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  • People in their 30s fighting Alzheimer's may unlock clues for everyone else

    People in their 30s fighting Alzheimer's may unlock clues for everyone else

    Friday, June 9 2017 10:14 AM EDT2017-06-09 14:14:17 GMT
    Alzheimer's is a debilitating, degenerative disease with no known cure. (Source: olegdudko via 123R)Alzheimer's is a debilitating, degenerative disease with no known cure. (Source: olegdudko via 123R)

    A local doctor is working on a couple of groundbreaking Alzheimer's studies that could someday give all of us the option of unlocking an early diagnosis.

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    A local doctor is working on a couple of groundbreaking Alzheimer's studies that could someday give all of us the option of unlocking an early diagnosis.

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  • Forced to shoot: Valley widow talks about life or death decision

    Forced to shoot: Valley widow talks about life or death decision

    Friday, May 12 2017 8:25 AM EDT2017-05-12 12:25:18 GMT
    Cindy Bulk was forced to open fire on an intruder but suffered PTSD from it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Cindy Bulk was forced to open fire on an intruder but suffered PTSD from it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    A Valley widow is talking for the very first time about how she grabbed her gun and survived a brutal beating.She also talked about how pulling the trigger saved her life but also stole something from her.

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    A Valley widow is talking for the very first time about how she grabbed her gun and survived a brutal beating. She also talked about how pulling the trigger saved her life but also stole something from her.

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  • Ambiguous loss: Losing a loved one while they're still here

    Ambiguous loss: Losing a loved one while they're still here

    Monday, March 13 2017 10:31 PM EDT2017-03-14 02:31:27 GMT
    A local nonprofit is helping families dealing with Alzheimer's find strength. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)A local nonprofit is helping families dealing with Alzheimer's find strength. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Losing your loved one while they're still here is a common heartache for families dealing with Alzheimer's. Now, a local nonprofit is helping them and other caregivers find strength in the journey that gets harder by the day.

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    Losing your loved one while they're still here is a common heartache for families dealing with Alzheimer's. Now, a local nonprofit is helping them and other caregivers find strength in the journey that gets harder by the day.

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  • Pot next to a preschool? Your tax dollars are defending the state

    Pot next to a preschool? Your tax dollars are defending the state

    Friday, February 10 2017 8:00 AM EST2017-02-10 13:00:44 GMT
    One of the 31 recently licensed locations in jeopardy is right next door to a preschool in Ahwatukee. (Source: 3TV)One of the 31 recently licensed locations in jeopardy is right next door to a preschool in Ahwatukee. (Source: 3TV)

    How did a shop right next door to a preschool get the green light to sell weed? 

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    How did a shop right next door to a preschool get the green light to sell weed? 

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  • Dementia Walk helps caregivers relate to loved ones

    Dementia Walk helps caregivers relate to loved ones

    Thursday, November 10 2016 1:16 AM EST2016-11-10 06:16:25 GMT
    The Dementia Walk at a facility in Phoenix helps people related to their loved ones' struggles. (Source: 3TV)The Dementia Walk at a facility in Phoenix helps people related to their loved ones' struggles. (Source: 3TV)

    Life with Alzheimer's can sometimes feel isolating when others can't relate to your everyday challenges. But now, local caregivers are getting new insight on their loved ones' struggles. 

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    Life with Alzheimer's can sometimes feel isolating when others can't relate to your everyday challenges. But now, local caregivers are getting new insight on their loved ones' struggles. 

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  • Gift of life: Living donors give to strangers to save loved ones

    Gift of life: Living donors give to strangers to save loved ones

    Friday, October 14 2016 1:35 AM EDT2016-10-14 05:35:08 GMT
    Paired donation creates a donor tree so everyone has a better chance of getting a matched organ. (Source: 3TV)Paired donation creates a donor tree so everyone has a better chance of getting a matched organ. (Source: 3TV)

    Can you imagine needing a life-saving transplant and every friend or family member who offered to get tested to see if they were a match wasn't compatible? There is a way they can give to a complete stranger to save you!  

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    Can you imagine needing a life-saving transplant and every friend or family member who offered to get tested to see if they were a match wasn't compatible? There is a way they can give to a complete stranger to save you!  

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  • Suicide prevention and immunization for officers

    Suicide prevention and immunization for officers

    Wednesday, October 5 2016 12:40 AM EDT2016-10-05 04:40:08 GMT

    Police train all the time in use of force, special tactics and officer safety. Now, Valley police officers are going through special training to protect them from their biggest threat. The No.1 killer of police is suicide. Departments from all over the Valley just came together to put their officers and deputies through new life-saving on-the-job training. 

