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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A rancher from Mojave County has been killed in a shootout with police in Oregon. Robert “Lavoy” Finicum was one of the armed protestors occupying a federal wildlife refuge there for nearly a month. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.

The Salt Lake Tribune /Trent Nelson; 12.19.2006

The mayors of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah will defend themselves in federal court starting this week. The US Justice Department will try to prove the twin towns are controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It’s a religion many believe is fraught with polygamy and corruption, and is still run by long-time leader Warren Jeffs, now serving a life sentence for sexually abusing minors. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, some former FLDS members will testify they’ve been harassed by the towns’ leadership for years.

Craig Childs

On Saturday night, Flagstaff will get a preview of the city’s 2016 Mountain Film Festival. The event’s organizers are putting on “A Night Of Visionary Live Art” at the Orpheum Theater. It will include short films, documentaries, and interactive presentations by local filmmakers and writers, including acclaimed author Craig Childs. He joined Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo to talk about his performance. 

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A new state poll shows Republican Arizona Senator John McCain could be in for a tight race to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, next year’s election may be closer than expected.

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Arizona Senator John McCain says it’s insulting for some international groups to call the US airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan a war crime. McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, says it was a tragic accident instigated by the Taliban. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.


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Orange and gold leaves usually fill the branches of Aspen trees this time of year. But as Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, a fungal disease is turning some of those leaves brown and blotchy across the Southwest.

Northern Arizona University

On Thursday night, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will light up the dome at the Arizona State Capitol  purple -- a color that represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's an issue that does not discriminate. Domestic violence affects all cultures, races, ages, and genders. Arizona Public Radio spoke about the issue with Holly Hulen, assistant director of the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University

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One of the men who’s accused of slinging rocks at cars and people in the Phoenix-area says he wasn’t trying to copy the gunman who’s been shooting at cars on freeways recently. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the three friends face several charges, including assault and criminal damage.

The Flagstaff Light Opera Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the last two-decades, the FLOC has performed some 60 shows, including songs from well-known and beloved musicals, like The King and I and Sound of Music. On Friday night, the company will showcase its talent in a medley performance, commemorating the special anniversary.  Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo stopped by a recent rehearsal, as the FLOC prepared for the show.

Arizona’s Senator John McCain and Congressman Paul Gosar are pushing legislation that would give compensation to “down winders” in Mohave County. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, a federal law excludes parts of the county from receiving financial relief.

Jean Bishop was a baby when atomic explosions would fill the sky near her home in Nevada. It was in the early 50s, when her family lived downwind from government nuclear test sites. Then, in 2013, Bishop developed breast cancer. A year later, her sister received the same diagnosis.