Stories in the ‘Politics’ category …

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.

Immigration Showdown in Phoenix

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

phoenix.jpg Protestors and counter-demonstrators gather every Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz., to rally, either for or against, a tough new immigration law that will take affect in January. Rene Gutel reports on the tumult that has become a weekly standard. Listen here.

This story aired on Weekend America.

Border Fence Politics in Arizona

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

(Phoenix, AZ) Rene Gutel reports from Arizona on a new political ad airing around the country. It’s called “Where’s the Fence?” It’s about border fence construction approved by Congress, but not yet completed. The main targets of the ad, though, are lawmakers, like Senator John McCain of Arizona, who support an immigration reform plan currently being debated on Capitol Hill. Listen here.

This story aired on PRI’s The World.

Southern Arizona congressional race

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

(Douglas, AZ) Immigration and border security top the agenda in the race for an open Congressional seat in southern Arizona. The contest could tell us something about how the nation views these issues. Rene Gutel of station KJZZ reports. Listen here.

This story aired on PRI’s The World.