Ian McKinney
Ian McKinney(he/him)
News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Ian McKinney expects to graduate in May 2026 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. McKinney worked as a production intern for KJZZ’s “The Show.” He loves to try new things, is competitive and prides himself on helping other people succeed.

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Border sheriffs see more ‘load car’ drivers, teens paid to smuggle migrants

WASHINGTON - It's a "scary" trend that border county officials say is getting scarier: Mexican cartels paying teenagers from throughout the country to smuggle illegal migrants across the state as "load car" drivers.

‘Fake electors’ indictment charges GOP leaders with felony fraud, forgery

Eleven top Arizona Republicans were among 18 people indicted on felony fraud, forgery and conspiracy charges for their part in a plan to present themselves to Congress as the state's presidential electors and throw the election to Donald Trump.

State asks Supreme Court to reject new trial for Arizona death row inmate

WASHINGTON - State officials told the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday that a lower court gave too much weight to mitigating factors when it ordered a new sentencing for Danny Lee Jones in a pair of brutal 1992 murders in Bullhead City.

Biggs ready for his day in impeachment spotlight, even if it’s short-lived

WASHINGTON - Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, is ready, as one of the House managers for the trial, to tell senators that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be impeached. If he gets the chance: The Senate is likely to quickly dismiss the impeachment this week.

Shaman sidelined: Chansley among more than 70 to miss signature threshold

WASHINGTON - Jacob Angeli-Chansley, also known as the "Qanon Shaman," will not be going back to Congress - at least not in an official capacity. He was among more than 70 would-be federal candidates who missed an April 1 deadline for signatures to get on the ballot.

Tribal leaders seeking solutions to cartel crime, say they mostly got talk

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers wanted to talk about the problems of criminal cartels on Indigenous lands, but tribal leaders came to the House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing seeking solutions. Instead, they said, they left afraid it was just another "check-a-box-off" exercise.

Senators told of ‘alarming’ level of drone incursions at southern border

WASHINGTON - Cartels are sending as many as 1,000 unmanned drones across the border every month, sometimes smuggling drugs but more often probing the border for vulnerabilities, a Pentagon official told a Senate committee this month.

Affordable Care Act celebrates 14th anniversary following jump in enrollment, continuing political discord

PHOENIX – The Affordable Care Act just celebrated its 14th anniversary this month despite continuing differences in opinions between Democrats and Republicans about the landmark health care law.

Tribes, feds spar before Supreme Court over who pays for health care

WASHINGTON - The San Carlos Apache said Monday it is owed $3 million by the federal government for health services, one of two tribes arguing before the Supreme Court for more support, But the government said allowing tribes to claim additional costs would strap the system.

$1.2 trillion budget bill, racing against shutdown, funds more border security

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers on Friday advanced a $1.2 trillion package of budget bills that includes funding for 42,000 new beds in migrant detention facilities and for the hiring of an additional 22,000 Border Patrol agents.

Coconino official says improvements needed for federal wildfire assistance

WASHINGTON - A Coconino County official joined other witnesses who told a Senate panel Wednesday that there need to be improvements in the overlapping and sometimes confusing way federal agencies help local governments respond to crises like wildfires.

Arizona lawmakers split as House overwhelmingly OKs bill to ban TikTok

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split Wednesday as the House gave overwhelming, bipartisan approval to a bill that would ban use of TikTok in the U.S. if the owners of the social media app don't first sell it to another company.

Arizona lawmakers pan, praise Biden’s combative State of the Union address

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden gave a combative State of the Union address that laid out his achievements and baited Republicans for not doing more, a tone that did not sit well with Arizona's GOP lawmakers. Democrats, not surprisingly, praised both his tone and agenda.

Sinema won’t run again, decries system where ‘compromise is a dirty word’

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an independent, announced Tuesday that she will not run for re-election this fall, lamenting the current state of partisan politics where voters and lawmakers alike prefer to "retreat farther to their partisan corners."

