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
5:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

NFL Not The Only League Using The "R-Word"

The Red Mesa High School "Redskins" warm-up before their last game of the season.
Credit KNAU/Aaron Granillo

There's a growing controversy playing out in the National Football League surrounding one of the team's names. For more than 80 years, Washington's football team has been called the "Redskins", a term many feel is derogatory towards Native Americans. But for one tiny high school on the Navajo Nation, nearly everyone - from students to faculty - embraces the name. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:05 am
Tue September 30, 2014

NAU Holocaust Exhibit Focuses On Survivors Of Będzin Ghetto

A photo from the exhibit, "Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Będzin Ghetto"
Credit Aaron Granillo/KNAU

Before the outbreak of World War II and the Holocaust, the Polish village of Będzin was a thriving Jewish community. But in 1939, Hitler made the decision to turn Będzin into a ghetto. Eventually, most of the villagers were sent to concentration camps. Most did not survive but a few teenagers did, including Flagstaff resident Doris Martin-Springer, now close to 90-years-old. Her story is part of a new student-curated exhibit opening today at Northern Arizona University. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, it showcases Będzin before and after the Nazi occupation, and is told by survivors, who lived through the genocide.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:48 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Super Bowl Sex: One Man's Plan To Open A Brothel In AZ For The Big Game

Credit www.laweekly.com

The Arizona Cardinals kick-off their season-opener tonight at home in Glendale, where this year's Super Bowl will be played. The city hosted the game once before in 2008, and it resulted in big money for area restaurants, hotels and other businesses. Now one man wants to capitalize on the Super Bowl crowd with a very different kind of venture. The plan involves opening a brothel in a state where prostitution is illegal. His argument? It would cut down on the amount of illegal sex trafficking.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:02 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Rita Cheng Settles into New Role as NAU President

NAU President Rita Cheng
Credit Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University started classes this week with thousands of new students and a new president. Rita Cheng is the former chancellor of Southern Illinois University. She replace former NAU president John Haeger, following his retirement. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo recently spoke with Cheng about her new role.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

An Update On The Monsoon Season With KNAU Meteorlogist Lee Born

A monsoon storm opens up over the red rocks of Sedona.
Credit Al Comello/The Sedona Eye

KNAU's Morning Edition host Aaron Granillo talks monsoon activity with meteorlogist Lee Born.

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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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