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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Dr. Michael Lerma is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. He’s just released his first book, “Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century: Knowledge for the Indigenous Spring.” It examines what sovereignty means to indigenous nations. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo recently sat down with Dr. Lerma to discuss the book.

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It's been just over a month since Flagstaff police officer Tyler Stewart was killed in the line of duty. The rookie officer was shot to death while following up on a domestic violence case. As investigators continue to search for a motive, Stewart's fellow officers - and the community - are trying to make sense of the tragedy. So is a group of Flagstaff middle school students. They're responding to Stewart's death by showing compassion and respect for law enforcement.

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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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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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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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