Connor Van Ligten

Connor Van Ligten

News Reporter, Phoenix

Connor Van Ligten is a California native who expects to graduate in spring 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. Van Ligten was a sports writer for The State Press and interned with The Arizona Republic covering breaking news.

Latest from Connor Van Ligten

Coronavirus sports roundup: ASU swimming’s decision to redshirt could have ripple effect

PHOENIX - Arizona State says every member of swimming/diving team will redshirt for 2020-21 season. Beloved Chandler coach dies. Diamondbacks react to Marlins positive tests.


Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water

PHOENIX - One in three Navajo Nation residents don’t have a sink or toilet, according to DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project. Chris Long and his foundation have pledged $100,000 to improve water access for the Navajo Nation.


The new FPS ‘Valorant’ is a big esports hit in Arizona schools

PHOENIX - The new FPS “Valorant” from Riot Games has made a big splash among the esports scene in Arizona. Members of collegiate esports organizations in Arizona discuss their thoughts on the game so far.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Phoenix City Council votes to mandate masks

PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council voted 7-2 to mandate face masks outdoors and in businesses in light of Doug Ducey’s decision to allow city councils to implement and enforce their own mandates.


Arizona Smash community faces challenge during pandemic

PHOENIX – Super Smash Bros. eSports tournaments in Arizona are on hold. That changes a gaming experience and community meant to be savored in person.


No reason to ‘make anybody uncomfortable’: NASCAR’s Bowman supports Confederate flag ban

PHOENIX – NASCAR drivers such as Alex Bowman and Bubba Wallace react to the banning of Confederate flags at all future NASCAR events


As tensions mount over Floyd death, coaches from high school to pros step out of comfort zone

PHOENIX – Arizona has many coaches of color. With the recent events, how do they address racial injustice with their players? Or do they ignore it entirely?