Aaron Granillo

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

Aaron moved from his hometown of Seattle to Phoenix in 2006 to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. He received his degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU in 2010. Before joining KNAU as the Morning Edition host, Aaron spent nearly four years writing and reporting for Arizona’s Morning News at KTAR in Phoenix. He covered everything from immigration issues to sports. While there, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for use of sound. When not working, Aaron enjoys following Seattle’s sports teams, hiking, and practicing piano (which he just started playing in 2013).

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:51 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Arizona Cardinals Hire NFL's First Female Coach

Credit Associated Press

The Arizona Cardinals have made history by hiring the first female coach in the National Football League. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Jen Welter enters the league with an impressive football résumé.


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KNAU and Arizona News
11:05 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Man Faces Charges For Strapping Dynamite To Hummer

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a man faces charges for strapping dynamite to his car. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, authorities found the man after he crashed in Strawberry.

DPS says Fred Vail , 55, was driving a Hummer when it rolled over on State Route 87 July 11th. That’s when troopers discovered a device attached to the car.

"We called in our explosive detail," said DPS Spokesman Bart Graves. "They arrived on scene and determined the device was seven sticks of dynamite with a live fuse going to the driver’s seat."

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:01 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Trump: McCain Is A War Hero -- But Also Abondoned Vets

Donald Trump, speaks Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. where he was one of Republican presidential candidates in attendance.
Credit Associated Press

Donald Trump is doubling down on his controversial comments aimed at Arizona Senator John McCain. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Trump not only questioned McCain’s status as a war hero, he’s now attacking the senator’s record on veteran’s issues.

Over the weekend, the republican presidential candidate said he likes soldiers who are not captured, instead of POWs like McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. On Monday's NBC’s Today, Trump clarified his comments, and says he has no problem calling McCain a war hero.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:52 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Grand Canyon, Oak Flat Make List of 'Endangerd Historic Sites'

Credit Alan English

Two historical sites in Arizona have been labeled as “endangered” by a national organization. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the Grand Canyon and Oak Flat on the Tonto National Forest made the list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 19, 2015

AZ Congressman Pushes Bill To Strengthen Ties Between Tribes and Feds

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar
Credit Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

An Arizona Congressman is proposing legislation aimed at building trust between Native American tribes and the federal government. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Republican Paul Gosar believes it’s a relationship that needs serious improvement.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Fire Outlook For Summer On The Coconino National Forest

West Clear Creek Wilderness in the Coconino National Forest
Credit Us Forest Service/Coconino National Forest

Temperatures have been heating up all week long. With the warmer temperatures comes a greater risk for wildfire. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo spoke with Don Muise, Fire Staff Officer on the Coconino National Forest, to discuss fire season in northern Arizona. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Hopi Tribe Makes Another Attempt At Halting French Auction

Hopi Tribe Chairman Herman Honanie

Several Hopi artifacts are on the auction block in France. A Paris auction house is scheduled to sell the items on Wednesday, despite criticism from the Hopi Tribe and the U.S. Government. Tribal leaders argue the artifacts belong to them, and demand their return. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo spoke with Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie about the tribe’s latest attempt to halt tomorrow’s auction.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Heber Wild Horses: Legendary Or Problematic?

One of the Heber Wild Horses roams on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, near Brooks Bank.
Credit Aaron Granillo/KNAU

Federal officials are in the process of deciding how to manage a population of horses running wild on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests near the White Mountains. Some cattle ranchers in the area say they’re overgrazing range land, and want them removed. Others say they could be descendants of mustangs brought here by Spanish conquistadors, and deserve extra federal protection. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:12 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Navajo Election On Fluency Requirement To Be Held July 21

Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Chris Deschene. He was disqualified from the race as a result of the tribe's language requirement.
Credit AP

A vote on whether Navajo Nation presidential candidates must speak the tribe’s language fluently has been set for next month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the issue arose after one of the candidates was disqualified last year.


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KNAU and Arizona News
12:05 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

AZ Schools Chief Votes No On Removing Teachers Convicted of Sex Crimes

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas

The state’s top educator is caught up in controversy, after she voted against removing teachers from schools if they’ve been convicted of sex crimes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas voted no because she had a problem with the official paperwork.

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