Ka-Voka Jackson

Ka-Voka Jackson’s college career began with a science scholarship from the Hualapai Tribe.  Now she’s a master’s student in restoration ecology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.


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Maricopa County's infamous outdoor jail has been officially shut down.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is headed to Arizona to headline a fundraiser for fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

Aaron Granillo

This time last year, KNAU brought you the story of Nephi Craig, an Apache chef reviving the cuisine of his ancestors. He believes food can help his people recover from a dark past that includes war, relocation and a food-related health crisis. The story went on to win a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Aaron Granillo was the reporter on the piece. Gillian Ferris was the editor. They are in New York City today to accept the award for best writing. Before they left, Aaron and Gillian sat down for a reporter’s notebook, a look behind the scenes of the original story.


Pure Land is a new true crime story by Annette McGivney, a longtime journalist for Backpacker Magazine and a lecturer at Northern Arizona University. It explores the 2006 murder of Japanese tourist Tomomi Hanamure, killed by a young member of the Havasupai Tribe while she was hiking alone in the Grand Canyon. Pure Land weaves together not only the lives and cultures of Tomomi and her killer, Randy Wescogame, but also McGivney's life which became entwined in the story as she uncovered a legacy of family abuse and cultural violence. She spoke with KNAU's Gillian Ferris about the project. 

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A federal judge has upheld the validity of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's pardon despite claims from critics that letting his clemency stand would encourage officials to disobey future court orders.

Authorities say a 14-year-old boy sought in the shooting death of a woman in eastern Arizona has been taken into custody.

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The only seller of individual health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act in 13 rural Arizona counties said Tuesday that it won't raise premiums next year after all.

Earth Notes: Clark’s Nutcracker

Oct 4, 2017
Eugene Beckes

Explorers Lewis and Clark, in Idaho in the early 1800s, observed dapper grey and black birds ripping into pine cones for the seeds. William Clark mistook them for woodpeckers, but Meriwether Lewis correctly identified the species as a cousin of crows, ravens, and jays. Still, ornithologists named the bird Clark's nutcracker. 


A Fort Defiance woman and her two sons have been sentenced to federal prison for health care fraud.

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