Ruiz, content director for borderlands: 602-496-8300 or [email protected] | @vanessaruiznews
Lori Todd, director for digital production, photography and social media: 954-684-8639 or [email protected] | @loritodd


News reporters: News broadcast, digital and audio reporters are assigned to teams covering one or more of our content areas: Borderlands, Money, Gen Now, Politics, Social Justice and Sustainability.

Sports: The sports bureau covers professional, college and high school teams across metro Phoenix, and major sporting events in Arizona.

Digital producers: The digital production team handles all things visual for the Cronkite News website. This includes data visualization, web production and design, social media, photography and web video.

Broadcast and studio producers: The newscast producer team coordinates all editorial aspects of the Cronkite News broadcast content, selecting stories, preparing presentation plans for reporters, writing scripts, creating graphics, editing video and managing the talent for the newscasts on Arizona PBS and our Facebook Live updates.

WASHINGTON BUREAU: The bureau covers Arizona issues from the nation’s capital.