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    Police train all the time in use of force, special tactics and officer safety. Now, Valley police officers are going through special training to protect them from their biggest threat. The No.1 killer of police is suicide. Departments from all over the Valley just came together to put their officers and deputies through new life-saving on-the-job training. 

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  • Medical marijuana: Dispensary applicants ignore zoning ordinances

    Medical marijuana: Dispensary applicants ignore zoning ordinances

    Friday, September 23 2016 12:10 AM EDT2016-09-23 04:10:06 GMT
    Passed by voters in 2010, Arizona’s medical marijuana law gave the state authority to license and regulate a select number of medical marijuana dispensaries. (Source: 3TV)Passed by voters in 2010, Arizona’s medical marijuana law gave the state authority to license and regulate a select number of medical marijuana dispensaries. (Source: 3TV)

    The Arizona Department of Health Services is getting ready to award the next round of medical marijuana dispensary licenses next month, but there are dozens of applicants who want to open up shop next to schools, churches and homes, places that are supposed to be protected from that kind of development. 3TV has learned that those questionable applicants might fare better than others already in compliance with zoning laws, all because the state changed the selection rules.

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    The Arizona Department of Health Services is getting ready to award the next round of medical marijuana dispensary licenses next month, but there are dozens of applicants who want to open up shop next to schools, churches and homes, places that are supposed to be protected from that kind of development. 3TV has learned that those questionable applicants might fare better than others already in compliance with zoning laws, all because the state changed the selection rules.

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  • Problems with Arizona's licensing process for medical marijuana dispensaries?

    Problems with Arizona's licensing process for medical marijuana dispensaries?

    Saturday, August 27 2016 1:10 AM EDT2016-08-27 05:10:12 GMT
    As Arizona voters consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall, there are new questions about the state’s medical marijuana system.  (Source: 3TV)As Arizona voters consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall, there are new questions about the state’s medical marijuana system.  (Source: 3TV)

    As Arizona voters consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall, there are new questions about the state’s medical marijuana system. 

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    As Arizona voters consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall, there are new questions about the state’s medical marijuana system. 

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  • LIFE WITH ALZHEIMER'S

    Healthy people needed for Alzheimer's clinical trials

    Healthy people needed for Alzheimer's clinical trials

    Friday, August 19 2016 6:12 PM EDT2016-08-19 22:12:31 GMT
    Pat and Ron Carmichael recently celebrated with 55th wedding anniversary. (Source: 3TV)Pat and Ron Carmichael recently celebrated with 55th wedding anniversary. (Source: 3TV)

    It has been a decade since the last new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease came out. There are quite a few clinical trials underway to find a cure and new therapies, but 80 percent of those trials are delayed because not enough healthy people participate. 

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    It has been a decade since the last new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease came out. There are quite a few clinical trials underway to find a cure and new therapies, but 80 percent of those trials are delayed because not enough healthy people participate. 

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  • Specialty schools giving low-income families new hope

    Specialty schools giving low-income families new hope

    Tuesday, August 2 2016 12:30 AM EDT2016-08-02 04:30:07 GMT
    Phoenix Coding Academy welcomes its first class this month. (Source: 3TV)Phoenix Coding Academy welcomes its first class this month. (Source: 3TV)

    As most Arizona kids head back to class, there are more specialty schools to choose from this year. Nearly 40 percent of schools across Arizona offer some sort of specialty program through public education, catering to specific careers and trades to get kids more engaged and excited about their own futures. 

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    As most Arizona kids head back to class, there are more specialty schools to choose from this year. Nearly 40 percent of schools across Arizona offer some sort of specialty program through public education, catering to specific careers and trades to get kids more engaged and excited about their own futures. 

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  • 4-year-old who beat rare, aggressive muscle cancer celebrates final treatment

    4-year-old who beat rare, aggressive muscle cancer celebrates final treatment

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 12:14 AM EDT2016-07-12 04:14:01 GMT
    When Audrey Hughes was diagnosed with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma last summer, her prognosis was not great. The muscle cancer is rare and extremely aggressive. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)When Audrey Hughes was diagnosed with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma last summer, her prognosis was not great. The muscle cancer is rare and extremely aggressive. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    After more than a year of weekly treatments for a rare form of cancer, a Valley 4-year-old celebrated her final round of chemotherapy at Cardon Children's Medical Center Monday. 

