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A look at how the cannabis industry could fund Arizona K-12 education.  

The Green Scene // Cronkitezine

A parade for the Mercury? // Cronkite School

Phoenix residents voice their opinion on why the Phoenix Mercury have yet to be thrown a parade.

How an unexpected call from the Food Network's Cupcake Wars saved one local business.

The sports market is going to be a $73.5 billion industry by 2019, according to Forbes. Here are some experts and organizations on Twitter you should follow if sports business is your beat.

Getting to Know the Wine Business // Businessjournalism.org

#NationalWineDay may be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop thinking vino. Here are some tips to cover the wine business in your region.

Mental health in Ellensburg a rising concern; EPD, emergency staff respond

More questions than answers // CWU Observer

Here Comes The Guide // Ellensburg Daily Record

A feature piece I wrote and collected all photos for the Ellensburg Daily Record on the best wedding sites in Kittitas County.

Desert Mountain Wolves rout Mountain Pointe Pride in a double-overtime shootout.

The Corona Del Sol boys basketball team showed Gilbert on Wednesday exactly why it is still the top team in the state.

In the second round of the Division I state tournament, top-ranked Mesquite defeated No.16 Boulder Creek

The No. 5 Desert Vista girls basketball team upset No. 4 Millennium in a game that Desert Vista said it had been longing for since last year.

Celebratory screams and cries of joy could be heard from behind the locker room doors as the Mesa Jackrabbits advanced to the Division I boys state basketball championships Friday with a 50-35 win over Basha.

Mesa hammers Basha to get to DI title game // East Valley Tribune  

For as long as I can remember, my parents warned me about the dangers of money.

Chicago clients draw eateries to Phoenix // Phoenix Business Journal

When Clay Moizo, co-owner of Half Moon Windy City Grill, moved to Phoenix 20 years ago, his roots had run deep in Chicago.

LOUISVILLE, KY – It was 9:30 on a Friday night and Jimmy Walker, founder of Celebrity Fight Night, was sitting in his Phoenix kitchen with his wife Nancy when he got the news.


LOUISVILLE – More than 14,000 paid homage to Muhammad Ali, the Louisville native son and decade-long Phoenix resident who was revered as a champion inside and outside the boxing ring.

Say goodbye to robust reds and hello to rosé all day as the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival returns to Cottonwood for its third year. The wine-and-music festival kicks off today, Friday, June 17, and runs through tomorrow, Saturday, June 18.

Memorial Day is more than just backyard barbecue picnics—it’s about commemorating those who died while serving America.

Here are four fresh business angles you can cover as the holiday approaches.

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Casey Myers and Levi Jones are officially ASU Hall of Famers. The two former Pinal County prep standouts were honored alongside four other student-athletes and two coaches during a halftime ceremony Saturday night when ASU hosted UCLA at Sun Devil Stadium.

Glendale Apollo running back Roderick Lockett was looking for a comeback after last week’s one-point loss to Phoenix Arcadia. He got just that Friday as his team rolled 52-0 in a 5A Conference win over Tempe McClintock.

The Phoenix Mercury have entered uncharted territory. Every time they've brought home a WNBA championship in the past, the Mercury were the top-seeded team in the playoffs. This year, the eighth-seeded Mercury snuck into the playoffs during the final week of the season, despite a losing record (16-18).

On a night when Tempe Marcos de Niza should have enjoyed homecoming, there wasn’t much to be celebrated. Even USA Olympic silver medalist Sam Dorman, who attended the halftime celebration, couldn’t bring his alma mater good luck.

PHOENIX-- Penny Taylor rose from the bench and drew a deep breath. Teammates Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi stood by her side, each cradling her with an arm around her shoulders. A deafening chant grew within Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Kelsey Bone is taking her social injustice protest to a bigger stage. On a night when the Phoenix Mercury clinched a berth in the WNBA playoffs, the 24-year-old center kneeled during the singing of the national anthem to raise awareness of alleged racial inequality and the recent shootings by and of police officers around the country.

Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep rallied to beat Phoenix St. Mary's 38-28 in front of a big crowd Friday at Phoenix College.

St. Mary’s struck first, only 17 seconds in with a 60-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Daniel Meador. Minutes later, Jorden Blake intercepted St. Mary’s and Blake danced across the field with a 99-yard defensive touchdown.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez is used to breaking records. The four-year starter marks them off like notches in a belt. Gonzalez entered his final season with 386 career points, the best in ASU history. He also holds the top three single-season scoring marks for ASU kickers.

