Emma VandenEinde
Emma VandenEinde EH-muh VAN-din-ine-dee (she/her)
News Reporter, Phoenix

Emma VandenEinde expects to graduate in May 2022 with a master’s degree in journalism. VandenEinde, who has reported for Cronkite News and KJZZ, produced for Arizona PBS and edited ASU Thrive magazine, is working in the Phoenix News Bureau.

Latest from Emma Vandeneinde

With rising COVID cases, advice on how to stay safe during the holidays

The executive director of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute urges caution around holiday gatherings as COVID cases continue to increase.

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Why Verde River sediment reduces water storage capacity

Sediment in the Verde River continues to pile up behind Horseshoe Dam north of Cave Creek, reducing the amount of water the reservoir can store. Water experts are considering raising the height of Bartlett Dam, which is further downstream, as a possible solution.

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The pandemic blew up home gardening, but will the trend wither on the vine?

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Americans to take on new hobbies. Gardening was one of the hottest trends of the year.


Great American Seed Up promotes seed regeneration in Phoenix communities

Across the nation, many people flocked to gardening as a way to stay busy and grow food during the COVID lockdown. As the world starts to adjust back to normal, local seed groups and urban farm partners are finding ways to encourage sustainable seed preservation in the community.


Arizona Supreme Court unanimously rules the legislature violated the state’s constitution

Within two hours of hearing arguments, justices on the Arizona Supreme Court agreed that the legislature violated the state’s constitution by including new laws that ban masks in schools.


Persistent drought expected for Arizona

The headline from NOAA, and climate researchers is that the Southwest is still experiencing drought conditions which will persist in coming months.


Arizona farmer faces water shortage, struggles to grow crops amid drought

Nancy Caywood has worked on her grandfather’s farm in Pinal County since she was young. She should have a full field of alfalfa, but since the San Carlos Irrigation District shut off her water due to the drought, her fields are empty and dry.


Tucson Police Chief Chris Mangus finally gets Senate confirmation hearing for CBP post

The nomination of Chief Chris Magnus to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection got its first hearing.


New tool monitors water loss across the West

NASA launched a new program called OpenET and it monitors the loss of water across the western U.S.

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Pinal County farmer struggles to grow crops with less water

CASA GRANDE – Nancy Caywood has worked on her grandfather’s farm in Pinal County since she was young. She should have a full field of alfalfa now, but since the San Carlos Irrigation District shut off her water because of drought, her fields are empty and dry.


This succulent found in Arizona is extremely rare, listed as ‘threatened’

Bartram’s stonecrop, a succulent that’s found in the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona and northern Mexico, is being listed as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act, which will give it certain protections, starting Sept. 30.


New estimates show Colorado River levels falling faster than expected

New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach "critically low reservoir elevations" sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that "bold actions" will be needed to change course.


Succulent in Arizona’s sky islands listed as ‘threatened’ under Endangered Species Act

Bartram’s stonecrop is a rare succulent native to southern Arizona and northern Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will officially list it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act this week.


Maricopa election probe is complete, but fight may just be starting

WASHINGTON - After months of work and millions of dollars, the contractors investigating Maricopa County's elections were able to answer one question Friday - President Joe Biden did win. Otherwise, they spent hours raising questions and calling for more investigation.


New estimates show Colorado River levels falling faster than expected

WASHINGTON - New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach "critically low reservoir elevations" sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that "bold actions" will be needed to change course.


Climate advocates, lawmaker urge Sens. Sinema and Kelly to support Biden budget plan

PHOENIX – Arizona’s senators are being urged to support the “Build Back Better” budget to provide funding for clean energy initiatives and jobs to address the effects of climate change as extreme heat becomes more common.


ASU professor uses art to educate Latinx community about COVID

PHOENIX – An Arizona researcher is blending research and art to help educate the Latinx community about COVID-19.


House OKs bills easing path to citizenship for undocumented residents

WASHINGTON - The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farmworkers.


Dreamers in Arizona have mixed feelings about Biden’s immigration plan

PHOENIX – Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have mixed feelings about the immigration plan outlined by President Joe Biden.