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    After more than a year of weekly treatments for a rare form of cancer, a Valley 4-year-old celebrated her final round of chemotherapy at Cardon Children's Medical Center Monday. 

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  • Age is just a number: fighting dementia in your 30s & 40s

    Age is just a number: fighting dementia in your 30s & 40s

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 2:48 PM EDT2016-05-25 18:48:43 GMT
    A new program is helping those in their 30s and 40s who have stage 1 dementia (Source: KPHO/KTVK)A new program is helping those in their 30s and 40s who have stage 1 dementia (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    Imagine being diagnosed with dementia in your 30s or 40s. There is no cure. But there is hope. A Valley specialist says it takes more than crossword puzzles and brain teasers to slow the pace and progression of dementia

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    Imagine being diagnosed with dementia in your 30s or 40s. There is no cure. But there is hope. A Valley specialist says it takes more than crossword puzzles and brain teasers to slow the pace and progression of dementia

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  • Unseen scars: Injured officers often endure years of recovery

    Unseen scars: Injured officers often endure years of recovery

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 12:01 PM EDT2016-05-25 16:01:11 GMT
    Former Maricopa County Deputy Ruben Garcia nearly died after being shot in the line of duty in January 2013. It's not obvious looking at him, but he's still suffering from those injuries. (Source: 3TV)Former Maricopa County Deputy Ruben Garcia nearly died after being shot in the line of duty in January 2013. It's not obvious looking at him, but he's still suffering from those injuries. (Source: 3TV)

    When a police officer or deputy is shot or injured on the job, there is often a huge swell of public support. Rarely do we get to see what his or her life looks like in the months and years, even decades, to come -- the struggle to recover after a career-ending injury.

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    When a police officer or deputy is shot or injured on the job, there is often a huge swell of public support. Rarely do we get to see what his or her life looks like in the months and years, even decades, to come -- the struggle to recover after a career-ending injury.

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  • New Valley preschool boasts 1:4 teacher ratio & focus on language development

    New Valley preschool boasts 1:4 teacher ratio & focus on language development

    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:26 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:26:07 GMT

    If you're looking into preschools for your toddler, the state ratio is one teacher to 8 kids for two year- olds, up to 1:20 for 5 year- olds.

    At SARRC community preschool, the teacher student ratio is always 1:4 with a strong emphasis on language development, social interaction, and vocalization. The school is enrolling now for a new site in Tempe.

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    If you're looking into preschools for your toddler, the state ratio is one teacher to 8 kids for two year- olds, up to 1:20 for 5 year- olds.

    At SARRC community preschool, the teacher student ratio is always 1:4 with a strong emphasis on language development, social interaction, and vocalization. The school is enrolling now for a new site in Tempe.

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  • Helping adults with autism live more independent lives

    Helping adults with autism live more independent lives

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 8:05 PM EDT2016-04-14 00:05:36 GMT
    First Place Transition Academy at Gateway Community College (Photo source: firstplaceaz.org)First Place Transition Academy at Gateway Community College (Photo source: firstplaceaz.org)

    What happens when autistic kids grow up?  Stats show 86 percent are unemployed. But there’s new hope here in the Valley. A new first-of-its-kind apartment complex and resource campus designed for adults with autism is getting ready to break ground in downtown Phoenix. 

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    What happens when autistic kids grow up?  Stats show 86 percent are unemployed.  But there’s new hope here in the Valley. A new, first-of-its-kind apartment complex and resource campus designed for adults with autism is getting ready to break ground in downtown Phoenix. 

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  • Navy SEAL Experience for civilians

    Navy SEAL Experience for civilians

    Friday, April 1 2016 12:54 AM EDT2016-04-01 04:54:18 GMT
    Tacflow team has opened a new Navy SEALs experience for civilians (Source: KPHO/KTVK)Tacflow team has opened a new Navy SEALs experience for civilians (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    The Tacflow team in north Phoenix has opened up a new center where civilians can learn special tactics and combat, working first hand with former Navy SEALs, SWAT team members, snipers and other experts.

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    The Tacflow team in north Phoenix has opened up a new center where civilians can learn special tactics and combat, working first hand with former Navy SEALs, SWAT team members, snipers and other experts.

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  • ONLY ON 3

    Valley company turning tech addiction into a strength

    Valley company turning tech addiction into a strength

    Monday, March 28 2016 2:17 PM EDT2016-03-28 18:17:13 GMT
    Valley gym company turning technology addiction into a strength (Source: KPHO/KTVK)Valley gym company turning technology addiction into a strength (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    How Addicted to technology have we become? And is there anything good  that can come of our apparent 24- 7  always- on ties to technology? A valley neurologist says we've lost four seconds in attention span in the last decade, it might not sound like much, but he says it's troubling. Now, a valley company's found a way to play on our weakness to make Arizona families stronger.

