Kate Duffy
Kate Duffy(she/her/hers)
News Reporter, Phoenix

Kate Duffy expects to graduate in May 2024 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication with minors in English literature and digital media literacy. She has written and edited for The State Press and interned at PHOENIX Magazine, The East County Californian and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Latest from Kate Duffy

Gardening helps protect threatened bees in Arizona

PHOENIX – Urban expansion limits bees’ habitat options, putting more space between the bees and the water and food sources they need access to. But community members can attract native bees to their gardens and help them thrive by planting native, desert-acclimated wildflowers.

At the 2023 Arizona Honeybee Festival in November, put on at Paradise Valley Community College by the Arizona Backyard Beekeepers Association, beekeepers shared advice with community members on how to support Arizona’s bees. (Photo by Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

ADEQ proposes framework for converting wastewater into purified drinking water

PHOENIX – Recently, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality released a proposed roadmap outlining plans to convert treated wastewater into purified drinking water. The Advanced Water Purification Program roadmap establishes and explains the technical standards to which purification technology will be held.

Water drips from faucets at an artistic reclaimed water display in front of the Scottsdale Water Campus. (Photo by Kate Duffy/Cronkite News)

Vintage resale: Sustainable business endeavor grows for fashion enthusiasts

PHOENIX – Vintage reselling has become a popular full-time job for fashion enthusiasts in the past few years, and vintage markets have become a destination for young shoppers hoping to lessen their environmental impact by avoiding fast fashion.

When selling at pop-up markets, vendors can personalize their shops to reflect their own style. “Where I feel like a lot of people go wrong is they try to sell stuff that they don't care about,” says Isaiah Barajas, co-owner of Ivory House Vintage Shop. “Then you just fall out of love with it.” (Photo by Kate Duffy/Cronkite News)

Arizona Purple Star pilot program kicks off with four schools supporting military families

GOODYEAR – Great Hearts Trivium Preparatory Academy, Luke Elementary School, Millennium High School and Dreaming Summit Elementary School are the first in a Purple Star pilot program launching in Arizona. The Purple Star designation is for schools with programs dedicated to supporting military-connected children in their education and social-emotional development.

Chris Wright, military liaison and third grade teacher at Great Hearts Trivium Preparatory Academy in Goodyear, speaks about the Purple Star Schools program, on Nov. 21, 2023. (Photo by Kiersten Edgett/Cronkite News)

‘They come visit with their spirit’: Families pay tribute to deceased loved ones for Dia de los Muertos

CHANDLER – Dia de los Muertos – also known as Day of the Dead – which spanned Wednesday and Thursday, is a Mexican holiday dedicated to remembering and honoring deceased relatives and loved ones. It is believed that the spirits of those who have died are able to visit their families on these days.

Fighting fire with fire: How prescribed burns protect forests in northern Arizona

WILLIAMS – The Kendrick Prescribed Fire Project was one of the first of many prescribed burns this fall and winter throughout Arizona with the goal of protecting forest lands and surrounding communities from the threat of potential catastrophic wildfires. The prescribed burns in Kaibab National Forest are part of the U.S. Forest Service’s 10-year wildfire crisis strategy.

Ashton Johnson uses his drip torch during a prescribed burn operation in Kaibab National Forest on Oct. 5, 2023. Fire crews planned to burn around 2,300 acres of land that day. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Thousands gather in Flagstaff to witness annular solar eclipse

FLAGSTAFF — The annular solar eclipse on Saturday drew large crowds to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.

From left, Scott Glib, Laura Nicholson, Haley Finch and Emma Railey look at the annular solar eclipse with protective solar glasses at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff on Sat., Oct. 14, 2023. "We just thought people would be excited and knowledgeable here and it would be fun to share in the excitement," Nicholson said. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Hundreds gather at ASU events with opposing views of Israelis, Palestinians

TEMPE - As the death toll in the fighting between Hamas and Israel rose this week, groups at Arizona State University gathered in separate rallies on Wednesday and Thursday to express both grief and support for Israelis and Palestinians.