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

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This month during Arizona Edition’s Work Stories series, we are talking with fast-food workers.  Jamie Manriquez is a single mother who has worked in fast food for nearly a decade.  She took the job to help support her two daughters and, eventually, was promoted to a manager.  Here, Manriquez talks about some good and bad experiences on the job…(originally aired 03/12/14).

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Arizona Edition - All this month we will be hearing from fast food workers for our weekly series, Work Stories.  Anna Christina Bedoya is a barista at the coffee house on the campus of Arizona Western College.  Bedoya will soon be 20 and has been at her job for two years as she saves money for college.  As part of this week's Work Story, she talks about one of her regular customers…(originally aired 03/05/14).

Arizona Edition - Professor Richard (Ric) Jahna grew up in rural central Florida.  He has been a professor of English at Arizona Western College since 2007.  He helped found the Southwest Writers' Association of Arizona Western College, or SWAAWC, which has set up several events to support the writing community of Yuma, Arizona.  In this installment of Work Stories, Professor Jahna talks about the power of writing to positively influence a student's life...(originally aired 02/26/14).

Arizona Edition - Dr. Francisco Villa is a 34-year-old Associate Clinical Professor of Biology at Northern Arizona University-Yuma.  Dr. Villa is originally from Tucson.  He attended the University of Arizona before earning his graduate degree at the University of California, San Diego.  In this installment of Work Stories, Professor Villa discusses the difficulties some students face when shifting from the security of the classroom environment to the uncertainty of biological research…(originally aired 02/19/14).

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Arizona Edition - Adam Ekins is a 35-year-old Professor of Political Science at Arizona Western College.  Ekins grew up in Northern California and attended the University of San Diego for his graduate degree.  His father was also a college professor, which is part of the reason he chose to go into teaching.  Ekins currently lives with his wife in El Centro and commutes to Yuma to teach at AWC.  In this installment of Work Stories, Ekins discusses the emotional and logical aspects of politics as a classroom topic...(originally aired 02/12/14).

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