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    How Addicted to technology have we become? And is there anything good  that can come of our apparent 24- 7  always- on ties to technology? A valley neurologist says we've lost four seconds in attention span in the last decade, it might not sound like much, but he says it's troubling. Now, a valley company's found a way to play on our weakness to make Arizona families stronger.

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  • Sex slave survivor comes to Arizona to tell her story

    Sex slave survivor comes to Arizona to tell her story

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 11:15 PM EST2016-03-03 04:15:18 GMT
    Colleen Stan, now 59, was kidnapped by a seemingly normal couple when she was 20 years old. She was tortured. She forced to be a sex slave. That was her life for more than seven years. (Source: 3TV)Colleen Stan, now 59, was kidnapped by a seemingly normal couple when she was 20 years old. She was tortured. She forced to be a sex slave. That was her life for more than seven years. (Source: 3TV)

    Kidnapped, tortured and locked in a box for up to 23 hours a day for more than seven years, sex slave survivor Colleen Stan came to Arizona to tell her story. Her story has inspired two books, countless TV and documentary spin offs, a song and even an opera. For the first time, she's watching behind the scenes as her lesson of hope and awareness and healing unfolds.

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    Kidnapped, tortured and locked in a box for up to 23 hours a day for more than seven years, sex slave survivor Colleen Stan came to Arizona to tell her story. Her story has inspired two books, countless TV and documentary spin offs, a song and even an opera. For the first time, she's watching behind the scenes as her lesson of hope and awareness and healing unfolds.

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  • Sleeping on the job? Some bosses want you to!

    Sleeping on the job? Some bosses want you to!

    Friday, February 19 2016 1:28 PM EST2016-02-19 18:28:15 GMT
    (Source: Adisorn Saovadee via 123 RF)(Source: Adisorn Saovadee via 123 RF)

    In today's corporate culture of coming in early, staying late and working through lunch, more Valley bosses say the secret to success and productivity is letting employees sleep on the job.

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    In today's corporate culture of coming in early, staying late and working through lunch, more Valley bosses say the secret to success and productivity is letting employees sleep on the job.

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  • Wrongfully convicted search for justice after winning their freedom

    Wrongfully convicted search for justice after winning their freedom

    Thursday, February 11 2016 11:00 PM EST2016-02-12 04:00:39 GMT
    Rafael Suarez was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit (Source: KPHO/KTVK)Rafael Suarez was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    The Netflix documentary "Making a murderer" has challenged perceptions of the innocent behind bars.Tracking the fallout on what happens once the wrongfully convicted win their freedom,we found a Valley man who won a million dollars for doing time for a crime he didn't commit.The fight to find him justice was a roller coaster of deception.How those who owe him money skirted the system & how we can fix it.

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    The Netflix documentary "Making a murderer" has challenged perceptions of the innocent behind bars. Tracking the fallout on what happens once the wrongfully convicted win their freedom,we found a Valley man who won a million dollars for doing time for a crime he didn't commit.The fight to find him justice was a roller coaster of deception. How those who owe him money skirted the system & how we can fix it.

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  • Valley program helps teen moms find fresh start

    Valley program helps teen moms find fresh start

    Saturday, December 5 2015 8:59 AM EST2015-12-05 13:59:53 GMT
    Arizona ranks 12th in the country when it comes to teen births. A valley non-profit is working to break the cycle by helping teen moms get their GEDs and free childcare at the same time.More >

    Arizona ranks 12th in the country when it comes to teen births. A valley non-profit is working to break the cycle by helping teen moms get their GEDs and free childcare at the same time.

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  • How a Valley teen became a $50K/month YouTube star

    How a Valley teen became a $50K/month YouTube star

    Friday, November 13 2015 12:15 AM EST2015-11-13 05:15:24 GMT
    (Source: KTVK/KPHO)(Source: KTVK/KPHO)
    Two of the Forbes Top 10 millionaires are gamers. We found a Valley teen who just graduated high school, and is getting paid to play!  More >
    Two of the Forbes Top 10 millionaires are gamers. We found a Valley teen who just graduated high school, and is getting paid to play! 
     
