Spencer Barnes
Spencer Barnes(he/him)
Sports Visual Journalist, Phoenix

Spencer Barnes expects to graduate in May 2026 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. Barnes has been a sports beat writer for AZPreps365 and the Gunnison Country Times. He also has done Blaze Radio Sports and the Walter Cronkite Sports Network, clubs that have allowed him to take photos of ASU basketball, football and others. Barnes does freelance photography for Phoenix area high school football and basketball teams and hopes to end up as a traveling or team photographer for the NBA.

Latest from Spencer Barnes

After losing players to the transfer portal, Arizona State football looks to returnees to bolster defensive line

TEMPE – Every school loses players to the transfer portal, but the Arizona State football team is counting on some returnees to bolster its defensive line.

Edge rusher Prince Dorbah is among the returning players that could help boost the defensive line. (Photo by Spencer Barnes/Cronkite News) Edge rusher Prince Dorbah is among the returning players that could help boost the defensive line. (Photo by Spencer Barnes/Cronkite News)

With Arizona Coyotes leaving, relocation talk clouds Roadrunners’ future in Tucson

TUCSON — After the Arizona Coyotes were sold and approved to relocate to Salt Lake City, rumors have swirled about the team's AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners, potentially moving to Tempe's Mullett Arena.

Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo has hinted at moving the Roadrunners to Tempe, drawing concern from the Tucson hockey community. (Photo by Spencer Barnes/Cronkite News)

‘Most painful decision in my life’: Meruelo, Bettman respond to criticism about Arizona Coyotes departure

PHOENIX – Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested Friday that despite losing the Coyotes to Salt Lake City, both are committed to professional hockey returning to Arizona. “Absolutely I can do it again. Now I really know how things work," Meruelo said.

Life’s curveballs: A writer and a righty find connection through health scares

PHOENIX – Colorado Rockies pitcher Ryan Feltner was a sliver of light in the darkness for this young cancer survivor. Then, in a twist of fate, I was there when the right-hander experienced his own health scare.

The author, Asher Hyre, left, found strength during his cancer treatment by connecting with Rockies pitcher Ryan Feltner, who was dealing with recovery from a fractured skull. (Photo courtesy of Asher Hyre)

Valley makeover: Downtown Phoenix undergoes massive Final Four transformation

PHOENIX – Phoenix is hosting the Final Four for the first time since 2017. Downtown is experiencing a makeover to host over 100,000 fans, what is it looking like?

Junior forward Mohamed Wague, left, high-fives a fan waiting outside Alabama’s team hotel Thursday. (Photo by Spencer Barnes/Cronkite News)

Purdue Boilermakers chase redemption in first Final Four appearance since 1980

PHOENIX – The Purdue Boilermakers arrived in Phoenix Tuesday night, as they begin their preparation for the men’s Final Four this weekend at State Farm Stadium. Coach Matt Painter and a few players described the emotions entering the weekend.

The Purdue Boilermakers aim to etch their names in basketball history in the 2024 Men's Final Four beginning Saturday at State Farm Stadium. (Photo by Spencer Barnes/Cronkite News)

Photo essay: Revitalized Colorado Rockies seek redemption after franchise-worst season in 2023

SCOTTSDALE – The 2023 Colorado Rockies lost 103 games, which marked a franchise record. Now they hope to improve against the toughest division in the National League, the NL West.

The Colorado Rockies' spring training clubhouse, located at Salt River Fields in Scottsdal, is one of five total joint MLB practice facilities. (Photo by Spencer Barnes/Cronkite News)

From dusk till dawn: Gilbert Regional Park’s pickleball oasis offers electric atmosphere to draw passionate community

GILBERT – Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport, and Gilbert Regional Park is playing host to one of Arizona’s most thriving pickleball communities.