Congress in action, or inaction? This Congress among the least productive

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers passed a last-minute budget extension Thursday to head off a looming Friday government shutdown - just the 40th law passed by this Congress, which is on pace to be the least productive in at least a half-century.

Going on offense over Defense spending: Biden touts benefits to states

WASHINGTON - As Congress weigh $95 billion in military aid for Ukraine and Israel, the Pentagon is reporting that defense spending in Arizona totaled $15 billion in fiscal 2022, making Arizona the 10th-biggest beneficiary of Defense Department support among states.

Two years later, Arizona lawmakers remain divided on Ukraine support

WASHINGTON - Two years after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, members of Arizona's congressional delegation remain just as divided as ever on what role the U.S. should play in the war as it enters its third year.

January sees sharp drop in border numbers after record-setting December

WASHINGTON - Border encounters plunged from record highs of more than 300,000 in December to 176,205 in January, a 42% drop that border officials attributed to enforcement efforts and a traditional seasonal drop - but few were confident that numbers will stay at this level.

State officials call for federal funds to protect election systems, workers

WASHINGTON - The federal government provides funds to make sure bridges and dams don't collapse - it should do the same for the nation's elections, a bipartisan group of Arizona officials said this week, calling elections an "egregious unfunded mandate."

State of Indian Nations is good, but could be better, speakers say

WASHINGTON - Tribal nations are seeing themselves represented more than ever before in the government, but they still need to make their voices heard more loudly at the ballot box, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday.

As Arizona Supreme Court weighs abortion law, both sides brace for ruling

WASHINGTON - It’s been nearly two months since the Arizona Supreme Court heard arguments over the state's abortion law, and its ruling could all but ban abortions in the state or allow them to continue up to 15 weeks. Both sides said they are bracing for that ruling - and waiting.

Border bill includes funds for local communities, along with Ukraine, Israel

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan immigration reform bill unveiled in the Senate late Sunday includes $1.4 billion to help border communities grappling with the migrant surge, in addition to funding for Ukraine and Israel. But it faces an uphill battle to approval in Congress.

Sinema’s lackluster fundraising quarter raises eyebrows over campaign hopes

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema raised a fraction of what her leading challengers brought in in the last quarter of 2023, raising new questions about her chances in what could be a bruising, three-way race.

Brnovich says states can take border action; Democrats pan ‘crackpot’ theory

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told a House panel that states have a constitutional right to secure their borders if the federal government - an argument that critics at the hearing derided as an unconstitutional "crackpot legal theory."

As immigration debate heats up, migrant encounters in December set record

WASHINGTON - Border officials said they encountered more than 300,000 migrants at the southern border in December, a one-month record that pushed the total for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 to 785,422. It comes as debate on immigration heats up in Washington.

DeWit quits, Trump bails, rally’s cut: It’s been a week for Arizona’s GOP

WASHINGTON - The chairman was ousted over the leak of an embarrassing audio tape, former President Donald Trump backed out of a rally that had to be canceled on the eve of the party's annual meeting. It's been a week for the Arizona Republican Party.

Affordable Care Act enrollment hit record highs in Arizona, U.S. in 2023

WASHINGTON - Affordable Care Act enrollment surged to new highs in Arizona and the nation in 2023, as people shifted away from pandemic-era health coverage and the Biden administration continued to push for the program.

Roe is gone, but Arizonans still join abortion opponents marching in D.C.

Arizonans were among the thousands who turned out on a snowy Friday for the 51st March for Life, an anti-abortion rally held to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Roe was reversed in 2022, but the fight has moved to states and the march goes on.

Navajo president calls for new VA medical, benefits centers at House hearing

WASHINGTON - Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren called on lawmakers Thursday to put Veterans Affairs medical and benefits centers on the reservation to help deliver services that he said Indigenous veterans have earned but often cannot access.

Supreme Court considers right to face accusers in Yuma drug case

WASHNGTON - Supreme Court justices grappled Wednesday to decide when testimony from an expert crosses the line into evidence that a defendant should have the right to challenge in court, a question that arose in a Yuma County drug case from 2019.