Michelle Ailport
Michelle Ailport mi-SHEL AYL-port (she/her/hers)
News Digital Producer, Phoenix

Michelle Ailport expects to graduate in May 2022 with a master’s degree in mass communication. Ailport, who graduated from ASU in May 2021 with a degree in journalism and mass communication, is working for the Phoenix news bureau.

Latest from Michelle Ailport

As metro Phoenix home prices rise, so does the number of people forced to rent

PHOENIX – Rising home prices in the Phoenix area are driving more people to rent rather than buy, and renters are worried that they won’t be able to keep pace with increasing rents.

The sky isn’t the limit: Flight program in Goodyear, pioneering pilot inspire diversity in aviation

GOODYEAR – As United Airlines’ United Aviate Academy trains a new generation of pilots, the Goodyear flight program and pilots of the past inspire diversity in aviation.

After nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases in Arizona, officials are ‘cautiously optimistic’

PHOENIX – A little more than six months after Arizona passed 1 million reported cases of COVID-19, the state is approaching 2 million. Although reported infections have slowed over the past few months, experts warn that the coronavirus that causes the disease is here to stay, and the extent of COVID’s long-term effects isn’t known.

Teletherapy expanded during the pandemic, but is it effective for behavioral health?

PHOENIX – Telehealth has been a widely used resource during the pandemic, but some experts continue to weigh the pros and cons of treating certain conditions from a distance – specifically mental illness and substance use.

Artists hope Black History Mural Project ‘educates, inspires, uplifts’

PHOENIX – The unveiling of a mural for the Phoenix Suns and Mercury at Footprint Center kicked off the 2022 Black History Mural Project. The Shining Light Foundation commissioned Arizona artists for 28 murals representing the 28 days of February, Black History Month.

Pima County schools strained by lack of COVID-19 testing as FEMA sites open

TUCSON – FEMA has opened two COVID-19 testing sites in Pima County to ease the shortage of PCR and rapid COVID tests needed to keep schools open.

American Lung Association gives Arizona a failing grade for lack of regulation on tobacco products targeting teens

PHOENIX – More than 20% of high schoolers in Arizona use tobacco, especially e-cigarettes, the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control report says. Overall, Arizona gets an F for its attempts to regulate the sales of flavored tobacco.

Point-in-Time head count to address homelessness resumes in Maricopa County

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Point-in-Time Homeless Count is back after last year’s was canceled because of COVID-19. The count, conducted nationwide, aims to gauge the extent of homelessness across the country.

Valley roller skaters adapt during pandemic, embrace community to overcome adversity

PHOENIX – As roller skaters navigate COVID-19 shutdowns and reopenings, they’re searching for a place to roll – and a community.

1 in 4 Arizonans still insist Trump won, as second impeachment begins

WASHINGTON - As the Senate began debate on a historic second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, a recent poll shows that over half of Arizona Republicans believe Trump was the rightful winner of the November election.