Work Stories

Work Stories airs every Monday during Arizona Edition.

The series focuses on the professional lives of local Yuma, Arizona residents as they recall memorable people and events.

In the heat of August, Work Stories is interviewing Yuma firefighters.

Through the end of May and throughout June, Work Stories looked through the eyes of morticians and those working in funeral services.  In April, Work Stories  explored the lives of mechanics; through March, we heard from fast food workers; in February, local college professors recalled their thoughts and memories; all through January, Border Patrol Agents from the Yuma Sector talked about some experiences on the job; during the month of December 2013, wait staff spoke about their daily lives and some memorable customers; in November, we heard from nurses as they discussed memories from the bedside; and in October, local high school teachers from the Yuma area shared their experiences as educators. 

Interviews for Work Stories are conducted and produced by KAWC Reporter Maya Springhawk Robnett

Yuma Fire Department

In this installment of Arizona Edition's Work Stories, Fire Marshal Kayla Holiman discusses how she got into the profession...(originally aired 08/19/14).

This piece was featured in the August 19th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces, as well as previous Work Stories, featured in the show can be found below in the related content section.

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition – Throughout this month in the Work Stories series, KAWC is interviewing Yuma firefighters. In this installment of Work Stories, Interim Battalion Chief Richard Root recalls his time spent in Prescott after the deaths of 19 firefighters during the Yarnell Hill Fire and an interesting experience he had as a firefighter in Yuma.  Root has been a Fire Captain for more than 7 years; he got into fire service when he was 24, more than 15 years ago…(originally aired 08/05/14).

In this installment of Arizona Edition’s Work Stories, we hear from Alma Garcia, who has been working at Yuma Mortuary in Yuma for about 3 years.  Here, Alma talks about the most difficult case she ever had to handle…(originally aired 06/18/14).

This piece was featured in the June 18th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show, as well as past Work Stories, can be found below in the related content section.

Darren Mattice

Darren Mattice is a 42-year old funeral director at the Yuma Mortuary.   In this installment of Arizona Edition's Work Stories, Mattice, who has been in funeral services for 2 decades, talks about detachment and the fine line between caring too much and not caring enough.  Mattice has been in Yuma for almost 11 years; he is a father of two…(originally aired 06/11/14).

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition - Frank Acuña started working in funeral services at the age of nineteen.  After a family tragedy, Acuña decided to continue work in the industry rather than pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  In this installment of Work Stories, Acuña recounts the road which led him to a 40-year-long career…(originally aired 06/04/14).

This piece was featured in the June 4th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show, as well as past Work Stories, can be found below in the related content section.

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