We are excited to introduce you to our spring intern, Chad Bradley, whose semester-long internship will bring you more stories that center Arizona communities and help you understand how to take action on the topics you care deeply about.

Bradley is a Diné journalist from northwestern New Mexico in their senior year and final semester at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Bradley’s reporting is focused on Indigenous communities and tribal nations and hopes to bring light and understanding to the issues Indigenous people face.

“We are lucky to have Chad join our Arizona Luminaria team. They are a talented writer and skilled investigative journalist who shares our values of centering the voices and the stories of people in our communities,” said Dianna Náñez, executive editor and co-founder of AZ Luminaria. “Chad cares about putting people and their stories first. They are also part of the next generation of journalists who we believe in supporting and joining forces with to create local newsrooms and news coverage that is a fair, equitable, ethical and accurate representation of our diverse communities.”

Bradley was a fact-checker with PolitiFact and a reporter with Carnegie-Knight News21 and Cronkite News, where they covered Arizona politics, public policy, health and police reform. They are a member of ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program, which supports students pursuing investigative journalism.

“I’m excited to work with AZ Luminaria because of their focus on the community and what is most important to them is also at the core of what I try to do,” Bradley said. “It’s about the people, these are their stories and we’re fortunate to have their trust in telling them. I want to strengthen that trust and the bonds we can have with our communities. And with AZ Luminaria, we can definitely continue working toward that.”

Outside of reporting, Bradley is a music and film buff who loves looking for new, old and obscure movies and artists among the aisles of the local record store. They also enjoy photography and traveling throughout Arizona and the Southwest to snap photos of the beautiful landscapes and scenery.

Follow Chad on Twitter: @chadebradley

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Dianna Náñez is Arizona Luminaria's Executive Editor and co-founder. She is an investigative journalist, narrative writer/editor and storytelling coach whose story of Indigenous and borderlands communities...