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Journey to learn Mandarin Chinese from kindergarten to 8th grade gives global education

DEER VALLEY – Eighth-grade students at Gavilan Peak School in the northwest Valley have been immersed in Mandarin Chinese class since they were in kindergarten, even taking math and science classes in the complex language.

Qin Li teaching

In Mexico, loving the mountains to death

LA SIERRA GORDA, Queretaro, Mexico – The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve covers nearly 1 million acres that shelter 2,200 species of plants and animals, but ever-increasing numbers of people who come to visit can pose a major threat if not regulated carefully, activists worry.


Police Chief Jeri Williams calls community engagement critical to success

Police Chief Jeri Williams brings ‘different hats’ to her job, including deeply-rooted ties to the city.


About this project

"Racial Divide," an in-depth look at race and policing in Arizona, is the fall 2017 graduate student project for Cronkite News. The students spent the past three months collecting data from Arizona law enforcement agencies, conducting dozens of interviews and examining the role race plays in policing our communities.


Arizona law enforcement doesn’t reflect state’s diversity

WINSLOW – Despite national calls for more diverse law enforcement agencies, very few, if any, Arizona police departments reflect the demographics of the communities they serve - though diversity is not always their top priority.


Repercussions: How does lack of diversity affect policing?

PHOENIX – Arizona police departments don’t always reflect the racial diversity of the communities they serve, but experts disagree on the degree to which that makes a difference.


DHS backs new death records database despite concerns, delays

PHOENIX – Several Arizona funeral home directors say a new online system to process death certificates has led to delays in cremations and burials.

Messinger Mortuary coffin

Flake wants to back tax bill if it comes with DACA protections

WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake announced on Twitter his support for a tax reform bill if it included a “growth-oriented” solution for DREAMers, as well as the elimination of the “$85 million expensing budget gimmick.”


Venezuelan teens came to Arizona for basketball, but were left homeless

BUCKEYE - They were teenagers from Venezuela, drawn to Arizona’s Elite 1 Academy with hopes of playing college basketball or making it to the NBA.

Luis Velasquez and Robinson Dominguez

From disconnection to opportunity: Zip Code Project aims to reconnect the ‘disconnected youth’ of Arizona

MARYVALE — Teen pregnancy, difficult living situations, immigration status and mental or physical disabilities are some of the reasons young people in the United States become ‘disconnected.'

Christopher Dickenson addresses community leaders

Arizona theater company hopes to combat lack of deaf actors in media

PHOENIX — This isn't the first time Hollywood has been scrutinized for its lack of diversity and inclusiveness on screen. A recent study shows nearly all fictional characters with disabilities are portrayed by able-bodied actors. Movies like “Wonderstruck,” where hearing actress Julianne Moore plays a deaf character, show how the deaf community is underrepresented in mainstream media. However, it is not due to a lack of available deaf actors.

Detour Company Theater

Domestic violence: A deadly problem among Native American communities

PHOENIX — Kayla White was 12 years old that winter morning when her life was changed forever. On Jan. 2, 2009, White’s mother was killed by her father, becoming a victim of domestic violence.

Kayla White and her mother.