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About Cronkite News

Cronkite News provides dozens of original news, feature and investigative stories each week from the state and national capitals on issues critical to Arizonans. Launched in September 2010 as a service to Arizona citizens, Cronkite News is available free online at Cronkite News combines professionally edited content produced by Cronkite News Service, Cronkite NewsWatch and other professional experiences offered to advanced students in Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Top undergraduate and graduate students work from newsrooms in downtown Phoenix and in Washington, D.C., under the supervision of veteran journalists who serve on the Cronkite faculty.

Cronkite News Service journalists report and write daily news stories, features, enterprise and investigative stories for daily and weekly newspapers and news websites across Arizona and produce TV news packages for television newscasts statewide. Veteran journalists head the Cronkite News Service operation. Professor Steve Elliott is the bureau’s director of print and digital services, managing efforts for newspapers and news websites. Elliott spent 19 years with The Associated Press, serving as Arizona chief of bureau and as an executive at AP’s New York headquarters. Professor Susan Green is Cronkite News Service’s broadcast director. Green was managing editor at ABC15 in Phoenix and executive producer at WABC-TV in New York. Steve Crane, who runs the CNS Washington bureau, was a political reporter and editor with The Washington Times and formerly directed the University of Maryland’s student news service in the nation’s capital. 

Cronkite NewsWatch is the Cronkite School’s award-winning 30-minute nightly newscast, the largest student-produced newscast in the world. Student journalists produce four live newscasts each week that reach more than 1 million Arizonans via 8.3, a digital channel of Eight, Arizona’s PBS station, as well as Tempe and Mesa Cable 11. NewsWatch is led by Assistant Dean Mark Lodato, the school’s broadcast news director and a former investigative reporter at CBS5 in Phoenix and WUSA-TV in Washington.

Cronkite News also incorporates special reports by journalists in the national Carnegie-Knight News21 program, which is based at the Cronkite School, and AZ Fact Check, a partnership of Cronkite, The Arizona Republic, and 12 News.

Contact Us

Newsroom: 602.496.5020 or
Washington, D.C., newsroom: 202.684.2400 or

Steve Elliott, editor of Cronkite News and director of CNS digital: 602.496.0686 or

Steve Crane, director of CNS Washington bureau: 202.684.2398 or

Mark Lodato, assistant dean and broadcast news director: 602.496.9415 or

Sue Green, assistant news director and CNS broadcast director: 602.496.0687 or

Jim Jacoby, NewsWatch production manager: 602.496.7313 or

Melanie Alvarez, NewsWatch executive producer: 602.496.5235 or

Programs Within Cronkite News

Cronkite News Service
Cronkite NewsWatch
Carnegie-Knight News21
AZ Fact Check

Using Cronkite News Content

Cronkite News stories, photos and videos are available to publications, websites and newscasts that have agreed to terms of use set forth by the Cronkite School. To arrange to use Cronkite News content, contact Steve Elliott at 602.496.0686 or

Corrections Policy

Cronkite News is committed to accuracy and welcomes feedback on the accuracy of packages from sources and members of the public. Staff members and editors will correct errors of fact and clarify confusing information promptly and in a straightforward manner.

We will note significant corrections and clarifications within packages. We will correct minor spelling, punctuation and grammar errors without notice.