Stories By

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.



Mia Chism, a copy editor at the Institute, loves spending time with people who love journalism as much as she does and would rather copy-edit in her spare time than watch Netflix.


It took a journey through social media to find a woman who went through a violent and traumatic trek to the United States. This is one of many examples of how social media can be used as a tool in reporting.

In Focus

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