Stories by Peter
Fronteras Desk is in Central America for two weeks. We're further south in this hemisphere than we've ever been. And as we always do, we'll come back with a few tales — reminders of just how connected our seemingly distant worlds really are.
Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake are part of the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group in the Senate that’s hammering out a proposal.
When the cold air comes, look for Styrofoam cups.
When the U.S. Senate takes up immigration reform, two lawmakers from Arizona will have a big hand in shaping the debate. Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are part of the so-called Gang of Eight, a bi-partisan group of elected officials crafting a reform proposal. Peter O’Dowd tells us what to expect from the influential pair and what their role in the debate means for a state that's become Ground Zero on immigration. To be published Jan. 22, 2013
Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat with a unique life story, will represent Arizona's new 9th Congressional District.
A peak inside U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's doctoral dissertation.
A economist says access to assault weapons in the United States affects violence in Mexican border towns.
A teenager's radio diary prompts thoughts on recovery.
A two-month trial period of flying Mexican deportees to Mexico City has ended.
Latino Decisions called Latino voters in battleground states like Colorado and Nevada part of the "Western firewall" that helped protect the president’s lead.
How Latinos helped President Obama win re-election in 2012.
Some states, lagging behind in the export business, see golden opportunity in Mexico's ports.
Businesses in Guaymas wonder how they'll get out of town.
The legendary architect has gotten a lot of attention lately as developers consider demolishing one of his houses in Phoenix. Here's a few tidbits about his work in Arizona.
A few ideas on how a journalist 'gets the story.'
Sometimes we inadvertently write about things that aren't news. Sorry.
A new model from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the groundwater supply across much of the Southwest has dangerously high levels of contamination.
Oh, the travails of being a radio reporter at an elementary school.
A key part of Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070, will soon take effect. A coalition of civil rights groups wanted the provision blocked, but a federal judge denied their request Wednesday.
A video of an Arizona Republican congressional candidate saying she doesn't want Middle Easterners in the U.S. is causing a stir on Election Day.
Climate models predict the Phoenix area will only get hotter. What does that mean for the four million residents who must adapt to a new reality?
My city – and probably your city – doesn’t have as many journalists working in places where they are often needed.
I hate the wind because it feels like every time it blows through my microphone, the source talking on the other end is saying something perfect
It was a historic election season in Mexico. Here's an update on a race we followed during our series "The Border and the Mexican Ballot."
A look at how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's immigration law will impact the state’s economy and police agencies.
The Mexican border town of Agua Prieta is electing a new mayor. Two women are running for the job for the first time in the town’s history. On a national stage, another woman is making a historic bid in Mexican politics.
When Mexico chooses a new president July 1, Americans will be watching. Especially the millions of people who live along the border with a personal stake in the outcome.
The president's policy would allow law-abiding people under the age of 30 to stay in the U.S. and apply for work authorization.
The violence in Mexico caused by the ongoing war among rival drug cartels could influence the country's upcoming presidential elections. One Texas border artist brings the scenes of this war — and the pain that accompanies it — to life.
Trade between the United States and Mexico reached half a trillion dollars in 2011.
We wanted to know if Mexican elections mattered to the United States. The simple answer: Yes. They do.
Fronteras Desk journalists Michel Marizco, Jill Replogle and Peter O'Dowd are reporting on the Mexican elections from Mexico and the impact they will have on the U.S.
An annual report released in Phoenix on Friday reveals U.S. Latinos are the 15th largest consumer market in the world.
Police have said the suspected gunman in a murder-suicide that killed five people Wednesday was white supremacist and Pinal County Sheriff candidate J.T. Ready.
Panamanian police are searching for a California woman who has been missing since late November.
Besides a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, a congressional committee will hold hearings on SB 1070.
The architect of Arizona's SB 1070 will testify before Congress this week, the day before the immigration law goes to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the controversial law. Some argue it has achieved its goal by forcing immigrants out.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments April 25 in a controversial immigration case - Arizona's SB 1070. Supporters say the law has achieved one of its goals: Thousands of illegal immigrants have left on their own.
Groups interested in the outcome of Arizona's immigration Supreme Court case have outlined their arguments.
The West is more diverse than ever. It’s also increasingly urban. What does that mean for American politics? It could signal a shift from a reliably conservative region to a more liberal voter base.
Mitt Romney is the man to beat in Arizona's upcoming primary. But some fellow Mormons say another candidate lines up better with their religious beliefs.
Democrats feel encouraged after some recent wins at the polls. But Republicans say they are motivated to retain power.
In 2008, President Obama largely ignored the home turf of his opponent, John McCain. His campaign says 2012 will be different.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to review the controversial law, which sparked similar legislation in Alabama, South Carolina and Utah.
Some political observers say the debate over states' rights and immigration reform is likely to shape the discourse in upcoming campaigns.
With up to 1 million undeveloped single-family lots in Central Arizona, planners look for solutions to the unused developments.
Zombie subdivisions are haunting the suburbs. The half-built developments are a nuisance to neighbors, city government and planners. In the first part of a multimedia series, we explore what should be done with the empty land and report how the answers will impact the region's economy.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords speaks publicly through Facebook about the shooting and other issues.
A day after ABC News aired an interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, she released a spoken message – this time through Facebook.
Arizona-based First Solar will face investors Thursday. The quarterly earnings call will be the first time managers from the leading U.S. solar panel manufacturer talk publicly after the CEO was fired.
Recent headlines have darkened the hopes of the rising solar power industry. But an Arizona company is shining a ray of light on the sector: Its manufacturing costs are low enough to compete with Third World factories.
Over the last 70 years, groundwater in Arizona's alluvial basins has been depleted by more than 74.5 million acre-feet, or approximately three times the maximum storage of Lake Powell.
Mexican officials will release the animals on a ranch in northeastern Sonora, near the U.S. Mexico border. The Mexican Wolf once roamed much of the Southwest.
American-born children living in Guatemala are caught between two worlds
After their parents' were deported, 16 American children moved to an impoverished Guatemalan town. Their future in both countries remains uncertain. It's the final story in our series, "Life After Deportation."
Many understand the draw, but not all are willing to go
In a Guatemalan town known for coffin building, the question of leaving has a way of hanging in the air. Three men debate the pros and cons of taking the perilous trip north to illegally enter the United States. It's the second story in the series "Life After Deportation".