Deagan Urbatsch

Deagan Urbatsch

Next Gen Reporter, Phoenix

Deagan Urbatsch is an Arizona native who expects to graduate in August 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in business studies. He covered business for Cronkite News in 2019.

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As deadline looms, Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans

PHOENIX — Some in Congress, with the support of Indian Country leaders, want to extend the Special Diabetes Program for five years and bump the yearly funding to $200 million from $150 million.


Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on

PHOENIX – As coronavirus ravages the Navajo Nation and other Native American communities, experts are worried about the effects on mental health, and they’re going online to address those concerns.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Some restaurants close again, masks in public remain optional despite rise in cases

PHOENIX – Despite a steady rise in cases and several business closures due to the pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey has not required Arizonans to wear masks in public.


Native American leaders determined to prevent repeat of last census undercount

PHOENIX – National and local organizations, including the Phoenix Indian Center, are working to ensure a more accurate count for Native Americans in the 2020 census.


Climate activists call for Phoenix, cities around the world, to declare emergency

PHOENIX - Climate change protesters congregated in Phoenix and other town halls across Arizona Friday, continuing #FridaysforFuture climate strikes.


To ease teacher shortage, pilot program in Tucson offers free tuition, $1,000 a month

TUCSON – The University of Arizona’s “Pathways to Teaching” program helps people who have already taken 60 hours toward a college degree finish studies that will lead to teaching certificates. Supporters say the pilot program is one small step to decrease teacher shortages and increase retention.


Protesters demand end to Phoenix police crime-suppression sweeps on light rail

PHOENIX – The nonprofit group LUCHA gathered in front of Phoenix Valley Metro headquarters in downtown Phoenix to demand it stop working with the Phoenix Police Department.


Manufacturing jobs now outnumber construction jobs in Arizona, Ducey says

PHOENIX – Jobs in manufacturing have now outpaced construction jobs in Arizona. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Tom Gilman spoke at Ping’s headquarters about the boom in manufacturing jobs over the past three years.


Census officials will work to accurately count all communities in 2020

PHOENIX – Census officials emphasized improvements in accuracy for 2020 to reduce historical undercounts of minorities.


‘Stop the Madness’ GOP rally criticizes AZ Dems for backing impeachment inquiry

CASA GRANDE – Arizona Republicans opposed to an impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Tuesday


Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say

PHOENIX – The voting rights of Native Americans in Arizona are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, Navajo and Gila River leaders said Tuesday at a congressional hearing in Phoenix.

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Global economist warns AZ business leaders of possible 2020 recession

SCOTTSDALE – Consumer spending is up and economic growth in Arizona and the rest of the U.S. is on the rise, but investor caution is one sign pointing to a potential recession in 2020, global economist Bernard Baumohl told Arizona business leaders.