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Staff

The Hear Arizona podcast content is distributed through multi-media platforms to build upon the audiences that currently exist for KJZZ 91.5 FM and Sun Sounds of Arizona, in addition to various other streaming options.

 

Producers

Scott Bourque

Scott Bourque is a reporter for KJZZ and a producer for Hear Arizona. He got his start in media working as a reporter, photographer and producer for the American Forces Network, covering the tsunami relief operations in Japan in 2011, naval exercises in the Pacific, and combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013.

He graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in media studies, and earned a master’s in journalism from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Scott is a strong believer in the power of local, non-profit media to tell complex stories in a fair and ethical way, free of commercial influence. As a second-generation native Phoenician, Scott loves finding and telling the stories that define and shape his hometown.

Jaye McAuliffe

Jaye McAuliffe is a radio and podcast producer born and raised in Tempe. After studying at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, she worked as a freelance journalist and produced stories about the intersection of art and gender. She founded the independent podcast We Must Ignite, a show about people from marginalized communities trying to make it in the arts. She also produces for KJZZ's The Show.

Contributors

Andrea Pasquale

Andrea Pasquale is the director of Sun Sounds of Arizona, a reading and information service for people who can't read print because of a disability. She comes from Connecticut and moved to Arizona 2007 to get away from the snow and rain. She started at Sun Sounds as the Manager of Programming and Volunteers and has served as Director since 2016. Prior to her service with Sun Sounds, she was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc (CRIS). She began her service in Radio Reading in 1995 as a volunteer at CRIS, and she has over 25 years of radio experience. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire a long, long time ago and has been in radio ever since.

Kathy Ritchie

Kathy Ritchie began her public radio career in 2014, when she joined KJZZ. She regularly covers breaking news, as well as issues affecting people with disabilities and older Americans. Ritchie also contributes stories to WBUR’s Here & Now.

Ritchie has more than 15 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and regional publications, including Child, SMITH, Arizona Highways and asap, the AP’s multimedia storytelling service, and she loves finding unique ways to tell stories that matter to KJZZ listeners. 

Ritchie’s work was also featured in the book “The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure.” She also chronicled her experience as a caregiver in a blog called “My Demented Mom.”

Before coming home to Arizona in 2009, Ritchie lived in New York City. She got her start at ABC News and FOX News after earning her master’s degree from New York University. Ritchie earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.