Peter O'Dowd

Reporter for KJZZ

Peter O'Dowd appears in the following:

More Men Put Ambitions On Back Burner For Their Partners' Careers

Monday, August 18, 2014

Women have been moving for their husbands' jobs for decades. But today, more men are following in their partners' footsteps — and grappling with the implications for their own careers.


Rubbish: Uncovering the Truth About Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What we throw away, where we toss it, and what gets recycled has been a concern for decades. As more and more Americans are living closer together in urban areas, the trash problem has become even bigger.

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Batter Up: Baseball Just Got Its Most Decorated Corn Dog

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The latest expression of over-the-top stadium food is a $25 bat-shaped corn dog packed with cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapeños. Its creator says he's game for some competition between teams.


In The Arizona Wilds, Burro Murders Baffle Investigators

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Despite federal protections, slow-moving wild donkeys are being targeted, and the shooters are getting away with it. Originally gold miners' pack animals, burros are symbolic of the American West.


Summer Nights: Phoenix's Piestewa Peak

Friday, August 30, 2013

On a summer night in Phoenix, city dwellers can watch a line of head lamps inch up Piestewa Peak. The mountain rises sharply more than 1,200 feet above the neighborhoods of Central Phoenix. It's the most popular outdoor trek in the city. But in July and August the sun turns deadly there and hikers wait until it's safely below the horizon to begin their ascent. At the top, the view unfolds like magic every time — a desert city of four million people that glows red, white and orange.


In Phoenix, 'Zombie' Subdivisions Rise From The Dead

Friday, June 28, 2013

During the Great Recession, whole neighborhoods in Phoenix were left half-built or mostly vacant. But now developers are buying these lots to keep up with the high demand for housing. The market isn't where it should be, but it's better than it was two years ago, one real estate agent says.


Is Jeff Flake The Most Unpopular Senator In The Country?

Monday, May 06, 2013

Some of Sen. Jeff Flake's constituents in Arizona are still livid over his recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. They say the Republican is ignoring their calls for a public meeting.


Restaurants Take Risks For Big Rewards At Phoenix Airport

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

One of the busiest airports in the country is in the midst of a major upgrade that will bring local restaurants into a space typically reserved for mega-corporate chains. Nearly two dozen Phoenix culinary landmarks have landed space at Sky Harbor. But there is a cost. Rent at the airport is 10 times more expensive in some cases, and some small businesses have gone into a lot of debt to get their foot in the door.


Phoenix Schools Under Fire For Program Linked To Scientology

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A group of Phoenix charter schools is facing criticism for using a teaching tool based on the work of L. Ron Hubbard, best known for founding the Church of Scientology. The tool has concerned parents in other schools, but the Phoenix schools' leader insists it has nothing to do with the church.


Chinese Solar Company Shuts U.S. Factory

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Chinese solar manufacturer Suntech has announced it's closing down its factory in Goodyear, Ariz. — the only one it has in the United States. The company says recent U.S. tariffs have made it too difficult to maintain its presence here.


The State of the Union in Seattle, Detroit, and Phoenix

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We continue now with our on-the-ground look at the state of something other than the union President Obama will talk about tonight in his State of the Union Speech. Austin Jenkins, is a statehouse reporter for the Northwest News Network and KUOW in Seattle. Craig Fahle is the host of the The Craig Fahle Show at WDET in Detroit. And Peter O'Dowd is the news director for Fronteras and KJZZ in Phoenix.

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The Issues at Hand: A Path to Immigration Reform

Friday, January 25, 2013

Despite progress in curbing deportation and prioritizing education for immigrants during Obama’s first term, the Latino constituency among others will look to see that immigration reform is delivered more fully over the next four years. Peter O’Dowd is the news director at KJZZ in Arizona and contributor to the Fronteras Desk and Congressman Luis Gutierrez is the Democratic representative to Illinois's fourth district.

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Politics and Voting in a Militarized Mexico

Monday, June 25, 2012

All this week, The Takeaway reports on the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico, a country trying to cope with a number of pressing problems. Peter O’Dowd, news director of KJZZ in Arizona, discusses the candidates and the situation on the ground. 


Arizona's Immigrant Law Results in Upsurge of "Self-Deportation"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

During the GOP Primaries, likely nominee Mitt Romney preached an immigration policy of "self-deportation". It just so happens that in the wake of the passage of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law, many of that state's undocumented immigrants are practicing self-deportation. But they're not necessarily going back to Mexico. Instead, many are crossing the border into surrounding states with more lenient immigration laws on the books. We're joined by Peter O'Dowd, News Director at KJZZ.


GOP Primary in Arizona

Monday, February 27, 2012

We have both the Arizona and Michigan primaries tomorrow. And while much of the debate is over Romney and Michigan, we'll leave that to the pundits for the time being and focus on Arizona. Often our reporting from that part of the country has been informed by Peter O'Dowd, news director from KJZZ in Arizona. Peter joins us in studio this morning here in New York where he gives us an update on the primary race in his home state.


Why Some Mormons Don't Support Romney in Arizona

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mitt Romney has had a hard time garnering support among social conservatives. But since he's a minister in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you'd think that unanimous support among Mormons would be a given. That's not the case in Arizona, where strict adherence to Mormon teachings have led some to adopt libertarian views — and support Ron Paul.

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What Happens to America's Deported?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Record numbers of undocumented immigrants have been deported under the Obama administration, despite the president's acknowledgment that the country's immigration policy separates families and punishes children. What happens to the deported when they return to their native countries after years — sometimes decades — in the U.S.? And what about their children, who are American citizens?

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Police Scuffle Sparks Racial Debate in Phoenix

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Last month, a black City councilmenber in Phoenix, Ariz. was tackled to the ground and handcuffed by a white police officer. At the time of the scuffle, the councilmember was checking on a neighbor whose house was on fire. The police department has since said its officer did nothing wrong. But many residents, particularly in South Phoenix, say this case highlights a deep-seeded racial conflict in the city and a long-standing mistrust between black residents and the police department.