Sierra Alvarez
Sierra Alvarez(she/her)
News Reporter, Phoenix

Sierra Alvarez expects to graduate in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in photojournalism. Alvarez is working in the Phoenix News Bureau as a visual journalist.

Latest from Sierra Alvarez

‘It’s so joyful’: Chandler Symphony Orchestra relishes return to in-person performances

TEMPE – The Chandler Symphony Orchestra kicked off its 29th season in October after a pandemic-induced hiatus with masks, distancing and an audience.


‘I was struggling to survive’: Event raises awareness for suicide prevention

PHOENIX – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. – responsible for more than 47,500 deaths in 2019.


Hope and resilience in action: Navajo Nation continues battle against COVID

TUBA CITY – Residents of Tuba City on the Navajo Nation remain active in battling COVID-19, and they reflect on the hardships and hope that accompanied them for the past year and a half.


Cindy McCain, Charles Barkley, others celebrate ‘extraordinary life’ of Grant Woods

PHOENIX – Cindy McCain, Charles Barkley and others spoke at a memorial service celebrating the life of former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, who died Oct. 23 at age 67.


A history of the British WWII pilots who learned to fight Nazis in Arizona

MESA – An inside look at the history and significance of the No. 4 British flight training school located at Falcon Field in Mesa.


A pound for an ounce: Cave Creek stamp mill celebrates Arizona’s gold mining history

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is home to a fully operational stamp mill that was used to extract gold more than a century ago. The Arizona Gold Mining Experience offers a glimpse into what it was like to be an Arizona miner in 1910.


The pandemic blew up home gardening, but will the trend wither on the vine?

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Americans to take on new hobbies. Gardening was one of the hottest trends of the year.


On Halloween, real witches set the record straight

PHOENIX – The stereotype of warty noses, black-brimmed hats and cauldrons of evil spells come to mind when thinking about witchcraft, but for real-life practitioners this is far from the truth.


New law prohibits vehicles blocking sidewalks, punishable by a $250 fine

PHOENIX – A new law makes blocking sidewalks with vehicles a crime, meant to keep walkways clear for all pedestrians. It was one of 12 laws that took effect Wednesday.


Maricopa election probe is complete, but fight may just be starting

WASHINGTON - After months of work and millions of dollars, the contractors investigating Maricopa County's elections were able to answer one question Friday - President Joe Biden did win. Otherwise, they spent hours raising questions and calling for more investigation.


Expanded Child Tax Credit program did a ‘world of good,’ politicians say

PHOENIX – Since its rollout in July, the expanded Child Tax Credit program has received praise from government officials and advocates who call it a solution to “combating economic hardship and poverty in Arizona.”


Valley traffic returns, carbon emissions rise as COVID-19 restrictions ease

PHOENIX – COVID-19 reduced road traffic to unknown lows, but now it’s returning in full force. After carbon emissions dropped during a year of less travel, will they return to problematic levels?


Tempe Healing Field returns for 20th anniversary of 9/11

TEMPE – The Tempe Healing Field 9/11 memorial is being held at Tempe Beach Park, to remember the nearly 3,000 people lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Tempe Healing Fields pays tribute to those who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

On the crawl: Why so many caterpillars are wriggling around Arizona

PHOENIX — Arizona’s wet monsoon season helped spawn thousands of plump yellow caterpillars around the state. The caterpillars now are looking for a place to become white-lined sphinx moths.