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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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.

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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.

Justin Clifton

Canyon Lands National Park in southern Utah is a preserve for countless archaeological and cultural artifacts. It also sits atop highly sought after oil deposits. That dichotomy is the focus of a new documentary by Flagstaff filmmaker Justin Clifton. Our Canyon Lands explores the history and current challenges of land management near the park. Thursday night is the Flagstaff premiere of Clifton's film. He spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo about the documentary.

Farmers in central Arizona are working together to protect a precious resource that flows through their land. The Verde River supplies every drop of water they use for irrigation, and everything else in their lives. As the drought swallows up lakes and rivers across the West, Verde Valley farmers are embracing new and old technology to ensure their water supply doesn’t dry up. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.

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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.

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."