As part of the ASU/Luce Rapid Response CoVid-19 inititative, undergraduate students from the Walter Conkrite School of Journalism were hired to report on the the groups and their struggles during the pandmic. These stories have been published and were added to the Journal of the Plague Year archive on the Southwest Stories Site. 

Our Student Reporters

Their Mentors

Rafael Carranza is a multi-media reporter based in Tucson.  He has been covering the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, on and off, since 2009. Before joining The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network, he worked as a foreign correspondent covering the Pope and the Vatican in Rome.

Maria Polletta covers the Governor’s Office and state agencies for The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network, with an emphasis on accountability of elected officials and an eye toward issues directly affecting Arizonans’ quality of life. She has previously covered inequality issues, city politics and economic development for the paper, traveling throughout Arizona and Mexico, and has also directed weekend breaking-news coverage. She teaches Journalism Ethics & Diversity as an adjunct professor at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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