I spent the fall of 2010 as a digital reporter and multimedia producer for Cronkite News Service, a student-staffed wire service and online news site. Below are highlights from CNS as well as other online newsgathering and reporting.

Click here for a comprehensive list of my spot, enterprise, election coverage and depth reporting for CNS.

Spot stories

Back from the brink: Effort to restore native frog reaches milestone – Sept. 7, 2010

A threatened species of frog is making a comeback in Rim Country and the hite Mountains. A state recovery program involving the Phoenix Zoo is celebrating the release of the 10,000th Chiricahua leopard frog raised in captivity.

Yep. Nope. To save money, Phoenix educates residents about recycling –  Nov. 10, 2010

For all the good Phoenix residents are doing recycling plastic, newspaper, aluminum and other materials, they’re also costing the city more than $1 million a year to deal with items that shouldn’t be in the bins. Mayor Phil Gordon says a little education is in order.

Enterprise stories

Phoenix’s Sky Harbor celebrates 75 years of takeoffs and landings – Oct. 8, 2010
Since its purchase by the city of Phoenix 75 years ago, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has grown from a one-building operation dubbed The Farm into the nation’s ninth-busiest airport, catering to tens of millions of passengers each year.

Cities across Arizona using Twitter to share news, connect with public – Sept. 13, 2010

Local governments across Arizona are using Twitter accounts to enhance their efforts to communicate with the public. Many use it to share basic information, and some are using the social media tool to interact with constituents and the general public.

Depth stories

Immigrant families face tough choices when parents are deported – Aug. 19, 2010

More than 100,000 illegal immigrant parents of U.S.-born children were deported from 1998 to 2007. When that happens, families face wrenching decisions about whether to leave children in the U.S. or have them start over in a strange country.

Arizona’s Iraqi refugees struggle to find work in professions they left behind –  Dec. 8, 2010

Arizona has one of the largest Iraqi refugee populations in the country. Many are well-educated but have difficulty finding positions similar to those they had in Iraq. While several states have initiatives to help refugees with professional experience, Arizona doesn’t.

Other online content

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear – Oct. 30,  2010

I had the opportunity to contribute to Intersect.com and the Washington Post’s crowdsourced coverage of Comedy Central’s rally on the National Mall. You can view my entire album of posts from the rally here.

FAIR-y Tales – Dec. 1,  2010

I also provided research assistance for an investigative story written by Terry Greene Sterling for the Village Voice publications about funding sources of anti-immigration efforts.