MacKenzie Belley

MacKenzie Belley

News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

MacKenzie Belley is an Arizona native and political junkie who is studying broadcasting at the Cronkite School with a focus on producing. She has previously worked for Arizona PBS and as a producer for Cronkite News.

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Appeals court upholds child pornography conviction of Tucson man

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a Tucson man's conviction and sentence on child pornography charges, rejecting his argument that procedural problems at trial kept him from presenting his defense.


Coconino official backs bill to burn forest waste for renewable energy

WASHINGTON - Coconino County Supervisor Art Babbott urged senators Wednesday to pass a bill that would let limbs and trees left over from forest maintenance be burned for renewable energy.


Trump backers take their turn, crowding Washington streets in protest

WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of people turned the streets of Washington into a sea of flags and banners Saturday, marching and chanting in support of an embattled President Donald Trump as his election chances falter.


As it drops one challenge, GOP files new suit over election returns

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Republican Party filed a second legal challenge Thursday to Maricopa County's election returns, even as attorneys for the party were conceding that an earlier suit would not make a difference in the presidential results.


Tipirneni concedes to Schweikert in District 6, as incumbents sweep

WASHINGTON - Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni conceded to Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, in the race for Arizona's 6th District congressional seat Saturday, after days of counting saw her election night lead evaporate.


Presidential race called for Biden, Arizona plays key role

PHOENIX – Several national news outlets have called the presidential race for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is projected to become the 46th president of the United States. Arizona played a key role in the election.


Schweikert takes, expands lead, but Tipirneni vows to continue fight

WASHINGTON - Several days of counting have flipped the outlook for the 6th District House race, with Rep. David Schweikert now leading Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni by just under 12,000 votes after trailing her on election night.


Hobbs learns Sharpie ballot rumor, like marker’s ink, is hard to erase

WASHINGTON - State election officials are trying to knock down a social media report - since labeled "false information" - that the everyday Sharpie was used in a scheme to invalidate ballots of unsuspecting voters. Sharpie votes still count, officials said.


As most House members head to reelection, Schweikert trails Tipirneni

WASHINGTON - Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni clung to a narrow lead Tuesday over embattled Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, in early returns in the race for Arizona's 6th District seat in Congress.


Party? Hardly. COVID-19 puts a damper on post-election celebrations

WASHINGTON - In an election year like no other, election night Tuesday will look like no other as campaigns scramble to find pandemic-safe ways to gather supporters together to celebrate their hard work and to announce a victory. Or a concession.


September jobless rate rose, as more workers got back in labor force

WASHINGTON - Arizona's unemployment rate bounced back up to 6.7% in September, but economists say there may actually be some positives behind what look like negative numbers at first glance.


Groups mount ‘all hands’ push to count people with Census cut short

WASHINGTON - Arizona advocacy groups mounted an "all hands on deck" push to boost last-minute census response rates after the Census Bureau announced plans to end the 2020 census count Thursday, two weeks earlier than expected.


Judge blocks ‘unlawful’ plan to end Census Monday; Arizona still lags

WASHINGTON - A federal judge reiterated her order Thursday that the Census Bureau continue its count until Oct. 31, saying plans to end on Monday were "erroneous ... unlawful" and they undermined the credibility of a count in which Arizona is lagging.


No ‘proud’ moment: Reaction to Trump gaffe goes from dismay to distress

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his debate comments on the right-wing extremists known as the Proud Boys, but reaction from officials in Arizona from dismissal to dismay.


Alone among Democrats, Sinema stays silent on GOP Supreme Court push

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is the only Senate Democrat who has not come out against President Donald Trump's plan to quickly replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pick many say should wait until after the election.


With clock ticking – and state lagging – Census court fight continues

WASHINGTON - A see-saw legal battle over the 2020 Census continued Friday, with the government pushing to end the count in just five days while local governments, including two Arizona tribes, hoped to extend it to Oct. 31.


Admirers line up to pay respects to Ginsburg, a ‘lion of equality’

WASHINGTON - Long lines formed outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday as admirers came to pay their final respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon whom one mourner called a "lion of equality."


Arizona jobless rate plummets in August, nearing pre-pandemic levels

WASHINGTON - Arizona's unemployment rate plummeted last month to almost pre-pandemic levels, falling from 10.7% in July to 5.9% in August, and dropping below the national average, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Tribal leader says ensuring accurate census is a ‘life and death’ issue

WASHINGTON - Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis told a House panel Thursday that an accurate Census count could be a "matter of life and death" for tribal communities.


Report: Arizona had highest ‘housing loss’ rate; more evictions coming

WASHINGTON - Arizona had the highest rate of "housing loss" in the nation, according to a new national study, and that was before what experts called a “tsunami of evictions” that is expected to hit this fall.


Judge halts plan to end census early, as Arizona, tribal responses lag

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by the Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community.


Phoenix march organizers echo themes of massive D.C. anti-racism rally

WASHINGTON - As tens of thousands gathered in Washington Friday for the "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" anti-racism rally, organizers in Phoenix were preparing for their own "solidarity march" to protect police violence and recommit to Martin Luther King's ideals.


Postal Service cuts already being felt in Arizona, raise election fears

WASHINGTON - Spoiled medication and missing rent checks are among the problems that Arizonans have seen as a result of recent postal system changes, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said during a committee grilling of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who defended his actions.