Friday, December 15, 2017

KJZZ & Rio Salado Open Hermosillo News Bureau

Image of KJZZ newsroom in Tempe, Arizona

Rio Salado’s member-supported NPR station KJZZ 91.5 FM will open a news bureau in Hermosillo, Mexico in a partnership with the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo, to expand its coverage of the business and economic relationships between Arizona and Mexico.

Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and KJZZ General Manager Jim Paluzzi joined representatives from the Universidad Tecnológica and the Sonoran Secretary of Education to sign a partnership agreement at an Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico on Nov. 7, 2017.

snapshot of YouTube video of signing meeting

“Increasing accurate news across our borders will benefit residents in Arizona and Mexico,” said Bustamante. “It is exciting to partner with the Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo, allowing KJZZ to report on important information to both communities and regions we serve and at the same time give students hands-on experience to support the learning they receive in the classroom.”

“KJZZ is a force for news and information in Phoenix and has proven experience with international reporting,” said Paluzzi. “This is another example of the station’s commitment to providing listeners with in-depth coverage of important regional issues that are seldom covered by other media.”

snapshot of UT Hermosillo web page banner.

The newsroom will be located on the Universidad Tecnológica campus to complement the efforts of KJZZ’s Mexico City news bureau, which opened in 2016. KJZZ is the only NPR member-station with an international bureau. 

"Hermosillo is known for its investment in the IT sector and the state of Arizona is making huge strides in trade with that city in the technology sector and other areas," said KJZZ Associate General Manager of Editorial Strategy Mark Moran. "These are important stories not being heard, that directly impact Arizona's economy."

According to the Arizona-Mexico Commission, in 2016 total two-way trade between Mexico and Arizona was $15.7 billion ($8.3 billion in exports and $7.4 billion in imports from Mexico).