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AZ Illustrated

About AZ Illustrated

Southern Arizona’s nightly news magazine series airs at 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lineup:

AZ Illustrated Nature
MONDAY: Environmental news and issues unique to the Sonoran Desert landscape

AZ Illustrated Science
TUESDAY: Issues and advances in health care, scientific research and technology

AZ Illustrated Metro
WEDNESDAY: Government, economics, education: news and public policies affecting your life

AZ Illustrated Arts
THURSDAY: The vibrant arts and culture community that is distinctly Southern Arizona

AZ Illustrated Politics
FRIDAY: In-depth debate and analysis of the week’s local, state and national political news

AZ Illustrated Hosts

Georgia Davis Portrait

Georgia Davis hosts AZ Illustrated Nature on Monday. She comes to AZPM with experience as a journalist and social scientist. She has worked more than a decade in commercial and public radio and TV. Georgia is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Arizona School of Geography and Development

Jane Poynter Portrait

Alan Fischer hosts AZ Illustrated Science on Tuesday. Fischer is the public information officer at Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute, a private nonprofit corporation. He is a former reporter for the Tucson Citizen and the Arizona Daily Star, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

Maria Parham Portrait

Maria Parham, host of AZ Illustrated Metro on Wednesday, is editorial page editor of the Arizona Daily Star. She has four decades of experience as a writer and editor at the newspaper. Born in Florida, Maria grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from the University of New Mexico.

Debi Chase Mabie

Debi Chess Mabie hosts AZ Illustrated Arts on Thursday. Debi holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and graduate degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works for the Tucson Pima Arts Council.

Jim Nintzel Portrait

Having covered politics in Southern Arizona for two decades at the Tucson Weekly, Jim Nintzel hosts AZ Illustrated Politics on Friday. He is senior writer for the Weekly and an adjunct faculty member who has taught government reporting at the University of Arizona School of Journalism since 2001.


This weekend, the gates at Davis-Monthan Air Force base were opened to the public.

Davis-Monthan Opens Gates for Special Air Show

Make a Wish families, wounded warriors and World War II veterans were given a sneak peak of the show, presented by the Air Force's Thunderbirds.

Biosphere 2 Plans to Build Small Replica of Gulf of California

The Biosphere already has an ocean enclosed in a 700,000-gallon tank, but it eventually will become the home of the miniature Sea of Cortez.

Christopher Conover, a corespondent for Arizona Public Media and a scientist from Biosphere 2 dive in the facilities fully replicated ocean.

Diving Under Glass: Adventure .001 Leagues Under Sea

AZPM's Christopher Conover dives into the glass enclosed ocean at Biosphere 2; 'From time to time, my job lets me go and do things on my bucket list,' he says.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, April 11, 2014

A look at the state and city budget; Sen. John McCain joins the fight to save A-10s; immigration activists want President Obama to stop deportations.

Chalk Art Fest Turns Sidewalks into Canvases

A creative group gathers for the third annual Park Place Chalk Art Festival to make art seem like child's play.

A Z Illustrated Nature
AZ Illustrated Nature: Monday, April 14, 2014

Tucson Cactus Society; Sonoran Plant conference brings hundreds of species; rattlesnake encounters; diving in the ocean at Biosphere 2.

A Z Illustrated Science
AZ Illustrated Science: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Biosphere 2 looking into a mini replica of Sea of Cortez; entomologist explains why roaches can be great pets.

A Z Illustrated Metro
AZ Illustrated Metro: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New radio system improves first responders' communication; UA president discusses tuition stabilization; Roger Road wastewater facility improvements; special air show at Davis-Monthan.

A Z Illustrated Arts
AZ Illustrated Arts: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Watercolor artists explore Tucson; chalk art festival offers temporary masterpieces; TUSD drama teacher named People Magazine's 'teacher of the year', music from Domingo DeGrazia

A Z Illustrated Politics
AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, April 11, 2014

A look at the state and city budget; Sen. John McCain joins the fight to save A-10s; immigration activists want President Obama to stop deportations.