Stories in the ‘Life in the Southwest’ category …

Resettling Refugees in Phoenix

Monday, July 21st, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Hundreds of refugees are resettled in Arizona every year. Rene Gutel reports from Phoenix on those who work to make sure the refugees get a good start in America. Listen here.

This story aired on KJZZ and PRI’s The World.

Arts Engagement in Phoenix

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Producer Rene Gutel from public radio station KJZZ in Phoenix reports on a new program to help people with degenerative brain illnesses stay socially connected and aware by going to the symphony. Listen here.

This story aired on KJZZ and WBUR’s Here and Now.

A 60-Something College Tennis Champ

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

(Glendale, AZ) The women’s tennis team at Grand Canyon University in Arizona has an unusual player this year — a 60-year-old named Sheila Johnson. She played for three years at Arizona State in the ’60s, but still had one year of eligibility left. Listen here.

This story was produced for KJZZ and NPR’s Day to Day.

Signing Up to be Watched

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

jody.jpg(Phoenix, AZ) Phoenix singer-songwriter Jody Gnant is never alone. That’s because she has been streaming her life on the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the last six months. She’s part of a new generation of “lifecasters.” Listen here!

This story was reported for KJZZ and Weekend America.

Remembering Balbir Singh Sodhi

Saturday, September 15th, 2007


On Sept. 15, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed in front of his gas station in a suburb of Phoenix, Ariz. His killer believed he was avenging the September 11 terrorist attacks by killing a Muslim, but Sodhi was a Sikh. Since then the Sodhi family suffered another tragedy when Balbir’s brother was gunned down in San Francisco. Reporter Rene Gutel tells the story of how one surviving brother’s life has been changed by these incidents. Listen Here!

This story was reported for KJZZ and Weekend America.

Steroids Case Spreads from Docs to Medics, Police

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Dozens of Phoenix firefighters and police officers have been caught up in a federal investigation of illegal steroid use. The DEA investigation originally involved only the doctors distributing the steroids but has expanded to include many first responders. Listen here!

This story was reported for KJZZ and National Public Radio. 

Man Isolated with Deadly Tuberculosis Strain

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

(Phoenix, AZ) Robert Daniels is being held in a detention ward at an Arizona hospital because he is infected with a deadly strain of tuberculosis. Daniels refused to comply with voluntary quarantine rules. Rene Gutel of member station KJZZ reports, and Dr. Ross Upshur, head of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, argues that isolation is the only way to contain dangerous types of TB. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s Day to Day.

Church Hosts Conference on ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

(Phoenix, AZ) The controversial idea that counseling and therapy can overcome homosexual tendencies is at the heart of what’s called the “ex-gay movement.” Proponents of ways that gays and lesbians can be “cured” recently held a conference in Phoenix, Ariz. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s All Things Considered.