Melanie PorterHealth Reporter, Phoenix
Melanie Porter was born and raised in Arizona and is an undergraduate studyin journalism. She is a broadcast reporter covering health for Cronkite News.
AUSTIN, Texas – Among teens, Latinas face high rates of attempted suicide. One Texas group is helping them build resilience by strengthening the bond between mothers and daughters.
PHOENIX – Valley Unitarian Universalist church in Chandler has become the sole provider for those who might otherwise be on the street during COVID-19.
PHOENIX – An Arizona window-washing business voluntarily started cleaning playgrounds to help kids stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AUSTIN, Texas – VELA is an organization that provides support and resources to mostly Hispanic and immigrant families whose children have disabilities. Founded in 2010, it serves about 1,500 families annually – helping to close a significant gap in health care for Hispanics.
PHOENIX – Decreasing water levels in white pelicans’ natural habitats are forcing the wetland birds to migrate to find refuge in the Arizona’s maintained lakes.
PHOENIX – Two Democratic legislators want Sen. Martha McSally to oppose the planned rollback of fuel economy standards by the Trump administration. These standards reduce the amount of air pollution given off by vehicles by forcing manufacturers to make cars with better fuel efficiency.
TUCSON – Mushrooms are a rare delicacy, but after less rain this summer due to a dry monsoon season, they've been harder to find in southern Arizona.