Sam Volante
Sam Volante(he/him/his)
News Visual Journalist, Phoenix

Sam Volante expects to graduate in December 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in marketing and sales essentials. Volante has worked with Criminal Minded Media, Walter Cronkite Sports Network and The Ledge Sports.

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The Nash’s women’s initiative attempts to change jazz culture

The Nash Jazz Club in downtown Phoenix is getting more young women involved in jazz. The club’s women’s initiatives include performances by popular female jazz artists and exclusive classes for middle- and high-school girls.

The Jazz DivAZ practice during a rehearsal on Oct. 21 at The Nash Jazz Club in Phoenix. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

Azteca Bridal closes its doors after 60 years of family-operated business

PHOENIX – The owners of Azteca Bridal are retiring and selling the property. The downtown Phoenix business, a staple in the bridal and quinceañera industry, remained family-owned for the entirety of its 60-year operation.

Wedding dresses hang from racks at Azteca Bridal in Phoenix on Nov. 21, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

Phoenix considers expanding boundaries, inventory for e-scooter and e-bike program

PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix is gathering public comment on the expansion of its e-scooter and e-bike micromobility program after data from vendors shows positive results from the current program.

Scooters are parked on the corner of East First Street and Monroe Street in Phoenix on Nov. 13, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

Water catchments across Arizona provide drinking water for wildlife

CAREFREE – Agencies such as Arizona Game and Fish maintain water catchments across the state. The agency noted wildlife used the catchments heavily amid record-breaking heat over the summer.

A bird sits at the trough of a water catchment following a refill in Anthem on Sept. 26, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

“We all just evaporate”: Extreme heat overwhelms Phoenix’s unhoused community

PHOENIX – Phoenix’s extreme heat takes its toll on the health of its unhoused or homeless community.

The homeless camp on W. Jefferson Street and S. 11th Avenue in Phoenix from Sept. 12, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

Maricopa County air quality raises health concerns with affected minority communities

PHOENIX – The American Lung Association gave Maricopa County an F rating for its air quality. This poor air quality has led to an increase in health concerns, particularly for marginalized communities.

The American Lung Association gave Maricopa County an F rating for its air quality. (File photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality)

Secretary of State Adrian Fontes pushes voter registration, addresses push to ditch partisan ballots

PHOENIX – Secretary of State Adrian Fontes held a series of events on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, to encourage voter registration in Arizona. The events came after a recently launched campaign to amend the state constitution and rework our primary elections structure.

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes speaks to high school students about voter registration at Phoenix Coding Academy, on Sept. 19, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

Mahsa Amini honored in Scottsdale a year after dying in Iranian custody

SCOTTSDALE – The Arizona Persian Cultural Center hosted a memorial for Mahsa Amini a year after the Iranian protester died in custody of the morality police. People at the event advocated for action in the United States and change in Iran.

The Arizona Persian Cultural Center pays tribute to fallen Iranian protesters at a memorial event, which features artwork and speakers in Scottsdale on Sept. 16, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

Kyle Larson, Dale Jarrett team up in Phoenix to supercharge Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

PHOENIX – NASCAR stars Dale Jarrett and Kyle Larson visited Phoenix Children's Hospital in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – a cause the drivers cherish from their personal experiences.

All eyes were on the NASCAR Cup Series Championship trophy at Arizona Biltmore, where NASCAR drivers took a break from racing to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)