A late run by Tempe Corona del Sol came up short as Mesa Mountain View ran away with the 28-7 6A Conference victory in Tempe on Friday. Mountain View led the way from the start, scoring its first touchdown only two minutes into the contest.

TEMPE – It was a few strokes shy of 10:30 p.m. on Saturday when Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage, fresh off an historic performance, ran to the sidelines to thank fellow Sun Devil and offensive lineman Stephon McCray. Moments later, Ballage walked through the Tillman Tunnel into the locker room.


Ballage sheds limelight on ASU offensive line // Arizona PBS Cronkite News

The Buckeye Verrado football team dominated Friday night in a convincing 48-0 win over Phoenix Arcadia at Arcadia High in a 5A Conference matchup. Verrado scored only four minutes in when Maverick Gamez completed a 24-yard pass to Ruben Lebron.

Expert Tips for Covering Localist Movement // Businessjournalism.org

Chances are, you have a Local First or similar movement in your area, designed to build more vibrant communities and foster local economic development. Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona, works extensively with Arizona businesses, but also attends many national events to educate others about the relationship between local businesses and their communities.

Small business experts can be a great source for journalists who want to cover the latest issues on the small business beat. Here are 10 experts every small business reporter should follow on Twitter.

The beer business is booming. Approximately $106 billion in sales was generated from the beer market in 2015, according to the National Brewers Association, an increase over past years.

Coffee is undeniably one of the most consumed beverages in the world and also here in the United States. The total economic output of the coffee industry in the U.S. just last year was $225.2 billion, according to the National Coffee Association USA, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Drink Up-Tips On Covering the Coffee Industry // Businessjournalism.org


Basha graduate Johnny Morell was sitting in his childhood home in California, lounging on the sofa with family, when his phone started to jolt.“I got the notification on Twitter from the draft tracker and the Angels selected me,” said Morell, who moved to Chandler from California last year. “We were just jumping up and down.”

PHOENIX — By the time the Milwaukee Brewers selected former Brophy Preparatory Academy third baseman Chad McClanahan in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft last month, McClanahan had begun to think his name might never be called.

MLB Draft light on Arizona players despite sport’s popularity: Arizona Sports // Arizona PBS Cronkite News (contributed to this story)

PHOENIX — “Year-round baseball is one thing that’s killing our sport,” Horizon High School head coach Eric Kibler said. “It’s a big fatigue factor,” said Kibler, who has led the Huskies’ program since 1981. “When you get fatigued, you get injured.”

Valley residents have a lot less distance to cover to get to taste wines from Wilcox-based winery Carlson Creek Vineyard. As of last week, the family-owned winery will pour tastes of its award-winning wines at its Old Town Scottsdale tasting room, located at 4142 North Marshall Way.

Social media drives nearly everything we do. Which means nowadays small businesses seek to drive traffic to their websites, not just their storefronts. We spoke with Liz Jostes, co-founder of Eli Rose Social Media, a consulting firm that helps small businesses increase their social media reach to benefit their bottom line.

How to Cover the “Buy Local” Movement // Businessjournalism.org

“Buy local” campaigns have been gaining traction for the last decade. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find fresh and interesting angles to cover them. This blog covers a few new ways to cover the shop local movement in your city.

The sustainability movement often makes headlines, but not always for its impact on businesses. Here are four resources to explore when reporting on energy and sustainability from a business perspective.

PHOENIX – When Isabelle Harrison was called out of class at the University of Tennessee and into the office of Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt one day during Harrison’s freshman year, she knew something wasn’t right. “I just remember there were a lot of reporters on campus,” Mercury center Harrison said. “And we kind of just went to the office, and she closed the door and she was sitting right next to me. She told me what happened.”

It was the top of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, and nearly 2,000 miles away in the Valley, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria was rocking as the Chicago Cubs closed out the Los Angeles Dodgers.

BOULDER, Colo. – It’s been nearly 10 years since Jake Plummer retired from football. He still experiences soreness and pain from his neck and shoulders to the soles of his feet.

PHOENIX – In May 1997, Kansas native Earl Watson packed up his duffel bag and headed to Los Angeles with $400 his mother gave him. He moved into a garage in South Central he shared with future UCLA teammate Baron Davis. Watson didn’t have a lot, but he had a plan.

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