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Being ‘my own role model’: Normalizing mental health care in the AANHPI community

PHOENIX – People in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities face various barriers to accessing mental health care, including cultural stigmas and limited cultural competency from providers. Despite barriers, people within these communities are working to normalize conversations around mental health.

Shela Yu, a Phoenix-based artist, in her studio space on Nov. 30. Yu was raised in Mesa. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

‘We’re mentally soft’: Arizona State struggles, Arizona thrives in Jerry Colangelo Classic

PHOENIX – The opportunity to showcase their teams' talents on an NBA stage – Footprint Center – failed spectacularly for the Arizona State men's basketball team but worked perfectly for Arizona Wednesday night in the Jerry Colangelo Classic.

Adam Miller exemplified Arizona State's struggles from the field against Northwestern, as he finished the game 1 of 10. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

A home away from home: ASU women’s tennis international athletes find net gains in the Valley

PHOENIX – The roster for the ASU women’s tennis team includes eight out of nine international students. Through culture changes, living away from home and missing family, they are appreciative of the opportunities they have in the United States.

The ASU women's tennis team, featuring talent from around the world, proves that diversity is its strength on and off the court. (Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics)

Survive and advance: Phoenix Suns win tiebreaker, eye NBA In-Season Tournament knockout round

PHOENIX – Advancing to the knockout round, the Suns will play the Lakers in the quarterfinals of the NBA's innovative in-season tournament. This bold move by the league aims to intensify competition in the early stages of the season, with new courts, jerseys and financial incentives.

Booker with the lay-up

ASU football seeks Territorial Cup redemption in bid to spoil UArizona’s Pac-12 title pursuit

TEMPE – Amid high stakes and fierce rivalry, the 97th Territorial Cup between ASU and UArizona looms large. ASU seeks redemption in a challenging season, facing the Wildcats’ resurgence in a bid for Pac-12 contention. With ESPN's spotlight and national viewership, the duel promises intensity and pride in this iconic clash.


‘This is who we are’: GCU men’s and women’s basketball hope to emerge as national threats in pivotal season

PHOENIX – GCU men’s and women’s basketball have had quick journeys to national prominence. Now they hope to use their recent momentum to reach new heights in their respective 2023-24 seasons.

GCU men's and women's basketball players on the court.

End of an era: Ray Anderson resigns as athletic director of ASU

On Monday, Ray Anderson announced his resignation as the vice president of university athletics at Arizona State, effective immediately. It was a decision that many fans supported.

Arizona State parted ways Monday with athletic director Ray Anderson, who said, “We have entered an unprecedented era where the number and magnitude of changes in the college sports landscape are astounding.”

Arizona activists work to hold the criminal justice system accountable through court watching

PHOENIX – Activists with Mass Liberation Arizona have attended the state’s high-profile police brutality and racial discrimination cases – including hearings for former Maricopa County Attorney’s Office prosecutor April Sponsel – to support marginalized defendants and make their presence known to attorneys and judges.

Matt Aguilar takes notes while listening to April Sponsel’s disciplinary hearing on Oct. 23, 2023. Aguilar is part of Mass Liberation Arizona, a watchdog group that focuses on the criminal justice system. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Gowan, other officials come to Washington to plead for border action

WASHINGTON - In years living near the border, Arizona Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, said he has never seen immigration as bad as it is now. That was the message Gowan and local officials from across the country hoped to press on members of Congress this week.


Phoenix to ramp up police presence as World Series, Halloween, Suns game converge

PHOENIX – Spectators can expect a spooky parking situation, increased police presence in downtown Phoenix on Halloween, as both the World Series and a Phoenix Suns game will be happening on the night known for trick-or-treaters. How will the city handle the crowds, cars and costumes?

Downtown Phoenix will host Game 4 of the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Texas Rangers, along with a Phoenix Suns basketball game Tuesday. It’s also Halloween. (Photo by Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Rising forward Panayioti ‘Panos’ Armenakas seeks fresh start in Valley after frustrating years in Europe

PHOENIX – Panayioti ‘Panos’ Armenakas was recruited as a 7-year-old by some of the best soccer clubs in the world. After several up and down years in Europe, Armenakas joined Phoenix Rising, determined to get his career back on track.

From early stardom to a key member of the playoff-bound Phoenix Rising, Panayioti ‘Panos’ Armenakas maintains his competitive drive on and off the field. (Photo by Philippe Crochet/Photonews via Getty Images)

Spanish-language therapy is becoming harder to find in Arizona, even as the Hispanic population grows

PHOENIX – Spanish language therapy and culturally responsive mental healthcare are becoming more scarce in Arizona as the Hispanic population grows. Chicanos Por La Causa is one nonprofit organization working to fill the gap.

A mural of a Hispanic family emblazoned with the popular Spanish phrase “Sí, se puede,” welcomes visitors at Chicanos Por La Causa’s Centro de la Familia in Phoenix on September 13, 2023. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)