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  • More survivors getting 3-D breast tattoos

    More survivors getting 3-D breast tattoos

    Wednesday, October 21 2015 11:06 PM EDT2015-10-22 03:06:39 GMT
    Three-dimensional nipple tattoos are the newest trend for breast cancer survivors undergoing reconstructive surgery. Valley survivors say their new looks are making all the difference in their new beginnings. More >
    Three-dimensional nipple tattoos are the newest trend for breast cancer survivors undergoing reconstructive surgery. Valley survivors say their new looks are making all the difference in their new beginnings. More >
  • Former combat survivor becomes triathlete to help others

    Former combat survivor becomes triathlete to help others

    Monday, September 21 2015 6:06 PM EDT2015-09-21 22:06:41 GMT
    A Navy Seal, who survived 27 close-range shots and a grenade blast a few feet from his head in Iraq, is now on a mission to help other combat veterans get the best treatment for traumatic brain injuries.More >
    A Navy Seal, who survived 27 close-range shots and a grenade blast a few feet from his head in Iraq, is now on a mission to help other combat veterans get the best treatment for traumatic brain injuries.More >
  • AZ Safe Baby Haven holds memorial for baby found in dumpster

    AZ Safe Baby Haven holds memorial for baby found in dumpster

    Thursday, September 10 2015 7:05 PM EDT2015-09-10 23:05:56 GMT
    (Source: Nicole Crites)(Source: Nicole Crites)
    Arizona Safe Baby Haven held a loving memorial and proper burial on Tuesday for a baby boy found dead in a Glendale dumpster last month. They named the baby Jonah. “We wanted to show him love, give him an ending he deserves. That's the most important thing,” said Heather Burner, executive director of Arizona Safe Baby Haven. More >
    Arizona Safe Baby Haven held a loving memorial and proper burial on Tuesday for a baby boy found dead in a Glendale dumpster last month. They named the baby Jonah. “We wanted to show him love, give him an ending he deserves. That's the most important thing,” said Heather Burner, executive director of Arizona Safe Baby Haven. More >
  • Formerly homeless addict gets full- ride college scholarship

    Formerly homeless addict gets full- ride college scholarship

    Wednesday, August 19 2015 8:20 PM EDT2015-08-20 00:20:44 GMT
    For the first time, GCU is giving one formerly homeless student a full-ride scholarship -- that's tuition and room and board. The recipient, Jesse Dallariva, doesn't stick out in the crowd. He's young and attractive, and eager to start classes, just like everyone else.More >
    For the first time, GCU is giving one formerly homeless student a full-ride scholarship -- that's tuition and room and board. The recipient, Jesse Dallariva, doesn't stick out in the crowd. He's young and attractive, and eager to start classes, just like everyone else.More >
  • New website lets patients search for surgeons with best outcomes

    New website lets patients search for surgeons with best outcomes

    Tuesday, August 4 2015 10:13 PM EDT2015-08-05 02:13:41 GMT
    Patients for the first time can get a groundbreaking look at the performance of individual surgeons, equipping them to base decisions in part on doctors’ track records.More >
    Patients for the first time can get a groundbreaking look at the performance of individual surgeons, equipping them to base decisions in part on doctors’ track records.More >

Nicole CritesNicole Crites anchors "Good Evening Arizona" weeknights 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on 3TV with Brandon Lee.

Click to learn more about Nicole.

Nicole Crites

The two- time Emmy award winner has been telling stories about Valley newsmakers and trends for more than a decade. Before joining 3TV's "Good Evening Arizona" team, she was the morning news anchor at KPHO-TV in Phoenix.

Nicole loves meeting new people every day and finding ways to bring context to news unfolding in our community and our world.

A wife and mother of two little ones, Nicole is always exploring Arizona to uncover exciting adventures to share. She grew up in a big family, one of six kids in Tucson.

She graduated from the University of Arizona. Work and early internships took her from Manhattan to Spokane, WA, back to Arizona, where she and her high school sweetheart settled to start a family.

Nicole loves to read and keep busy with community service and crafts, like quilting baby blankets, something her mom taught her in elementary school.  

Nicole's passion for storytelling and helping others is why she got into journalism.

She won an Emmy for her field anchoring of the deadly Tucson shooting and assassination attempt of then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and another for her KPHO "Keeping the Promise" series on military struggles and success profiles.

She is an active board member for the nonprofit, Military Assistance Mission, supporting our Arizona military, their families and wounded warriors.

She believes everyone has a story and says the most interesting people she has interviewed weren't the actors or politicians who've been guests on the show over the years, but the "ordinary" people you'd never guess have overcome extreme odds and are doing extraordinary things every day

If you have a story you’d like to share with Nicole, click here to email her.

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