Stories in the ‘Life in the Southwest’ category …

Lawyer: Boy’s Confession To Killing Dad Was Coaxed

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) The attorney for the 8-year-old Arizona boy accused of killing his father and another man last month says he needs more evidence before he can consider a plea deal offered by the prosecution. The case now hinges on a videotaped confession that he suggests police may have coaxed. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s Day to Day.

Gov. Napolitano’s Move Leaves Some Arizonans Angry

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) With Democratic Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano moving to Washington to become Homeland Security Chief, she’s leaving behind a state entirely under Republican control. Some local Democrats feel abandoned in the midst of a severe budget crisis. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s Day to Day.

Is Arizona a Battleground State?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) There is little doubt that Barack Obama will win his home state of Illinois against his challenger John McCain in America’s presidential elections. But McCain’s home turf of Arizona is now considered a swing state by many, especially as Barack Obama starts to pump campaign cash into the southwestern state that has elected McCain to the Senate for more than 20 years. But as Rene Gutel reports from Phoenix, McCain has a lead but Obama’s crowd won’t go quietly. Listen here.

This story aired on World Radio Switzerland.

McCain HQ, AZ: The Band Plays On

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Rene Gutel reports on the atmosphere at John McCain headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona a short time before John McCain conceded defeat to Barack Obama. Listen here.

This report aired live on World Radio Switzerland on Election Night 2008.

The Last Weekend

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) At this stage the presidential race, more than ever before, is all about electoral math. Which states can you pick off to get to 270 electoral votes and win the presidency? For John McCain’s campaign, that means a huge focus on Pennsylvania. If McCain can win the Keystone state, he has a chance. From Pennsylvania, we head over to John McCain’s home state of Arizona to speak with reporter Rene Gutel. One would think it’s a gimme for McCain – he’s represented the state in the Senate for 20 years. But a recent series of polls show a statistical dead heat between McCain and Barack Obama. And late this week, the Obama campaign announced they would be buying advertising there, suggesting they think it’s in play. Rene Gutel joins us from the Arizona Democratic Party Headquarters in Phoenix. Listen here.

This story aired on Weekend America.

Kicking Gas to the Curb

Monday, October 6th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) We’ve all heard we can improve our gas mileage by changing our driving habits. You might think you already know what that means; Coast more, for example, or check your tires’ air pressure. But according to Ford Motor Company, if you really want to get better mileage, you need a trained coach in the passenger’s seat teaching you how to do it. In the final part of The Environment Report’s series on saving gas, we sent reporter Rene Gutel out to learn how to eco-drive. Listen here.

This story aired on The Environment Report.

World Radio Switzerland: Election Road Trip

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Our first stop is in the Southwestern U.S.—Phoenix, Arizona. Reporter Rene Gutel went to a truck stop in Phoenix to learn how economic pressures and high fuel prices are affecting truck drivers and other workers there. Listen here.

This story aired on World Radio Switzerland.

Politics on the Spot: Truck Stop

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) With the presidential election just over six weeks away, we’re launching a new series on Weekend America called “Politics on the Spot.” Over the next six weekends, we want to take you to places where important issues are at play every day – and to hear how those might be handled differently going forward depending on who’s our next president. We’re calling the series “Politics on the Spot.” Rene Gutel kicks off the series at a truck stop on the road west from Phoenix to Los Angeles. Listen here.

This story was produced for Weekend America.

McCain’s Real Summer Home

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

(Cornville, AZ) The names of presidential hometowns have a special ring to them, a sort of geographical charisma or gravitas. There was Hope, Arkansas. Plains, Georgia. Crawford, Texas and Kennebunkport, Maine. Well if John McCain is elected, the world will get to know a tiny town tucked in Arizona’s Verde Valley. It’s where McCain goes for weekend getaways. And it’s not where you think. Listen here.

This piece was produced for KJZZ and Weekend America.

Hot Jobs: Air Conditioner Repairman

Friday, August 15th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) When it gets really hot out and your air conditioner conks out, Russ Wichterman could be your knight in shining armor. Wichterman tells us what it’s like to be an air conditioning repairman. Listen Here.

This story aired on KJZZ and Marketplace.