Elsa Hortareas
Elsa Hortareas El-suh Hor-tear-es (she/her)
News Broadcast Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Elsa Hortareas expects to graduate in December 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Hortareas has interned at Arizona PBS and Times Media Group in Phoenix.

Latest from Elsa Hortareas

COVID-19 vaccine for kids gets off to slow start in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Ten days after the FDA gave the final OK to COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as 6 months, health experts say response in Arizona has been tepid, with some parents hesitant and those who want their kids vaccinated having to search for available shots.


Arizonans join Giffords, others in Washington to rally for gun reform

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in a 2011 Tucson attack that killed six people and wounded 12 others, was one of several Arizonans in Washington this week to lobby for gun reform after the latest spate of mass shootings.


Bye, Bee: Prescott girl’s run through national spelling bee ends in finals

WASHINGTON - Aliyah Alpert predicted the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee would be harder than the first two days of competition. Turns out she was right. The Prescott 11-year-old bowed out of the finals in ninth place, but said she was thankful for the experience.


To bee, or not to bee: Prescott girl makes National Spelling Bee finals

WASHINGTON - A Prescott 11-year-old will compete in the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night, spelling words like nuciform and dyspathy over two days of competition to be one of just 12 finalists from the field of 229 that started Tuesday.


Flagging devotion: ‘Flags-In’ event prepares Arlington for Memorial Day

ARLINGTON, Va. - As an honor guard member, Airman 1st Class Connor Zierse spends his days at Arlington National Cemetery, but Thursday was different, The former Buckeye resident was there for the “Flags-In” ceremony, helping decorate the 260,000 graves ahead of Memorial Day.


Title 42 remains in place at border for now – as does the fight over it

WASHINGTON - Supporters of Title 42, the pandemic-era health rule used to turn away migrants at the border, welcomed a court ruling that blocked the White House plan to end Monday, but migration advocates said it only prolongs an "outright failure" of border policy.


‘Documented Dreamers’ fear deportation after aging out of visa protection

WASHINGTON - BASIS Peoria senior Ayaan Siddiqui, whose visa-holding parents brought him here at age 1, does not face deportation to India - yet. But like 200,000 other "documented Dreamers," he could when he turns 21, which is why he rallied for a bill to change that.