Breaking News

During my time with USA Today in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to write breaking news stories from all over the nation. Below are some of the stories that stood out to me the most. Each of these stories amassed hundreds of thousands of views, and many of them were re-published by Gannett network sites and papers throughout the country, amounting to millions of views overall. 

I continued to cover breaking news when needed for The State Press, ASU's largest independent student-run media organization, during my senior year of college. After that, I helped with breaking news coverage for The Dallas Morning News, one of Texas' largest newspapers. 

Ducey announces new plans to reopen businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic

Openings will include barbershops and salons on May 8 and dine-in restaurants on May 11 Gov. Doug Ducey announced new plans on Monday to begin reopening businesses in phases amid the continued spread of COVID-19. Ducey said in a press conference that Arizona is "headed in the right direction" and stated that there is a downward trajectory in the number of influenza and COVID-19-like illnesses in hospitals, giving him the confidence to move forward with plans to reopen. Those plans include all

Tempe mayor orders closures of bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms

To help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, the Small Business Administration approved loans for Arizona Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued a proclamation today ordering the closure of all gyms, fitness centers, workout studios, movie theaters, dine-in restaurants and bars. Mitchell said that he issued the proclamation because he is "working proactively to keep our community safe." The announcement comes a day after Tempe City Council issued a citywide emergency to address the

ASU offers $1,500 nonrefundable credit to students who move off-campus

The University requested students with "other reasonable accommodations" move off-campus to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 Students who still live in campus residence halls and have "other reasonable accommodations" have been offered a $1,500 nonrefundable credit to move off-campus by April 15, according to an email from University housing. University officials had previously encouraged students living in campus residence halls to consider moving out, but stated that the buildings would remai

ASU asks on-campus students to consider moving out of residence halls

The move follows developments in the spread of COVID-19, including Arizona's first deaths Students who live in residence halls on campus have been asked to consider moving out if possible, according to an email from ASU University Housing sent to residents on Sunday morning. "Given the rapidly evolving circumstances regarding COVID-19 and our interest in ensuring your health and well-being, we are strongly encouraging you to consider the most appropriate housing accommodations for the near fut

Bars near ASU are closing due to COVID-19 concerns

The temporary closures come after the CDC advised against gathering in groups of 10 or more Concerns over the spread of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus, have pushed some bars and restaurants on Mill Avenue and near campus to decide between staying open or temporarily shutting their doors. The debate comes after Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the coronavirus, asking that Phoenix bars close by 8 p.m. and that restaurants shift to a takeout, deliv

COVID-19 and ASU: Here's what you need to know

The University remains open, but a majority of classes will be online for at least two weeks From new health guidelines to transitioning classes to an online format where possible, ASU officials are adjusting University practices to combat the spread of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus. New class formats will start March 16, after which University officials will decide how to move forward. There are currently 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona. The first person in the state who was affecte

ASU to temporarily cancel in-person classes because of coronavirus

ASU has transitioned all in-person classes to online effective March 16, due to concerns of COVID-19, known as the new coronavirus. The online courses will be in effect for two weeks, a school-wide email from President Crow said. Once the two weeks are over the University will assess the situation. Courses will be shifted to an online format using Zoom and other platforms used at ASU, such as Canvas and LockDown Browser, to ensure that students have the “full resources of the institution” ava

Volker steps down from State Department role, stays at McCain Institute

Volker steps down from State Department role, stays at McCain Institute WASHINGTON – Kurt Volker is still serving as executive director of the McCain Institute, after resigning as U.S. special envoy for Ukraine when his name surfaced last week in a whistleblower’s report on President Donald Trump’s dealings with that country. Volker’s resignation, first reported by The State Press at Arizona State University, came after he was identified as an intermediary between Ukranian President Volodymyr

University of Texas promises free tuition for low-income students

University of Texas promises full scholarships to in-state students with family incomes under $65K by 2020 In an effort to ease access to college, the University of Texas pledged Tuesday to provide full scholarships to undergraduates whose families make $65,000 or less annually. The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted to establish a $160 million endowment from the state's Permanent University Fund in order to offer the scholarships by fall 2020, according to a press release from

Area 51 raid? Facebook event has 379K people set to 'see them aliens'

Are we alone? Nearly 400K people have signed up for Facebook event to 'storm' Area 51 and 'see them aliens' If you've ever wondered whether we're alone in the galaxy, you're no space oddity. More than 379,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51 in southern Nevada in an effort to "see them aliens." An additional 396,000 respondents marked themselves as "interested" on the event page as of Thursday night. "If we [N]aruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,

Beto O'Rourke says he descended from slave owners, supports reparations

Beto O'Rourke says he is descended from slave owners, supports reparations to unite 'two Americas' Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke revealed Sunday that he and his wife are descended from slave owners, according to documents he said he received recently. The former House representative from El Paso, Texas, published a Medium blog post named after two slaves, Rose and Eliza, who he says his ancestors left to others in their will. "Something that we’ve been thinking about and talki

Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: What we know

3 dead, including 2 children, and at least 12 hurt: What we know about Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee confirmed Monday afternoon that a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, left three people dead: Stephen Romero, 6, Trevor Irby, 25, and Keyla Salazar, 13. Police identified the shooter, who died at the scene, as Santino William Legan, 19. At least 12 people were wounded and taken to multiple hospitals; their conditions ranged from fair to crit

Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's son, dead

Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza, heir to al-Qaida leadership, is dead, US officials say Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza, heir apparent to leadership of the militant group al-Qaida, is dead, according to multiple U.S. officials. He was killed sometime in the past two years, during the Trump administration, but officials took some time to confirm his death, The New York Times reported. In February, the State Department said Hamza was emerging as the new leader of the group and offered a $1 million re

Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter, Saoirse Hill, dies at 22

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts Thursday. She was 22. The Kennedy family confirmed her death in a statement to the Associated Press, saying, "Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse." "She lit up our lives with her love, her peals of laughter and her generous spirit," the statement said, noting that Hill was passionate about human rights, women's empowerment and volunteer work in indig

De'Von Bailey: Colorado family wants investigation into police shooting

De'Von Bailey was shot in the back and killed by police, his family says. They're rallying for 'justice' Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misrepresented a quote from Deb Walker, executive director of Citizens Project. The family of a black Colorado man who was fatally shot by police this month in Colorado Springs are rallying to demand an independent investigation into his death. Surveillance video obtained last week by The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs a