Marnie Jordan
Marnie Jordan(she/her/hers)
News Visual Journalist, Phoenix

Marnie Jordan expects to graduate in December 2024 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in criminology and criminal justice. Jordan was a public relations intern at Neurodiversity Education Research Center for two semesters.

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Globe detective, private investigator work to solve missing-person case

GLOBE – After Natalie Jo Sebastian went missing in Globe in December, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office got to work. Sebastian’s husband also hired a private investigator, who has been feeding leads to the detective.

A sign about Natalie Jo Sebastian’s disappearance is outside of Dave’s Fast Stop on April 9, 2024. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

‘Opportunities are boundless’: Arizona pushes space sector’s growth through education, collaboration, economy

PHOENIX – Gov. Katie Hobbs spoke at the Arizona Space Summit about the business environment, infrastructure and innovation happening to drive the space sector’s growth in the state. Job opportunities, infrastructure and space education benefit Arizona, experts say.

Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks to the media on March 28 in Tempe after a fireside chat at the 2024 Arizona Space Summit about strategic opportunities for Arizona in the space industry. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

Harris, Arizona Democrats seize on abortion ban to blast Trump, GOP

TUCSON - Vice President Kamala Harris blasted former President Donald Trump Friday as "the architect" of new abortion restrictions sweeping the country, including the near-total ban that was resurrected this week in Arizona.

‘Absolute beautiful place’: Rockin’ River Ranch State Park opens in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – After several setbacks, Rockin’ River Ranch State Park opened on Feb. 9 in Camp Verde. The native wildlife, hiking trails, fishing and picnic areas of the newest state park have already attracted local and international visitors.

Stables are shown at Rockin’ River Ranch on March 23, 2024, in Camp Verde. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

Governor’s office partners with RIP Medical Debt to forgive billions in medical debt for some Arizonans

PHOENIX — Katie Hobbs announced that federal American Rescue Plan Act funds will be used to pay off medical debt of Arizonans who meet special criteria.

The governor’s office is partnering with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit geared toward clearing personal medical debt. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

‘Smokus Pocus’ cannabis-themed magic show aims to destigmatize marijuana use

PHOENIX – Ben Zabin is touring nationwide with his cannabis magic show “Smokus Pocus.” He and advocacy group NORML say entertainment like this can help to destigmatize marijuana use – even in places like Arizona where recreational pot use is legal.

Ben Zabin smokes out of a bong at his cannabis-themed magic show, “Smokus Pocus,” on March 1, 2024, at Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Third Street Theater in Phoenix. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

Therapy dogs take on mental health support in schools

PHOENIX – Schools are utilizing therapy dogs for mental health support to students and faculty. Both K-12 and colleges are turning to furry friends for comfort.

Alan Amaro pets therapy dog Dash at Gateway Community College on Jan. 30, 2024. Dash is handled by owner Monica Buensuceso. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

Legisladores de Arizona aprueban proyectos de ley de inmigración sobre el cruce fronterizo

PHOENIX – Los legisladores de Arizona han avanzado en un paquete de legislación de inmigración que los críticos llaman "SB 1070 2.0". Dieron la aprobación final el miércoles a un proyecto de ley que convertiría la entrada ilegal en un delito estatal.

Arizona state Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, reacts to Sen. Priya Sundareshan, D-Tucson, as she explains her vote on SB 1231 at the Arizona Capitol on Feb. 21, 2024. (Photo by Sam Ballesteros/Cronkite News)

Arizona GOP legislators pass immigration bills on border crossing and E-Verify

PHOENIX – Arizona lawmakers have advanced a package of immigration legislation that critics are calling “SB 1070 2.0” and gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would make illegal entry a state crime.

Arizona state Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, reacts to Sen. Priya Sundareshan, D-Tucson, as she explains her vote on SB 1231 at the Arizona Capitol on Feb. 21, 2024. (Photo by Sam Ballesteros/Cronkite News)

‘All I wanted to do was dance’: Ballet scholarship competition helps further dancers’ dreams

PHOENIX – Ballet dancers competed for scholarships at the Youth America Grand Prix international student ballet scholarship competition at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix in February.

Betzy Martinez, 19, performs at the Youth America Grand Prix international student ballet scholarship competition on Feb. 10, 2024. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

Arizona Indian Festival showcases authentic Indigenous art

SCOTTSDALE – The Arizona Indian Festival in Scottsdale showcases authentic Indigenous art. Artists say knockoffs from overseas undermine their authentic work, which represents their culture.

Sonja Morgan from the Navajo Nation showcases her rug-weaving process at the Arizona Indian Festival in Scottsdale on Feb. 3, 2024. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

‘We’re not just numbers, we’re not robots, we’re people’: Workers at Sky Harbor strike over job conditions

PHOENIX – SSP America employees at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are on strike in hopes of obtaining safer and more equitable working conditions. UNITE HERE Local 11 filed unfair labor practice and discrimination charges against SSP America.

SSP America workers go on strike on Jan. 23, 2024, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in protest of late paychecks and poor labor conditions. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

After 51 years of fighting, abortion in Arizona comes down to next 10 months

PHOENIX - In the 51 years since the Supreme Court recognized - then reversed - federal abortion protections, advocates and opponents have fought over the boundaries of that right. That fight continues today, with Arizona now at the forefront of the national battle.

Phoenix hosts ‘National’ Women’s March, as abortion debate moves to Arizona

PHOENIX - Chanting "bans off our bodies" and "my body, my choice," protesters marched on the Arizona Capitol Saturday as the National Women's March was held in Phoenix to highlight the state's role as the next battleground over abortion.