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Yessenia Funes

With a second degree in environmental studies, linking humans and the environment is Yessenia Funes' specialty. However, she can write about anything: Writing is a piece of cake. Everything else? She's working on it. Ms. Funes hopes to grow her multimedia skills at the Institute.


On her 22nd birthday, reporter Yessenia Funes didn’t hit up a bar to get her drink on. She went there to report — about Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Tucson. Stories don’t go as planned, but that doesn’t make them failures.


Diabetes is rampant among the Tohono O’odham, a nation in southwestern Arizona. They are taking the fight to the schools by bringing traditional foods into cafeteria lunches and planting gardens in the playground.

In Focus

With the temperature rising past 100 degrees, Thursday was a good day for Tucson’s city pools to open.