About Us

Cronkite News is the news division of Arizona PBS, the world’s largest media organization operated by a journalism school. With reporting bureaus in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, we deliver important, impactful Arizona news to more than 1.9 million homes and news organizations across the state.

Cronkite News is a product of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The program has more than 16 full-time editors/professionals and more than 130 students who produce daily and enterprise news and sports content on TV, digital and social media platforms for Arizona audiences. They pitch story ideas, get assignments and report and produce multimedia stories on deadline under the direction of professional editors for Cronkite News and sports – all while meeting the expectations of this professional news organization.


  • Phoenix bureau

    Phoenix bureau

    555 N. Central Ave., Suite 302 Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248(602) 496-5050[email protected]
  • Washington, D.C., bureau

    Washington, D.C., bureau

    1834 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009(202) 684-2400[email protected]
  • Phoenix Sports bureau

    Phoenix Sports bureau

    555 N. Central Ave., Suite 302 Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248(602) 496-5020[email protected]
  • Los Angeles bureau

    Los Angeles bureau

    725 Arizona Ave,
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (424) 238-0272[email protected]

Newsroom Leaders

  • Pauline Arrillaga

    Director for RWJF Health Initiative, Phoenix News Bureau
  • Sadie Babits

    Content Director for Sustainability, Phoenix News Bureau
  • Paola Boivin

    Director for Digital Content, Phoenix Sports Bureau
  • Christy Bricks

    Executive Producer (Broadcast), Phoenix News Bureau
  • Julio Cisneros

    Content Director for Health, Phoenix News Bureau
  • Steve Crane

    Director, Washington, D.C., Bureau
  • Martin Dolan

    Copy Editor, Phoenix News Bureau
  • Heather Dunn

    Content Director for Politics and Next Gen, Phoenix News Bureau
  • Valeria Fernandez

    Director, Noticias
  • Jim Jacoby

    Director of Studio Production, Cronkite News/Arizona PBS
  • Venita Hawthorne James

    Content Director for Money and Social Justice, Phoenix News Bureau
  • Kathy Kudravi

    Executive Editor, Sports Knowledge Lab
  • Brett Kurland

    Director, Phoenix Sports Bureau
  • Christina Leonard

    Executive Editor, Cronkite News
  • Mark Lodato

    Associate dean and associate general manager, Arizona PBS
  • Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

    Director, Los Angeles Bureau
  • Frank Mungeam

    Director for TV News Innovation, Cronkite News
  • Eric Newton

    Innovation Chief
  • Vanessa Ruiz

    Content Director for Borderlands, Phoenix News Bureau
  • Lori Todd

    Director for Digital Production, Photography and Social Media, Phoenix News Bureau

Our partners

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Google News Lab
  • Parse.ly
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Health stories are supported, in part, through a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. The funding helped establish the Southwest Health Reporting Initiative, which provides health care news and information with a focus on Latino, Native American and Spanish-speaking border communities across the Southwest.

Sustainability stories are supported, in part, through a generous grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. The funding established Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.