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).

KNAU and Arizona News
10:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Navajos Born At Home Find It Hard To Get Delayed Birth Certificates

Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler offers help to Navajos applying for delayed birth certificates 2 days a month. On those days, a line usually forms outside before her office on the Navajo Nation opens. And the waiting room is always crowded.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Most Americans born in this country have a birth certificate issued from a hospital. But, for a lot of Navajos born in remote areas of the Navajo Nation before the 1970's, it was common to be born at home. So, getting a birth certificate later - otherwise known as a "delayed birth certificate" - can be very difficult. That's especially true in Arizona because of its strict regulations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

A Look Inside Oak Creek Canyon After the Slide Fire

The Slide Fire burn area just north of Slide Rock State Park where the blaze began.
Credit Aaron Granillo

Now that the smoke has settled and the most of the flames are out, we’re getting our first good look at how the Slide Fire changed the landscape of Oak Creek Canyon. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo tours the canyon where the fire scorched more than 33 square miles.

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Local Headlines
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Navajo Families Live With Electricity For First Time

Margie Tso and her husband, Alvin, at their family ranch.
Credit George Hardeen


Turning on the lights or opening the fridge are things many of us take for granted. But if you’ve never had electricity, they might seem like luxuries. Now, for dozens of families on the Navajo Nation, those luxuries are becoming a reality. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, more than 60 families will soon have electricity for the first time in their lives.

Margie Tso has a beautiful view from her family ranch on the Navajo Nation, just southeast of Page.

“I have been living out here since 1952,” said Tso.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:59 am
Fri April 18, 2014

High Stakes For Third Graders Taking AIMS Test

Credit State of Arizona Education Dept.

This month, students across Arizona are taking the AIMS test for the very last time. Beginning next school year, the state will use a new exam that’s more in line with common core standards, like reading. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the stakes are particularly high for third graders.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:05 am
Thu April 10, 2014

New Law Could Expand the Horizons of Arizona’s Winemakers

Niles Johnson (left) and Joseph Ranallo rack barrels of white wine.
Credit Photo by Aaron Granillo

Arizona winemakers could soon be serving up something much stronger than merlots and chardonnays. New legislation would allow them to produce spirits, like cognac and grappa. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, 2014 could turn out to be a good year for Arizona’s wine country.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:42 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Third Annual Dew Downtown Sparks Water-Use Dispute

Protestors gather near San Francisco Street in downtown Flagstaff during the third annual Dew Downtown.
Credit Photo by Aaron Granillo

This past weekend, downtown Flagstaff transformed into an urban snowboarding course for the third annual Dew Downtown event. And between all of the tricks, jumps, grinds and grabs, there was also controversy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, some locals were upset that the man-made snow for the course came from Flagstaff’s drinking water supply.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:31 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Skull Valley General Store To Close After 98 Years In Business

"The Boys", at the Skull Valley General Store
Credit Aaron Granillo/KNAU

These days, it seems like Big Box grocers and convenience stores are on nearly every corner in every city in America. But, if you live in a small, rural town, you might do your shopping at the general store. That's what the people of Skull Valley - just south of Prescott - have been doing for nearly 100 years. And where would they go if the store shut down? As Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo reports, they're about to find out.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:25 am
Fri January 24, 2014

An Interview with Ira Glass, Host of 'This American Life'

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life"
Credit Photo by Stuart Mullenberg, courtesy of WBEZ

If you know public radio, then you most certainly know Ira Glass, host and creator of NPR’s “This American Life.” Glass recently spoke with KNAU's "Morning Edition" host Aaron Granillo from the WBEZ studios in Chicago.

Glass will present “Reinventing Radio,” a multimedia show that goes behind the scenes of “This American Life,” Sat, Jan. 25 at Ardrey Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University. For more info, see www.greenhouseproductions.net.

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